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Planning Applications Fee

The fee depends on the type of application you are submitting.


  • How much it costs
  • Work out cost using the online calculator
  • What supporting documents you need
  • Apply for planning permission

The fee depends on the type of application you are submitting. What application form do you need?

Please note that the Government has increased planning application fees by 20% with effect from the 17th of January 2018.

If you are intending on submitting applications on or after this date then the correct new fees will need to be paid for your application to be made valid.

Applications made with the current fee will not be valid and you will be asked to pay the additional amount.

Read more information on the Government's site

Application Fees

You can also use the fee calculator.

If you are unsure about the appropriate fee, you should contact us before you submit an application as this can delay the process.

You may also be liable to planning obligations such as Section 106 agreements. What's this?

What supporting documents you need?

Along with the fully completed application form and fee, you must submit the correct supporting documents.

Check Supporting Documents

Building Control

Depending on the type of building project, you will probably need building control approval as well.

Do you need building control approval?


We recommend that you use an agent.

People who are familiar with making planning applications will already know the process and have experience of our working practices.

Read more on the Planning Portal

If you are unsure if you need planning permission or you want to check if your building project would be a permitted development.

Submit a Certificate of Lawfulness

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If you know you need planning permission, but would like specific advice.

Submit a pre-application

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If you know you need planning permission, but don't want specific advice.

Apply for planning permission

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Fees & Charges