Time limits for making an appeal

There are different time limits to make an appeal depending on the type of appeal and the circumstances.

For an appeal in relation to: 
 

Refusal of a householder planning application 

We must receive it within 12 weeks from the date on the decision notice but if the local planning authority has taken enforcement action - note the Enforcement information below.
 
Note – If the local planning authority has failed to determine a householder planning application or an appeal is being made against the grant of permission subject to conditions to which the applicant objects, the time limits under “other types of planning applications” below apply.

Advertisement consent application 

The Planning Inspectorate must recieve your appeal:
 
  • within 8 weeks of the date of receipt of the decision; or
  • within 8 weeks of the expiry of the period which the local planning authority had to determine the application. 
Note – The local planning authority determination period is usually 8 weeks. If the applicant has agreed a longer period with the local planning authority, the time limit runs from the end of that period. 
Note – If the local planning authority has failed to determine an application for express consent to display an advertisement or an appeal is being made against the grant of consent subject to conditions to which the applicant objects, the time limits under “other types of planning applications” below apply.

Refusal of a planning application for ‘minor commercial’ development

The Planning Inspectorate must recieve it within 12 weeks from the date on the decision notice.  But if the local planning authority has taken enforcement action - note the 
important information in paragraph 2.4.3. 
 
Note – If the local planning authority has failed to determine a planning application for minor commercial development or an appeal is being made against the grant of permission subject to conditions to which the applicant objects, the time limits under “Other types of planning applications” below apply.

Other planning applications 

We must receive it: 
 
  • within 6 months from the date on the decision notice, or 
  • within 6 months from the expiry of the period which the local planning authority had to determine the application. 
 
But if the local planning authority has taken enforcement action - see Enforcement below.
 
Note – The local planning authority determination period is usually 8 weeks (usually 13 weeks for major developments). However, if the local planning authority has also to determine an environmental impact assessment application the determination period is 16 weeks. If the applicant has agreed a longer perion with the local planning authority, the time limit runs from the end of that period.

Enforcement

If an enforcement notice has been served for the same or very similar development for the above appeals the time limit is: 

  • within 28 days from the date of the local planning authority’s decision if the enforcement notice was served before the decision was made yet not longer than 2 years before the application was made. 
  • within 28 days from the date the enforcement notice was served if served on or after the date the decision was made (unless this extends the normal appeal period). 

Listed building consent application 

The Planning Inspectorate must recieve your appeal:
  • within 6 months from the date on the notice of the decision, or 
  • within 6 months of the expiry of the period which the local planning authority had to determine the application. 
 
Note – The local planning authority determination period is usually 8 weeks. If the applicant has agreed a longer period with the local planning authority the time limit runs from the end of that period.