Planning application fees

For most planning and related applications, you will need to pay a fee.

Increase in planning application fees

Following a government announcement, planning application fees have now been increased by 20 per cent. This change was introduced on 17 January 2018. The new fees are set out below. 

Paying for your planning application

The easiest way to pay is through the Planning Portal when you submit your planning application online.

If you send in your planning application, you can pay:

  • Online by credit or debit card through the Pay for it section of our website
  • By telephone direct to the planning case officer
  • By credit or debit card at the council offices

For security reasons, please never send cash by post.

What happens if you pay the wrong fee

If you send in an application with the wrong fee or with a faulty cheque, the application will be invalid we will stop processing it.

The application will only start again once it is valid and we will treat it as if we have only just received it. An error in the fees can, therefore, lead to considerable delay.

Please note that these fees are exempt from VAT.

Increase in planning fees

As of midnight on 16 January 2018, these fees are subject to an increase of 20%. The new fees are  set out in the following tables.

Householder planning applications

ApplicationFee

To alter or add to an existing property; or

To erect outbuildings, fences, access alterations, etc within the boundaries of your property

£206

To alter, or add to, two or more existing properties£407

Outline planning applications

This is for applications that are for approval in principle, without specific details (such as design).

ApplicationFee
For a site area up to 2.5 hectares£462 for each 0.1 hectare (or part of) of the site area
For a site area over 2.5 hectares

£11,432, plus £138 for each additional 0.1 hectare. Up to a maximum of £150,000

Full planning permission or reserved matters application

If you have applied for outline planning permission and we have granted it, you will then need to submit an application to cover the specific details of the development. This is known as approval of reserved matters.

If you have not applied for outline planning permission, we will deal with your application as an application for full permission.

ApplicationFee
Erection of housing 

For a development of 50 or fewer houses

For a development of more than 50 houses

£462 for each house

£22,859 plus £138 for each additional house. Up to a maximum of £300,000

Erection of glasshouses on agricultural land 

New floorspace up to 465 square metres

New floorspace of more than 465 square metres

£96


£2,580

Erection of other agricultural buildings on agricultural land 

New floorspace up to 465 square metres

New floorspace of more than 465 square metres, but not exceeding 540 square metres

New floorspace of more than 540 square metres, but not exceeding 4,215 square metres

New floorspace of more than 4,215 square metres

£96



£462


£462 for the first 540 square metres, plus £462 for each additional 75 square metres

£22,859 plus £138 for each additional 75 square metres. Up to a maximum of £300,000

Erection of all other buildings 

No new floorspace

Gross floorspace of 0 to 40 square metres

Gross floorspace of 40 to 75 square metres

Gross floorspace of 75 to 3750 square metres

Gross floorspace of more than 3,750 square metres

£234

£234


£462


£462 for each 75 square metre


£22,859 plus £138 for each additional 75 square metre. Up to a maximum of £300,000

Erection, alterations or replacement of plant or machinery 

For a site area of up to 5 hectares

For a site area of more than 5 hectares

£462 for each 0.1 hectare

£22,859 plus £138 for each additional 0.1 hectare. Up to a maximum of £300,000

Work to enclose the boundaries of your property, such as erecting gates, fences or walls£206
Car parks, service roads and other accesses£234
The winning and working of minerals 

For a site area of up to 15 hectares

For a site area of more than 15 hectares

£234  for each 0.1 hectare

£34,934, plus £138 for each additional 0.1 hectare. Up to a maximum of £78,000

For all other cases where the site is more than 15 hectares£234 for each 0.1 hectare. Up to a maximum of £300,000

Change of use applications

ApplicationFee
To change a building to use as one or more separate houses 

Where the change of use is for up to 50 houses

Where the change of use is for more than 50 houses

£462 for each additional house


£22,859 plus £138 for each additional house (over 50). Up to a maximum of £300,000

To make a material change in use of a building or land, other than as above£462

Other applications

ApplicationFee
To vary a condition imposed on an earlier permission£234
To remove a condition imposed on an earlier permission£234

Advertisements

For advertisements displayed on business premises, on the forecourt of business premises (or on other land within the boundaries of the business premises).

ApplicationFee
To advertise the nature of the business or activity carried out on the premises£132
To advertise the goods sold or services provided on the premises£132
To advertise the name and qualifications of the person carrying out the business or activity or supplying goods or services£132

Advance signs directing people to a business, but which are not which are not situated on or visible from the site

£132
All other advertisements£462

Lawful development certificates

ApplicationFee
Lawful development certificate for an existing use of land or an operational development not supported by an 'established use' certificateSame as for an equivalent planning application
Lawful development certificate for an existing use of land or an operational development supported by an 'established use' certificateHalf the fee of an equivalent planning application
Lawful development certificate for a proposed use of buildings or landHalf the fee of an equivalent planning application

Conditions applications

ApplicationsFee
Approval of details required by conditions£116 per application (not condition)
Confirmation that the conditions have been complied with£116 per request
For householders applying for the above£34 for each request

Applications for new planning permission to replace existing (known as extant) planning permission

ApplicationFee
Household application£68
Major application£690
Other applications£234

Applications to make non-material changes

ApplicationFee
Household application

£34

Other applications£234

All other applications

For other applications not mentioned above, the fee is £234  for each 0.1 hectare of the site, up to a maximum of £2,028.

Determinations

Whether you need to get prior approval from the council for:

ApplicationFee
Agriculture / forestry buildings or private ways£96
Demolition of building only (where no other development is taking place)£96
Installation of a radio mast, antennae over 4m above roof of building, radio equipment housing over 2.5 cubic metres, development ancillary to equipment housing or public call box£462

Floorspace - help with calculating fees

  • Floorspace is the gross floorspace. It includes covered floorspace, columns, chimney breasts, stairwells, lifts, plant room and open-sided covered areas
  • Floorspace is taken as an external measurement, including the thickness of external and internal walls
  • Floorspace is calculated on the floorspace of the new development and not the floorspace of previous buildings on the site

Where you could calculate an application fee from more than one of the categories above, calculate both categories and submit the higher of the fees.

If you need help calculating these fees, please contact our Planning team using the contact details on this page.

Exemption from fees

You do not have to pay for:

  • Applications for extensions or alterations to a house or the area within its boundaries, where the work is only to improve the access, safety, health or comfort of a disabled resident. Applicants will need to quote their registered disabled number
  • A revised application if:

a) We have received the revised application within 12 months of the date of grant/refusal of the original application

b) The development is of the same character or description as the original application

c) The site covers the same area (or is within same area) as the original application (and includes no additional land)

d) The original application was withdrawn. In this case, we must receive the revised application within 12 months of the date the original was registered

e) The correct fee was paid for the original application

f) It is the same application type as the previous application (for example, outline, reserved matters, or full permission)

g) It is the same applicant

You can only have one fee exemption application against the original paid application.

Full details of planning application charges are set out in the The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

 
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