Timescales for planning, enforcement and householder appeals.

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27 March 2019
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The appeal handling process

The majority of appeals are decided by written representations only.

The time taken to decide an appeal can vary. The number of appeals we receive each month fluctuates and can affect the time taken to start a case.

Planning (including listed building) appeals

These appeals will be about a decision the local planning authority (LPA) has made on a planning application. These do not include householder and minor commercial appeals.

Planning appeals Start date to decision Average time to decide
Written representations 14 weeks 13.07 weeks
Hearings 21 weeks 19.27 weeks
Inquiries 29 weeks  30 weeks

Householder (including advertisement consent and other minor commercial) appeals

These are appeals that relate to refusal for development associated with:

  • a house
  • refusal to display an advertisement or sign
  • refusal for minor commercial development
Householder appeal Start date to decision Average time to decide
Written representations 8 weeks 6.26 weeks

Enforcement and lawful development certificate appeals

These are appeals against an enforcement notice (including listed building enforcement) or lawful development certificate in respect of your property.

Enforcement appeal Start date to decision Average time to decide
Written representations 27 weeks 21.53 weeks
Hearings 41 weeks 32.30 weeks
Inquiries 41 weeks  30.46 weeks

Appeal stages

Receipt to validation

You submit an appeal to the planning inspectorate. On receipt, we check that it is a valid appeal. If all documentation is submitted with the initial appeal the validation stage will take 3 to 5 working days.

Validation to start

Once the appeal has been validated, we will write to you with the timetable for the appeal. This includes deadlines for the submission of representations and support documents.

Start to event

We will identify a suitable inspector to consider the appeal submissions. The inspector will hold a site visit, hearing or an inquiry.

Event to decision

The inspector will make a final decision on your appeal based on the evidence submitted. The decision will be published on the appeals casework portal.