Claim planning appeal costs

1. Overview

You can claim costs if someone involved in your planning appeal behaves unreasonably and costs you money.

You make a claim for an ‘award of costs’ to the Planning Inspectorate. If you’re successful, you’ll have to reach an agreement with the other party about how much they pay.

You can be asked to pay costs if you behave unreasonably during your own appeal. The Planning Inspectorate can do this even if nobody’s claiming costs against you.

Deadline to claim for costs

The deadline depends on whether your appeal will be decided:

  • at a hearing or inquiry - apply before it closes
  • in writing - apply when you appeal for householder, commercial and tree preservation orders, or before the final comments stage for anything else

The deadline is different for claims about:

  • a site visit (eg someone didn’t attend) - apply within 7 days
  • a withdrawn appeal or enforcement notice - apply within 4 weeks