When and how you can appeal or comment on a planning decision.
When you can appeal
Your local planning authority makes decisions on planning applications.
You can appeal a planning decision if either:
- you disagree with it
- the decision was not made within 8 weeks
There’s a different process to appeal a householder planning decision for a smaller project like an extension, conservatory or loft conversion.
There’s no fee for appealing.
Only the person who made the application can appeal. If you did not apply, you can comment on an appeal instead.
Deadline for appealing
If you disagree with a decision, you must appeal within 6 months of the date on the decision notice from your local planning authority.
If they did not make a decision within 8 weeks, there is no deadline for appealing.
If you’ve received an enforcement notice you must appeal within 28 days of the notice.
When you can expect a decision
Once your appeal has started, you’ll normally get a decision within 14 weeks but it can take longer.
How to appeal
Make your appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.
If you want to appeal more than one decision you must make a separate appeal for each.
Send a copy of your appeal, including all the supporting documents, to your local planning authority. The Planning Inspectorate will tell you how to do this.
Documents you must provide
You’ll need to submit copies of:
- your original application
- the site ownership certificate
- the local planning authority’s decision notice (if they did not make a decision, submit a copy of the letter acknowledging your application)
- all plans, drawings and documents you sent to the local planning authority
- any plans, drawings or documents relating to the application which weren’t sent to the local planning authority
- all correspondence with the local planning authority relating to the application
- your appeal form (if you’re appealing by post or e-mail)
- any other documents that directly support your appeal, for example your full statement of case
You can upload these documents when you appeal online. Or send them by post or email to the Planning Inspectorate.
The Planning Inspectorate
Comment on an appeal
Anyone can comment on a planning appeal. Find the case on the appeals casework portal.
The deadline for comments is 4 weeks after the start date of the appeal.
Your local planning authority must tell anyone who has commented on the original application (interested parties) that there’s an appeal.
They have to do this within a week of the appeal being started by the Planning Inspectorate.
Read the detailed guidance about taking part in an appeal.
After you appeal
The Planning Inspectorate will check your appeal to make sure it’s valid. They’ll tell you what happens next and how long your appeal may take.
The Planning Inspectorate will then consider your appeal. You’ll normally get a decision within 14 weeks of the starting date but it can take longer.
If anyone behaves unreasonably
You can apply for an award of costs if anyone involved in your appeal has cost you money by behaving unreasonably, for example missing deadlines. You can have costs awarded against you too.
You can complain about how the Planning Inspectorate handled your appeal. There’s no time limit for complaints.