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Appealing a decision

​​​If you apply for planning permission and your proposed work is rejected we will write to you giving the reasons. If you are unhappy about the reasons, or if you do not understand them, contact us for more information.  The letter we send will also contain a guidance note explaining your options for what to do next.


We recommend you try to negotiate an amended scheme rather than submit an appeal. In the first instance contact the planning officer who was allocated to the original scheme.


Welsh Government records​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window show that, on average, only about one appeal in three is successful.


If your application has been rejected, you may have one chance to be able to submit another application with modified plans free of charge within 12 months of the decision on your first application.


However, if you have contacted us to discuss your rejection you may still want to think about making a planning appeal. Making an appeal should always be the last resort.


If you do decide to appeal you must:


1. Check you are allowed to appeal 


You can appeal:


  • If you submitted the planning application in the first place, or if you are acting as Executor for another person who did
  • If a Discontinuance Notice has been served on you. This is a notice that requires you to stop displaying an advert or using land to display an advert.
  • If an Enforcement Notice has been served on you.

  • If you have a legal interest in the land when the appeal is made.

  • If you are a relevant occupier the land both when the notice was served and when the appeal was made. 


There is no right of appeal for anyone else.


In most circumstances you should be able to make the appeal yourself, but someone else can do it for you, acting on your behalf.


Read more about making an appeal​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window or contact our planning team.


2. Appeal within the deadline

This is usually 6 months of the decision on your first application for most applications, and 12 weeks for household applications and A1, A2 and A3 commercial applications. Permission to display adverts it is eight weeks. See Welsh Government Planning Appeal Guidance​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window on the Planning Portal.


3. Submit your appeal


You can appeal a planning decision​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window via the Planning Portal.  This has everything you need to know about the appeals process, including making an appeal, commenting on an appeal and guidance on making your appeal.


4. Send Cardiff Council a copy of your appeal


You must send a copy of your appeal and all the supporting documents to us at or by post to:


Development Control
Room 201
County Hall
Atlantic Wharf
CF10 4UW




It does not cost anything to make an appeal against a refusal of planning permission. 


How long does it take?

You should allow enough time to make sure that everything is submitted via the Planning Portal and copies are sent to Cardiff Council before the deadline.


It usually takes around 15 to 30 weeks for a decision to be made.

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