Planning decisions and appeals

If you are unhappy with the decision made on your planning application you can either; appeal or request a review using the eplanning system.

Options available to you will be explained on your decision notice. You can only appeal or request to review a decision if:

  • you are the applicant
  • the application is refused
  • the application is approved, but subject to conditions you feel are unsuitable
  • the authority has not made a decision within a set period
  • it is within three months of the date of the decision notice
  • it is within the two-month expiry period allowed to assess the application

Requesting a Review

Reviews are made by a Local Review Body - a committee made up of at least three elected members. To request a review you should submit a Notice of Review with:

  • details of why you want the application to be reviewed
  • all relevant documents, materials and evidence as to why you feel the application should be reviewed


Making an Appeal

Appeals are dealt with by the Scottish Government's Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA). Further information on how the appeal system works can be found on the DPEA website.