Appeal or revise an application

Appeal a refused application

Applicants have a right of appeal to the Secretary of State if:

  • the council fails to reach a decision on your application within the statutory time frame (8 or 13 weeks depending on the scale of the application, called a non-determination)
  • the council refuses planning permission
  • you want to challenge the conditions imposed on a grant of planning permission

Only the applicant can submit an appeal. Other interested parties, such as neighbours, can't appeal the decision, but they will be consulted.

For more information on making an appeal, go to The Planning Inspectorate website.

The appeals process

You must send your appeal to the Planning Inspectorate within 6 months of the planning decision being given. If a decision has not been given, the time limit is 6 months from the date by which the decision should have been made. 

Other than enforcement appeals, there is no charge for making an appeal. Within Croydon, less than 35% of appeals succeed.

Submit a revised planning application

Instead of making an appeal, you can submit a revised application instead, as it’s often quicker.

If your initial application is refused, we’ll advise you on what was wrong with your application, so that your re-submitted application is more likely to succeed.

To submit a revised application, start by contacting your planning case officer for advice.

Amends to approved decisions

Once a successful decision has been made, you may wish to amend the proposal. For example, to reduce the cost of the development or to follow a different design. 

To make an amendment, you may need to apply for a non-material amendment or a minor material amendment through The Planning Portal.

You’ll need to submit plans showing the approved scheme and the revised scheme, clearly showing what the changes are. You'll also have to pay a fee.

Guidance notes

Guidance note 6 – What happens after your application is approved? (PDF, 220KB)

Guidance note 7 – What happens after your application is refused? (PDF, 230KB)


  1. Our planning policies will help you find opportunities for development and make successful plans that fit the vision for Croydon.

  2. We recommend discussing your plans with us so your application stands the best chance of getting planning permission.

  3. Developments may be subject to:

    • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charges
    • Section 106 obligations
  4. You can submit your planning application online or send it by post.

  5. Information on how we make a decision to grant or refuse planning permission.

  6. How to appeal a refused application, submit a revised planning application and amend an approved decision.

  7. Information on planning breaches and how we act to prevent them.