thousands of people have reported potential planning breaches by their neighbours, the YEP can reveal.
More than 3,800 complaints have been made about the possible sidestepping of planning rules in Leeds over two years.
Leeds City Council has handed out 276 planning enforcement notices to businesses, developers and homeowners who have flouted local planning legislation during the same period.
Complaints include developments that do not have the correct planning permission or have been built differently from approved plans.
Concerns include changes to listed buildings without consent businesses displaying advertisements or unauthorised work to protected trees.
In the most severe cases enforcement notices could lead to the demolition of structures.
Businesses or homeowners could also be forced by planners to replace buildings or trees that have been removed without the correct planning permission. Councillor Peter Gruen, executive board member responsible for neighbourhoods, planning and support services, said breaches of planning control were taken very seriously and that the council relied, in part, on the public reporting any suspected breaches.
“Most of our complaints come from neighbours or councillors, as well as from officers as part of their routine checks of new developments,” he said.
But the authority refused to reveal how many of the planning enforcement notices had resulted in court action when asked by the YEP.
Leeds City Council has received 841 complaints so far this year which have seen planners issue 74 enforcement notices across the city.
On average the council deals with around 4,000 planning applications every year.
Coun Gruen added: “We always follow up reports of a possible breach to investigate whether anything has been contravened, what harm, if any, has been caused and what action we may need to take.
“The types of complaints we investigate vary widely as do the actions we take to ensure any breach it is put right.
“We certainly welcome reports from members of the public and I would urge anyone who has any concerns to contact our planning compliance team.”