Planning Fee Increase


A 20% increase in Planning Fees has come into effect today.

This is the first planning fee increase for five years and will affect applications where a fee is required to be paid to local planning authorities. The increase will need to be taken into account on all schemes being submitted on or after the 17th January.

This price increase is intended to tackle the nation-wide problem of under-resourced local planning authorities and assist to speed up the processing of applications.

The regulations will also include the following:

  • A new fee of £402 per 0.1 hectare for ‘Permission in Principle’ application;
  • The ability for local authorities to charge for applications for planning permission following the removal of permitted development rights through Article 4 directions or by condition;
  • Mayoral and Urban Development Corporations to charge for providing a pre-application service;
  • A fee of £96 for prior approval applications to permitted development rights that were introduced in April 2015 and April 2017 (these include the rights for the installation of solar PV equipment on non-domestic buildings, the erection of click-and-collect facilities within the land area of a shop and the provision of temporary school buildings on vacant commercial land for state-funded schools).

Refer to the Planning Portal for further details:

Planning Portal Website

17th January 2018