Appeal a planning decision

When you can appeal

Your local planning authority makes decisions on planning applications.

You can appeal a planning decision if either:

  • you disagree with it
  • the decision was not made within 8 weeks (13 weeks for a major development, such as 10 or more dwellings or a building of more than 1,000 square metres)

There’s a different process to appeal a householder planning decision for a smaller project like an extension, conservatory or loft conversion.

There’s no fee for appealing.

Only the person who made the application can appeal. If you did not apply, you can comment on an appeal instead.

Deadline for appealing

If you disagree with a decision, you must appeal within 6 months of the date on the decision notice from your local planning authority.

If they did not make a decision within 8 weeks, you can appeal up to 6 months after the decision was due.

The deadline’s earlier if you’ve received an enforcement notice - you must appeal within 28 days of the notice.

When you can expect a decision

Once your appeal has been validated, you’ll normally get a decision within 19 weeks.