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The Groundwater Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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19.—(1) A person may appeal by notice in writing to the Appeals Commission against any decision of the Department under regulation 17 or 18 within 28 days from the date on which notice of the decision of the Department is given to him or within such longer period as the Appeals Commission may allow.

(2) Where–

(a)an application has been made to the Department in accordance with regulation 17; and

(b)the Department has not notified the applicant of its decision in relation to that application within–

(i)a period of 4 months beginning with the date on which it received the application (or, if the application must be advertised, the date on which advertising is completed); or

(ii)if the Department and the applicant agree in writing to a longer period, that period,

the applicant may for the purposes of this regulation treat this as a refusal by the Department of the application and appeal to the Appeals Commission.

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