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Planning application fees
For most planning and related applications, you will need to pay a fee.
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.
Householder planning applications
To alter or add to an existing property; or
To erect outbuildings, fences, access alterations, etc within the boundaries of your property
|To alter, or add to, two or more existing properties||£339|
Outline planning applications
This is for applications that are for approval in principle, without specific details (such as design).
|For a site area up to 2.5 hectares||£385 for each 0.1 hectare (or part of) of the site area|
|For a site area over 2.5 hectares|
£9,527, plus £115 for each additional 0.1 hectare. Up to a maximum of £125,000
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.
|Erection of housing|
For a development of 50 or fewer houses
For a development of more than 50 houses
£385 for each house
£19,049 plus £115 for each additional house. Up to a maximum of £250,000
|Erection of glasshouses on agricultural land|
New floorspace up to 465 square metres
New floorspace of more than 465 square metres
|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
£19,049 plus £115 for each additional 75 square metres. Up to a maximum of £250,000
|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
|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
£385 for each 0.1 hectare
£19,049 plus £115 for each additional 0.1 hectare. Up to a maximum of £250,000
|Work to enclose the boundaries of your property, such as erecting gates, fences or walls||£172|
|Car parks, service roads and other accesses||£195|
|The winning and working of minerals|
For a site area of up to 15 hectares
For a site area of more than 15 hectares
£195 for each 0.1 hectare
£29,112, plus £115 for each additional 0.1 hectare. Up to a maximum of £65,000
|For all other cases where the site is more than 15 hectares||£195 for each 0.1 hectare. Up to a maximum of £250,000|
Change of use applications
|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
£385 for each additional house
|To make a material change in use of a building or land, other than as above||£385|
|To vary a condition imposed on an earlier permission||£195|
|To remove a condition imposed on an earlier permission||£195|
|To renew temporary permission||£195|
For advertisements displayed on business premises, on the forecourt of business premises (or on other land within the boundaries of the business premises).
|To advertise the nature of the business or activity carried out on the premises||£110|
|To advertise the goods sold or services provided on the premises||£110|
|To advertise the name and qualifications of the person carrying out the business or activity or supplying goods or services||£110|
Advance signs directing people to a business, but which are not which are not situated on or visible from the site
|All other advertisements||£385|
Lawful development certificates
|Lawful development certificate for an existing use of land or an operational development not supported by an 'established use' certificate||Same as for an equivalent planning application|
|Lawful development certificate for an existing use of land or an operational development supported by an 'established use' certificate||Half the fee of an equivalent planning application|
|Lawful development certificate for a proposed use of buildings or land||Half the fee of an equivalent planning application|
|Approval of details required by conditions||£97 per application (not condition)|
|Confirmation that the conditions have been complied with||£97 per request|
|For householders applying for the above||£28 for each request|
Applications for new planning permission to replace existing (known as extant) planning permission
Applications to make non-material changes
All other applications
For other applications not mentioned above, the fee is £195 for each 0.1 hectare of the site, up to a maximum of £1,690.
Whether you need to get prior approval from the council for:
|Agriculture / forestry buildings or private ways||£80|
|Demolition of building only (where no other development is taking place)||£80|
|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||385|
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 that are necessary because the proposal is permitted development, but has been prevented by a condition attached to a previous permission, or by an Article 4 Direction. This is a direction removing some, or all, of the permitted development rights, such as in a conservation area or on the boundaries of a listed building
- 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 Circular 04/08: Planning-related fees.