Planning permission appeals: form and guidance

How to make a planning permission appeal.

This document is part of a collection

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
Appeal Notes for appellants - PPA.pdf
Electronic Best Practice.pdf
planning appeal process guide chart.pdf


If you take part in the appeals process, use DPEA websites, contact the division or attend a webcast, the DPEA may collect certain information about you. To find out more about what information is collected, how the information is used and managed please read the DPEA's privacy notice

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Telephone: 0300 244 6668

Planning and Environmental Appeals Division
Hadrian House
Callendar Business Park

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