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Planning Appeals

This is the Planning Inspectorate’s main page on Planning Appeals.  On this page you will find all the guidance and information you need to make or take part in a planning appeal.  If you are looking for information on a specific appeal, or wish to make a new appeal online then you should go to our online appeals service

The Planning appeals process is designed for anyone who has applied to their council or national park authority for planning permission, but is unhappy with the resulting decision, or the lack of a decision (which should normally be made within 8 or 13/16 weeks).

Making a Planning Appeal

Procedural Guide - Planning appeals – England

This Guide applies:

  • to planning appeals where the local planning authority’s decision notice is dated 1 October 2013 or later;
  • to planning appeals where the local planning authority was due to make its decision on or after 1 October 2013 but has failed to do so;
  • where the date of the application for minor commercial permission is 1 October 2013 or later;
  • to advertisement appeals received on or after 1 October 2013.

Procedural Guide - Planning appeals and called-in planning applications - England

This Guide applies to:

  • planning appeals where the local planning authority’s decision notice is dated 30 September 2013 or earlier;
  • planning appeals where the local planning authority was due to make its decision on 30 September 2013 or earlier but has failed to do so.

Of particular note in both Procedural Guides is that the criteria for determining the appeal procedure have been revised and extended to apply to planning, enforcement, advertisement and discontinuance notice appeals from 3 October 2013.

The guides also explain that for appeals received on or after 1 October 2013, and called-in planning applications where the date of the call-in letter is 1 October 2013 or later, costs may be awarded at the initiative of the Inspector.

Other Important Information

Taking Part in a Planning Appeal

How Long Does an Appeal Take?

Costs

Other Guidance Notes