Planning appeals: procedural guide

The responsibilities of each party and the roles they have in the planning appeal process.


Planning appeals: procedural guide

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This guide applies to:

  • planning appeals
  • householder development appeals
  • minor commercial appeals
  • listed building appeals
  • advertisement appeals
  • discontinuance notice appeals

It includes details about:

  • responsibilities of the appellant, the local planning authority and other parties
  • who decides an appeal?
  • what will the Inspector take into account?
  • what are the procedures?
  • can a proposed scheme be amended?
  • where will the decision be published?
Published 6 April 2015
Last updated 17 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. Advice on filming and recording at hearings and inquiries at para’s 3.5.3 and 3.5.4 has been updated
  2. Paragraph 2.4.3 has been re-worded for the sake of clarification.
  3. Paragraphs C.9.7 and D.8.6 removed, to reflect a review of site visit procedures where the Inspector could previously view from a neighbouring property where this had not previously been arranged
  4. The changes are: • Section C.5 grounds of appeal – additional wording added to give the deadline for the submission of a planning obligation or unilateral undertaking for HAS appeals; • Technical details consent section 2.4 added; • Removal of the reference to 7 working days from section 2.7.4 • Changing references from DCLG to MHCLG
  5. The guide has been updated to reflect legislative changes - see page 1 of the guide for further information.
  6. This document contains revised guidance on: Additional information which may be required by the Inspectorate, to be submitted with the appellant’s full statement of case, and the Local Planning Authority’s full statement of case (where it has not been provided with the appeal questionnaire) for appeals concerned with: use of land for the stationing of caravans for occupation by Gypsies or Travellers; removal of an agricultural occupancy condition attached to an earlier permission; the erection of a dwelling for an agricultural or, where applicable, other type of rural worker; and telecommunications installations.
  7. On 23 March 2016 the Planning Inspectorate published revised versions of its four procedural guides on Planning Appeals, Called-in Planning Applications, Enforcement Notice Appeals and Lawful Development Certificate Appeals. Each document highlights important changes.
  8. First published.