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Thursday 31 October 2019

You may lodge an appeal against a decision not to issue a planning permit, against a tacit refusal (notably when no decision has been made within the legal period) or against a decision to issue a permit if one or more elements in the decision are unsuitable.

There are two possible appeal procedures: appeal to the government and appeal to the Council of State.

1. Appeal to the government

It is important to be aware that the government will re-assess your file in full. For example, if you have received a permit and you are unhappy with the conditions, and you launch an appeal, you run the risk of this permit being completely refused by the appeal authority.

The appeal must be sent by registered letter to the College of Urban Development (see contact details at the end of this article) within 30 days of receiving the decision from the college of the mayor and aldermen or from the delegated official.

More information on this procedure can be found on the website (FR).

2. Appeal to the Council of State

If you are still unhappy with the decision made, after the appeal made to the government, you can launch an appeal to suspend and/or cancel with the Council of State.

However, your appeal may only be based on procedural arguments and the legality of the decision. Assessments of fact can no longer be invoked.

The appeal is made by registered letter within 60 days of notification of the decision, or the date when the decision should have been made,

More information on this procedure can be found on the website of Bruxelles Développement Urbain (FR).


College of Urban Development
Rue du Progrès 80 bte 1 à 1035 Brussels
Tel: 02/204.23.23

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