The length of time this decision will take will depend on whether the authority has set periods for expressions of interest to be submitted. They must notify the body within 30 days of either receiving the expression of interest or, where they have set such periods, the end of the period.
If the authority advises you that it has accepted your expression of interest, then it will trigger a procurement exercise, and you have the chance to bid to deliver the service in competition with any other organisation (including the private sector, and other bodies who are not eligible to issue a Community Right to Challenge itself). This process is outlined in step 6. The authority must also publish on its website the minimum and maximum period between it accepting the expression of interest and starting a procurement exercise. It is expected that in making a decision about the timing of the procurement process the authority should take into account the time you may need to develop your capabilities or plans further in order to compete effectively.
The authority may on the other hand advise you that it is rejecting your expression of interest, but if they do so, it can only be for one of the following reasons, and they should inform you which reason(s) have resulted in the rejection.
The reasons for rejection are listed here in three broad categories: