Planning appeals and reviews

In certain circumstances you (or an agent working on your behalf) have the right to challenge the decision on your planning application.

Criteria for appeals and reviews

You can request an appeal or review in one of the following situations:

  • we refuse an application
  • we approve an application subject to conditions you feel are unreasonable
  • we have not made a decision within the set statutory time period

There are strict time limits for submitting an appeal or review. This is normally within 3 months of the decision date, your decision notice will include exact details.


There's no right of appeal or review if you objected to an application. However, you can seek a judicial review through the Court of Session if you feel we've erred in law. This court is unable to reconsider the planning merits of the case.

Request an appeal or review

The process depends on the type of development and how it was decided. Our letters to you include details of the appeal and review process.

Request an appeal or review

Development type


Submit a request

(decided by a planning officer)

Local Review Body

Decisions are reviewed by a panel of councillors from the Planning Applications Committee.


- Submit a Notice of Review online

Icon for pdf Download a Notice of Review form [PDF - 199KB]

(decided by committee)

Scottish Ministers


Appeals are considered by a reporter from the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division.

- Submit an appeal online



Appeal or review decisions are final but can be challenged through a judicial review.

Page last updated: 03/01/2020
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