Planning and development – guidance

Appeals: average timescales

Latest average timescales for planning, enforcement and householder appeals.

The Planning Inspectorate receives around 20,000 appeals each year. The number and type of appeals submitted can fluctuate month by month and this might affect how long it takes to deal with your appeal.

The table below shows the type of appeal and the number of weeks it is currently taking to arrange a date for an event and make a decision after a valid appeal has been received. The table is updated every month. This information was last updated on 19 July 2016.

Written Representations

Appeal Type Average time from receipt to start Average time from start to site visit Average time from start to decision
Householder 4 weeks 9 weeks 11 weeks
Planning (including listed building) 6 weeks 13 weeks 18 weeks
Enforcement 5 weeks 27 weeks 33 weeks

Hearings

Appeal Type Average time from receipt to start Average time from start to hearing Average time from start to decision
Planning (including listed building) 10 weeks 16 weeks 25 weeks
Enforcement 7 weeks 29 weeks 43 weeks

Inquiries

Appeal Type Average time from receipt to start Average time from start to inquiry Average time from start to decision
Planning (including listed building) 13 weeks 31 weeks 46 weeks
Enforcement 12 weeks 40 weeks 51 weeks

Note: Some appeals may take longer. If you have submitted an appeal and not been notified of an event within the timescales above please call 0303 444 5000.