Appealing a planning decision

Free to make, appeals against planning applications can only be made by the applicant, or an agent working on their behalf. Third parties cannot appeal a decision.

Providing further information on the appeals process, you can make an online Planning Permission appeal at the Planning Portal.

Who can appeal a Planning Permission decision?

Typically, only the building owner, person making the original application or the representing agent can appeal. Other instances for appeal are valid for:

  • anyone issued with an Enforcement Notice
  • anyone issued with a Stop Notice (Discontinuance Notice)
  • anyone with a legal interest in the land at the time of appeal
  • anyone occupying the land when notice has been served and at the time of appeal

How long does an appeal take?

Appeals must be lodged within 12 weeks from the time that a refusal is received. When received:

  • appeals usually take between 7 and 8 weeks
  • the process can take several months

What planning decisions can be appealed against?

Basic refusals to grant Planning Permission can be appealed. If no decision over an application has been received within 8 weeks, an appeal can also be lodged. Other instances when appeals can be lodged are:

  • a refusal to grant Listed Building consent
  • a refusal to give Conservation Area consent
  • a refusal to allow works on a TPO tree
  • when an Enforcement Notice has been issued
  • when a Stop Notice has been issued

In all instances, The Planning Casework Service will handle the appeal. Managed by the Planning Inspectorate, you can make a planning appeal online.

A paper copy of the planning appeal form can also be requested from:

Room 3Q Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN

In both instances, a copy of the appeal must be sent to us:

Design and Development, PO Box 11652, Solihull B91 9YA