Appeals: how long they take
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, and often does, change each month. This might affect how long it takes to deal with your appeal.
We have changed the way we set out information about how long appeals typically take. We have set this out around the four different stages of an appeal aiming to make the information clearer and easier to understand. The tables below are updated monthly. This information was last updated on 23 March 2017.
The timescales below are a guide. The number of appeals we receive each month fluctuates and this can affect the time taken to validate a case.
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.
|Planning Appeal||Receipt to Validation||Validation to Start||Start to Event||Event to Decision|
|Written Representations||2 weeks||5 weeks||9 weeks||4 weeks|
|Hearings||3 weeks||12 weeks||19 weeks||10 weeks|
|Inquiries||3 weeks||6 weeks||36 weeks||8 weeks|
These are appeals relating to refusal for development associated with a house such as a rear extension or roof alteration.
|Householder Appeal||Receipt to Validation||Validation to Start||Start to Event||Event to Decision|
|Written Representations||1 week||4 weeks||4 weeks||2 weeks|
These are appeals against an enforcement notice or other formal notice from the local planning authority (LPA) in respect of your property.
|Enforcement Appeal||Receipt to Validation||Validation to Start||Start to Event||Event to Decision|
|Written Representations||4 weeks||3 weeks||22 weeks||4 weeks|
|Hearings||3 weeks||8 weeks||27 weeks||5 weeks|
|Inquiries||4 weeks||7 weeks||37 weeks||5 weeks|
The appeal handling process
There are four stages involved in handling an appeal that will be determined by written representations or a hearing, and these are explained below. Appeals determined following an inquiry do not have a separate “validation” stage. Instead, when the appeal is started, the start letters declares the appeal to be valid
Receipt to validation.
You submit an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, Once it is received, we undertake certain checks to ensure it is a valid appeal. We will let you know when your appeal has been validated. The times stated above include appeals that have been submitted but cannot be validated until further documentation has been submitted.
Validation to start.
Once the appeal has been validated, we identify a suitable Inspector to decide the appeal.. The time this takes depends on several things, including the type of appeal and the procedure type.
Start to event.
Once we have identified a suitable Inspector, we will write to you with the timetable for the appeal, including deadlines for the submission of representations and support documents. The Inspector will also hold a site visit, a hearing or an inquiry.
Event to decision.
The Inspector will then make a final decision regarding your appeal, based on the evidence submitted. You will be notified of the decision.
For more information about the appeals handling process and the types of procedure types, read the Planning Inspectorate’s Procedural Guide.
Published: 1 January 2014
Updated: 23 March 2017
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- The monthly figures and the way they are set out have been updated
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