1. When you can appeal

Your local planning authority makes decisions about lawful development certificates.

You can appeal against a lawful development certificate decision if either:

  • you disagree with it
  • the decision wasn’t made within 8 weeks (6 weeks for work to a listed building)

Don’t appeal if you’ve already been given an enforcement notice. You may have to pay additional costs if you do.

Only the person who made the lawful development certificate application can appeal. If you didn’t apply, you can comment on an appeal instead.

There’s no fee for appealing.

Deadline for appealing

There’s normally no deadline. If you’re appealing an application about a listed building lawful development certificate, you must appeal within 6 months of the decision.

You can apply for planning permission at the same time as appealing a lawful development certificate decision.

When you can expect a decision

Once your appeal is validated, you’ll normally get a decision within 39 weeks.