Town and Country Planning

Planning application fee increases from 17th January 2018

8 January 2018 | Planning Policy Updates

Planning applications fee increases from 17 January

Following a Housing White Paper commitment to LPAs, an increase to planning-related fees of approximately 20% applies to applications etc. being submitted on or after 17 January, when the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 come into force.

The Regulations allow for the increase in fees provided that the LPAs invest the additional income in their planning departments. According to the Explanatory Memorandum:

‘These Regulations increase the fees for planning applications by 20% and increase the fee ceilings by 20% for those local authorities that have committed to invest the additional fee income in their planning departments. This commitment has been made by all local planning authorities in England.’

In addition to the general increases in fees, the following are to be introduced:

  • Fees for planning applications where such an application is only required because PDRs have been removed by an Article 4 Direction or a planning condition;
  • Fees for pre-application advice from Mayoral and Urban Development Corporations;
  • Fees for prior approval applications relating to the PDRs introduced in April 2015 and April 2017 (including 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, the temporary use of buildings or land for film-making purposes and the provision of temporary school buildings on vacant commercial land for state funded schools).
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