Where you have made an application for planning permission and want to challenge the terms of the planning authority's decision (or where no decision has been made within the set timescale), you will have the right to either appeal to Scottish Ministers or request a review by the planning authority's local review body. Only one of these options will be available to you; which one depends upon the circumstances of your application. The option which applies to your case will normally be explained in correspondence and the decision you have received from the planning authority.
In planning permission appeals the reporter, or Scottish Ministers, may uphold or dismiss the appeal, or reverse or vary any part of the decision of the planning authority. This can include amending a condition previously attached to the grant of premission.
If a planning application relates to a development of national importance it must be notified to Scottish Ministers who may decide the application themselves ("call in application"). Cases which are called in are allocated to a reporter who will make a report and recommendation to Ministers. The Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 apply to such cases with some minor modifications.
A short guide to the appeals system can be found in the appeals guide. Section 9.1 of the appeals guide explains the procedures that apply to appeals. To submit an appeal electronically use the Online Appeal and Application System or download an appeal form and submit it by e-mail.
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 can be found in the DPEA data protection section.