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How to Appeal

How to Appeal 

Persons intending to appeal against a decision of the Planning Authority should consider the matter carefully before doing so. In particular they should thoroughly consider the Officer report and the reasons for refusal, or conditions of approval.

Although not obligatory should you wish to appeal you may use the form available from here.

The appeal should be sent to:

DEFA Planning and Building Control

Murray House

Mount Havelock


Isle of Man


Telephone:+44 1624 685950

Fax:+44 1624 685875

Email:Send Email

For an appeal to be valid it must meet the following.

  • Be received in writing, signed and validated within 21 days of the date of the planning decision notice
  • be submitted by the applicant, their agent or an interested person, as defined by the Development Procedure Order - see 
  • Include the reasons for making the appeal.
  • Be supported by payment of a planning appeal fee (as prescribed under Section 1(1) of the Fees Duties Act 1989) – (currently £285)
  • Include an election to have the appeal considered by inquiry or written representation 

Failure to include ALL criteria will render an appeal invalid. 

For appeals relating to planning applications submitted on or after the 1 January 2020 an additional fee is payable for anyone requesting a hearing. In addition, for such applications the grounds of 3rd party appeals must relate to issues raised in representations made prior to determination. Where applicants appeal against a refusal due to lack of information, this must be in the grounds that the application contained sufficient information. For more information see 

All parties (regardless as to status) will be notified where a valid appeal has been lodged. Should a party receive notice that an appeal has been lodged, and had powers and intention to submit their own, it is recommended that they still do so. An appellant can withdraw their appeal at any point prior to its determination. Please note that should an appeal be withdrawn there is no provision for a refund of the appeal fee.

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