This section applies to appeals about:
Information on how to submit an appeal and time limits in which an appeal must be made, can be found in how to submit an appeal, or in the case of high hedge appeals in Guidance and Notes for Appellants - HHA. The appeals guide also provides a short guide to the appeal system.
We publish all documents in these appeals on our dedicated case information website. How to search for an appeal or decision provides guidance on using the site. Please note that all documents relating to an appeal will be published on the internet. More information on publication of documents can be found in DPEA data protection.
For mineral workings, scheduled monuments, hazardous substances and certificates of appropriate development the decision of the reporter or Scottish Ministers is final. However, a party who is aggrieved by the decision may appeal to the Court of Session on a point of law within 6 weeks of the date of the decision. However the procedures for challenging decisions in environmental appeals and high hedge appeals are different (as they are made by way of an application for judicial review) and are therefore subject to a time limit of three months.
The Court may quash a decision if it is satisfied that there has been an error of law. Scottish Ministers or DPEA would then take a fresh decision on the appeal, however there would be no guarantee that a successful challenge to the Court will result in a different decision. See our guide on Challenging Decisions for further information.