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When and how you can appeal or comment on an enforcement notice.

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9 January 2019
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When you can appeal

Your local planning authority may send you an enforcement notice if you’ve built or changed something without planning permission.

You can appeal against an enforcement notice if you own, rent or lawfully occupy the property or land it applies to.

Anyone can comment on an appeal.

There's no fee for appealing, unless you want planning permission granted. 

Deadline for appealing

Your appeal must be received before the date the enforcement notice takes effect.

When you can expect a decision

Once your appeal has started, you’ll normally get a decision within 27 weeks but it can take longer.

How to appeal

Make your appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

If you want to appeal more than one enforcement notice you must make a separate appeal for each. Each person should appeal separately.

You also need to 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:

  • a full statement of case 
  • any supporting documents that directly support your appeal or that you wish to use as evidence, for example the enforcement notice

You can upload these documents when you appeal online. Or send them by post or email to the Planning Inspectorate.

The Planning Inspectorate
Crown Buildings
Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ

Comment on an appeal

Anyone can comment on an enforcement notice 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 any interested persons about the appeal. They have to do this within 1 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 the start date, what happens next and how long your appeal may take.

The Planning Inspectorate will then consider your appeal. You will normally get a decision within 27 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.

If you disagree with the appeal decision

You can challenge the decision in the High Court if you think the Planning Inspectorate made a legal mistake.

Get advice from a lawyer if you’re unsure about this.