Understanding planning decision notices

What decision notices mean and how long they are valid

What decision notices mean and how long they are valid for.

If planning permission is granted

When permission is granted, the decision notice sets out any conditions that must be observed and the reasons for these conditions. Occasionally planning permission may be granted unconditionally, i.e. without any conditions.

The back of the decision notice contains information to help the applicant and details of how they can appeal against the conditions imposed. Some decision notices also include informatives drawing attention to particular conditions; other regulations that may apply and other permissions that may be required.

A further application may be needed to:


How long does planning permission last?

The decision notice will state how long it is valid for - usually 3 years from the date of decision. If work doesn’t start within this time a new planning application is needed.

You can apply to extend the planning permission before it expires – usually by a further 3 years.

Application form and notes to extend time limit

A fee is payable for these applications

If planning permission is refused

When permission is refused, the decision notice sets out the reasons why. The back of the decision notice contains details of how the applicant can appeal.

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