Increase of Planning Fees for England

Following the recent approval by Parliament of amendments to the Town & Country Planning Act for England, new planning fees are coming into force on the 17th January 2018 for all applications validated after that date.

A new charging schedule will see an increase of approximately 20% for all existing fees to be paid to local planning authorities. This is in respect of applications, deemed applications, requests or site visits in respect of which a fee is payable under the Town and Country Planning.

For example, an application for planning permission for a domestic extension/alteration will increase from £172 to £206. Applications for new dwellings will increase from £385 (per dwelling) to £462.

A new category of applications will also be introduced. Permission in principle is a new route to planning permission and a fee will be payable for these types of application.

Also, a planning application fee may be charged by local planning authorities where they have made a direction withdrawing permitted development rights. This includes rights withdrawn under article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, or where permitted development rights have been withdrawn by a condition imposed on a planning permission.

More information can be found by following this link to the Planning Portal.

Planning application fee changes take effect on 17 January 2018