Planning appeals

If you're an applicant and want to make an appeal against a planning decision, then you should contact the Planning Inspectorate at:

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

Can I appeal?

If you are the applicant, there is a right of appeal against most planning decisions taken by us. 

You can appeal if:

  • no decision has been reached on the application within the statutory eight week period (13 weeks for major applications)
  • the application is refused
  • if we have granted permission but you disagree with any of the conditions that have been imposed.

Information on how to appeal is issued along with the decision notice in every case where a right of appeal applies.

There is no right of appeal for third parties (this includes neighbours) or interested organisations. 

How much time do I have to appeal?

Appeals must be made within a strict time limit from the date of the decision as listed below:

  • Refusals of householder and minor commercial applications  - 12 weeks from the date of the decision notice.
  • Refusal of advertisement consent - eight weeks from the date of the decision notice.
  • All other application types - six months from the date of the decision notice.
  • Appeals against non-determination within six months of the expiry date of the application

How are appeals dealt with?

  • Householder and minor commercial appeals:  This is an expedited appeal process for householder, advertisement, and minor commercial applications.  Third parties do not have the opportunity to make further representations to the Planning Inspectorate.
  • Written representations:  This is the most common method and involves written submissions from the person making the appeal (appellant) and us.  Third parties can also make comments to the Planning Inspectorate.
  • Hearing:  This type of appeal involves an informal discussion of the issues, which is lead by the Planning Inspector following written submissions.  Third parties can also make representations to the Planning Inspectorate
  • Public inquiry:  This is the most formal of the appeal processes and is usually reserved for cases that are complex, controversial or need witnesses to be cross examined. Third parties can also make representations to the Planning Inspectorate.

Have your say on appeals

If you made a comment about the original planning application, it will be sent to the Planning Inspectorate.

If you would like to comment on an appeal, send your comments to the Planning Inspectorate within five weeks of the start date of the appeal.  

Please note - for householder and minor commercial appeals you do not have the opportunity to make further comments.

Viewing appeal documentation online

Some appeals and documentation can be viewed online, see the Planning Portal website.

Contact information

Development Management

Brunel House, 2nd Floor, Bazaar Wing

Bristol City Council, PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Visit Brunel House - we operate appointment only visits to this office. Please telephone to make an appointment.

Visiting address:
Brunel House
St George's Road


Tel: 0117 922 3000