Prior approval appeals: form and guidance

Application form to make an appeal if you are refused prior planning approval.

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

  • refuses prior approval

Some proposals for development, such as telecommunications, demolition, agriculture and forestry are subject to a procedure called prior notification and must be notified to a local planning authority before the development takes place. The authority will determine whether 'prior approval' is or is not needed.


Your appeal must be made within three months after the issue of the planning authority's decision. Appeals made after this cannot be considered. You must also send a copy of the appeal to the relevant planning authority.

The attached guidance explains:

  • how to submit documents to the DPEA electronically

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.

You can track the progress of your appeal online.

More information

This form and guidance relates to appeals made under:

Planning Circular 2/2015: Consolidated Circular on Non-domestic Permitted Development Rights provides context for this specific appeal.

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

Appeal Form - PAA.pdf
planning appeal process guide chart.pdf
Electronic Best Practice.pdf


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Telephone: 0300 244 6668

Planning and Environmental Appeals Division
Hadrian House
Callendar Business Park

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