Enforcement is focussed on promoting compliance with legal rules or to prevent (further) breaches of these rules. If someone does not fulfil the administrative law regulations then the public body can use various enforcement tools. An interested party can also submit an application for enforcement to the public body. The public body can decide following this application to proceed with enforcement. There are several enforcement tools for this which a public body, such as the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, can use; an order for administrative coercion, order subject to a penalty and administrative penalty.
Before one proceeds with the actual implementation of administrative coercion, the offender, subject to the exception of very urgent cases, must be informed of the decision about the breach and of the period in which the offender must personally remedy the breach.
An order for administrative coercion is not always the obvious choice, as is the case in regularly reoccurring or continuing breaches. In these cases it is often more effective to give the offender a period of time in which to cease the breach or to prevent the repeat of the breach. If the offender does not do so he or she will have to pay a penalty.
Contrary to the remedial sanctions of an order for administrative coercion and an order subject to a penalty, the administrative penalty is a punishing sanction.