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Planning and enforcement appeals

This page gives a brief summary of how to appeal against planning decisions and enforcement notices, how you can take part in planning and enforcement appeals, and where you can find out about apppeals that have been made or decided.

An overview of the appeal process (new window) is available on the Planning Portal website.

Planning appeals 

If your planning application, listed building or conservation area consent has been refused, not decided within the appropriate period, or granted subject to conditions to which you object, you can appeal against the Council's decision to the Secretary of State under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The Planning Inspectorate administers these appeals on behalf of the Secretary of State. Almost all appeals are decided by Planning Inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State - the Secretary of State can decide any planning appeal, but does so in less than 2% of cases, usually if they are large or controversial developments.

Only the person who made the application for planning permission can appeal and there are strict time limits on the right to appeal:

  • If you want to appeal against a decision to refuse planning permission for a householder application then you must do so within 12 weeks of the date of the decision notice.
  • If you want to appeal against a decision to refuse planning permission for a non-householder application then you must appeal within 6 months of the date of the decision notice.

The Planning Inspectorate will consider accepting late appeals where there are exceptional circumstances for late submission. Reasons for late submission should be stated at the time of submission.

Detailed information about making a planning appeal (new window) is available on the Planning Portal website.

Submitting your appeal

You can submit your appeal to the Planning Inspectorate (new window) and track its progress online.

If you are unable to use the online service, paper forms are available from the Planning Inspectorate's customer services on 0117 372 6372 or by emailing a request for a form to enquiries@pins.gsi.gov.uk.

Enforcement appeals 

If you have been served with an enforcement notice you can appeal to the Secretary of State against the Council's decision under section 174 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The Planning Inspectorate must receive your enforcement appeal before the date on which the notice takes effect. This date should be shown on the enforcement notice and should be at least 28 days from when the enforcement notice was served on you. You should not wait until the last few days. If your enforcement appeal is received ‘out of time’ the Planning Inspectorate will not accept it.

There is no right of appeal against a breach of condition notice.

Anyone with an interest in the land may appeal, whether or not they have been served with a copy of the enforcement notice. This normally means the owner, tenant or leaseholder. A mortgage company or other lender can also have an interest. Anyone occupying the land with the owner’s permission may also appeal.

Detailed information about making an enforcement appeal (new window) is available on the Planning Portal website.

Submitting your appeal

You can submit your appeal to the Planning Inspectorate (new window) and track its progress online.

If you are unable to use the online service, paper forms are available from the Planning Inspectorate's customer services on 0117 372 6372 or by emailing a request for a form to enquiries@pins.gsi.gov.uk.

Search for appeals online 

You can search for appeals on the Planning Portal website and Suffolk Coastal's online planning register:

Guidance on the appeal process 

General guidance on the appeal process (new window) is available on the Planning Portal website.

The Planning Inspectorate has published the following guidance for people taking part in planning, enforcement and advertisement appeals. There are separate booklets for each procedure.

For planning appeals:

For enforcement appeals:

For advertisement appeals: