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Appealing against a planning decision

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 can't 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.

You may also find our planning regulations enforcement guidance (pdf) useful.

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.

Please note that different timescales apply when the development is also subject to an enforcement notice:

  • 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 this notice.
  • 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 notice giving our decision, whichever period expires sooner.

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.

View details of current and decided planning appeals

You can view the details of current and decided planning appeals on our online planning register or on the Planning Inspectorate website