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Appeals: average time they take broken down by stage

Latest average timescales for planning, enforcement and householder appeals broken down by stage

Planning (including listed building) appeals

These appeals will be in respect of a decision that the local planning authority (LPA) has made in relation to a planning application other than a householder appeal.

For appeals dealt with by written representations or a hearing:

Planning Appeal Receipt to Start Start to Event Event to Decision
Written Representations 14 weeks within which:
Receipt to Validation is 1 week
10 weeks 5 weeks
Hearings 18 weeks within which:
Receipt to Validation is 1 week
15 weeks 5 weeks

For appeals dealt with by an inquiry:

Planning appeals that are decided following an inquiry do not have a separate “validation” stage. Instead, when the appeal is started, the start letter declares the appeal to be valid, and the necessary validity checks will have been carried out so that an inquiry can arranged.

Planning Appeal Receipt to Start Start to Event Event to Decision
Inquiries 5 weeks 28 weeks 8 weeks

These are appeals relating to refusal for development associated with a house such as a rear extension or roof alteration, refusal to display an advertisement or sign and refusal for minor commercial development such as ground floor alterations like shop fronts and security shutters.

Householder Appeal Receipt to Start Start to Event Event to Decision
Written Representations 7 weeks within which:
Receipt to Validation is 1 week
5 weeks 3 weeks

All enforcement and lawful development certificate appeals

These are appeals against an enforcement notice (including listed building enforcement) or lawful development certificate in respect of your property.

Enforcement Appeal Receipt to Start Start to Event Event to Decision
Written Representations 20 weeks within which:
Receipt to Validation is 2 weeks
16 weeks 4 weeks
Hearings 25 weeks within which:
Receipt to Validation is 1 week
22 weeks 8 weeks
Inquiries 19 weeks within which:
Receipt to Validation is 6 weeks
32 weeks 3 weeks
Published 1 January 2014
Last updated 12 September 2018 + show all updates
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