Planning appeals

Information about the Planning Appeal System

Appeals Process

It is usually possible to Appeal a Planning Application permission if:

  • your application isn't decided within a set period
  • we refuse your application
  • we grant it with conditions you disagree with

Strict time limits apply for the right to Appeal and there are different procedures. The timeframes to lodge an appeal within are:

  • Refusal of Householder planning applications (HAS) - 12 weeks from the date of the decision notice.
  • Refusal of Minor commercial development (CAS) - 12 weeks from the date of the decision notice.
  • Refusal of Advert Consent - 8 weeks from the date of the decision notice.
  • All other application types - 6 months from the date of the decision notice.

Lodging an appeal

Appeals should be made directly to the Planning Inspectorate. Please note only the person, who applied for planning permission, can make an appeal.

For guidance on making an appeal please visit the Appeals advice pages on the Planning Portal

or you can contact The Planning Inspectorate directly at:

The Planning Inspectorate,
Temple Quay House,
2 The Square,
Temple Quay,
BS1 6PN.

Telephone: 0117 372 8000

Email at:

What the appeal process may cost you

The appeal process for submitting an appeal is free.  You and we (the local planning authority) normally have to pay our own expenses whether it is decided by the written procedure, a hearing or an inquiry. Your costs will depend on whether you employ professional advisers or representatives.

It is possible that one party may be required to pay the other party's costs. The Inspector will only recommend this if the person applying for costs can show that the other side behaved unreasonably, resulting in unnecessary or wasted expense.

Contact us

Planning Services

Development Management
Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700

0345 8 506 506