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Planning permission appeals: form and guidance

How to make a planning permission appeal.

You have the right to make a planning permission appeal to Scottish Ministers where a planning authority:

  • has refused your application
  • has imposed conditions you disagree with
  • has not issued a decision within the set timescale

The attached documents are as follows:

  • appeal form
  • appeal notes for appellants (how to complete and submit your form and how to get in touch)
  • electronic best practice (how to submit documents electronically)
  • planning appeal process guide chart (outlines the appeals process)
Before you complete and submit the form, please ensure that you have the right to appeal to Scottish Ministers. In some circumstances it is more appropriate to challenge the decision or non-determination through the planning authorities' local review body. This will be clearly stated in the authority's decision notice issued to you.You must send a copy of the appeal to the relevant planning authority.

Your appeal must be made within three months after the issue of the planning authority's decision. Or within three months from the date the decision should have been issued. Appeals made after this cannot be considered.

There is no fee for this type of appeal. Everybody who participates in the process is normally expected to cover their own expenses.

This appeal can also be made using the eplanning portal.

More information

This form and guidance relates to appeals made under:

A guide to planning appeals explains what can be appealed to ministers and provides context for our appeals forms.

Appeal Form - PPA.pdf

4 page PDF

Appeal Notes for appellants - PPA.pdf

7 page PDF

Electronic Best Practice.pdf

2 page PDF

planning appeal process guide chart.pdf

1 page PDF


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Scottish Government
Planning and Environmental Appeals Division
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Callendar Road

28 Apr 2016
Planning permission appeals: form and guidance