The NPPF starts to bite

    Planning fees increase

    An increase in planning fees, of 15%, came into effect on 22 November.

    This increase, the first since 2008, is provided in the ‘Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits Regulations’ (.pdf) which consolidates 12 previous statutory instruments dating back to 1989. The 2008 DCLG Circular on Planning-Related Fees (04/2008) is yet to be updated.

    Whilst there had been consultation on an option to decentralise fee-setting - to local authorities, the decision was made to continue to set fees centrally. However, in time, decentralisation is still considered to be part of a ‘package of measures to make planning departments more responsive to the needs of businesses and local residents’.

    A small number of new fees as a result of changes to primary legislation, including applications for Urgent Crown Development and a Certificate of Appropriate Alternative Development. An amendment has also been made to allow for fees in respect of Deemed Applications (in the case of enforcement appeals) to be paid in full to the local planning authority rather than half to the local planning authority and half to the Secretary of State.


    Key contacts

    Robert Lofthouse

    Robert Lofthouse


    Savills Wimborne

    +44 (0) 1202 856 909

    +44 (0) 1202 856 909


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