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Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Act 2014

Section 1(c) – Appeals

31.Section 1(c) of the Act makes provision enabling charging orders to be appealed in certain circumstances. It does so by way of insertions to the existing appeal provisions in the 2003 Act, which are set out in section 47. Section 47(1) lists various actions under the 2003 Act (relating to specified decisions or notices) which, under section 47(3), an aggrieved person can appeal. Such appeals lie to the sheriff by way of summary application made within 21 days of the relevant decision or notice. Section 1(c)(i) and (ii) extend this appeal right to charging orders made under section 46A.

32.The right of appeal against a charging order is a limited one. Section 1(c)(iii) inserts a new subsection (3A) into section 47, and places certain restrictions on the right of appeal in relation to a charging order made under section 46A. Inserted subsection (3A) provides that questions cannot be raised about matters which might have been raised earlier on an appeal against the original notice or the decision requiring the execution of the works to which the charging order relates.

33.Section 1(c)(iv) amends section 47(4) to provide that a charging order does not take effect until the appeal period has elapsed or, where an appeal is brought within that period, the withdrawal or final determination of such an appeal.

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