Planning Application Fees

Planning Fee Increase - January 2018

Regulations to introduce the 20% fee increase have been debated recently in the House of Commons. Read more...

The new planning fees introduced on the 17 January 2018 under The Town and Country Planning (fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and site visits) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) has removed the exemption for free submission for developments within an Article 4 Direction. The normal planning fee will now apply. The amended fee regulations have also removed the exemption of free submission for applications where General Permitted Development Rights have been removed by the Authority. This will now incur the standard application fee.

The fee increase will begin on 17th January 2018. View new fees...

Calculation of fees for site area and floorspace

  • Wherever a fee is based on site area, the site area is defined as the area to which the application relates, i.e. the land that is being developed including any which changes its use as part of the development. This will normally be shown edged red on the plan accompanying the application.
  • Wherever a fee is based on floorspace, the floorspace is taken to be the gross amount (all storeys) to be created by the development shown in the application.
    For fee purposes this measurement is an external measurement, and includes the thickness of the internal and external walls. Floorspace does not include other areas inside a building which are not readily usable by humans or animals, for example lift shafts, tanks, loft spaces


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