After you have received a decision on your planning application, you have the right to appeal against a refusal or against conditions attached to the approval.
Who can appeal
Appeals may only be made by or on behalf of the person who made the application. There is no third party right of appeal. This means that objectors or other people affected by a planning application cannot make an appeal if they are unhappy about the decision.
How to appeal
You must submit your appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.
Details on how to appeal are provided in the decision notice or on GOV.UK.
Time limits for appealing
You must appeal within a specific timeframe of the decision date. This will depend on the application or development type:
- An appeal to a householder application or minor commercial application must be made within 12 weeks.
- An appeal to an advertisement application must be made within eight weeks.
- Appeals to all other application types or development types must be made within six months.
- If an enforcement notice has been served before your planning application has been determined, the time limit to appeal is 28 days from the date of the planning decision.
- If an enforcement notice is served after your planning application has been determined, the time limit to appeal is 28 days from the date the enforcement notice is served upon you or within six months (12 weeks in the case of a householder appeal) of the date of the planning decision, whichever period expires sooner.
Please note that different timescales apply when the development is also subject to an enforcement notice:
You may also appeal where your application hasn't been decided within the statutory time frame, usually 8, 13 or 16 weeks depending on the development type.
After you appeal
An independent planning inspector will consider your appeal. Once the inspector has made a decision on the case, you no longer have a right of appeal unless you challenge the decision in the High Court on a point of law.
The Planning Inspectorate and Planning Portal websites provide further information to assist you regarding the appeal process, including making an appeal and commenting. You can also search for an appeal online.
The above does not apply if an enforcement notice has been served, in which case you can only appeal within 28 days of a planning permission (if an enforcement notice was served prior to any application or its determination) or 28 days of the service of an enforcement notice where an application was determined for the development which is the subject of the notice before the notice was served.
You can find more information on enforcement appeals on the planning portal.
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