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Planning Fees To Increase – Regulations Published

Draft regulations to allow local planning authorities in England to increase planning application fees by 15% have been laid before Parliament.

So now is the time to get your applications in before they go up!

An example of the fees being proposed are as follows, with the green fees in brackets being the existing levels:

Outline Planning Applications: Erection of dwellinghouses and the erection of buildings (other than buildings in categories 1, 3, 4, 5 or 7):

Charge a fee of up to £385 (£335) per 0.1 hectares of land, for sites up to 2.5 hectares. Where the site exceeds 2.5 hectares, planning authorities could charge £9,527 (£8,285), with an additional £115 (£100) charge for each 0.1 hectare in excess of 2.5 hectares. This is subject to a cap of £125,000.

Full Planning Applications: Erection of dwellinghouses:

The draft regulations propose a charge of £385 (£335) per house for applications which seek consent for a development of 50 houses or fewer. For applications for developments which propose more than 50 homes, the draft regulations propose a fee up to £19,049 (£16,565), with an additional fee of £115 (£100) for each house in excess of 50. This is subject to a cap of £250,000.

Full Planning Applications: Erection of buildings (other than in categories 1, 3, 4, 5 or 7):

Where no floor space is to be created by the development or the area does not exceed 40 square metres the fee would be £195 (£170).  Where the area of the gross floor space to be created by the development exceeds 40 square metres, but does not exceed 75 square metres the fee would be £385 (£335), with each 75 square metres after that, up to 3750 square meters being charged at £385 (£335).

Where the area of gross floor space to be created by the development exceeds 3750 square metres the fee is £19,049 (£16,565) plus an additional £115 (£100) for each 75 square metres in excess of 3750 square metres. This is subject to a maximum in total of £250,000.

Other developments:

The construction of car parks, service roads and other means of access on land used for the purposes of a single undertaking, where the development is required for a purpose incidental to the existing use of the land the fee would be £195 (£170).

Where the application relates to the enlargement, improvement or other alteration of one existing dwellinghouse the fee would be £172 (£150). Where it relates to two or more dwellinghouses the fee would be £339 (£295).

Where the application relates to the making of a material change in the use of a building or land (other than a material change of use in category 11 or 12(a), (b) or (c)) the fee would be £385 (£335).

The fee for a non material amendments would be £195 (£170).

For more information on the levels of fees, covering all categories please go to:

Draft Town and Country Planning Regulations 2012