When and how you can appeal against a water abstraction and impoundment licence decision.
When you can appeal
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) makes decisions about water abstraction and impoundment licences. Appeals can be made against:
- abstraction and impoundment licences,
- abstraction transitional licences,
- relevant projects with environmental impact assessments.
You can appeal against a water abstraction or impoundment licence decision if you made the original application to NRW. You can appeal if either:
- you disagree with it
- the decision was not made within 3 months
There's no fee for appealing.
Deadline for appealing
Your appeal must be received within 28 days of receipt of NRW’s decision.
When you can expect a decision
Once your appeal has started, you should get a decision within 14 weeks but it can take longer.
How to appeal
Please fill in the appeal form.
You’ll also need to submit copies of the following documents:
- the relevant application,
- any supporting documents submitted to NRW,
- NRW’s decision notice,
- any relevant correspondence with the local planning authority,
- any other documents including maps and plans which are relevant to the appeal.
You can make your appeal by post or email to the Planning Inspectorate.
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 NRW.
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 appeal guidance contains more details on the appeal procedures.