Planning fees rise to come into force next week

A one-off 15 per cent rise in planning application fees in England will take effect from next Thursday (22 November), the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed.

DCLG chief planner Steve Quartermain
DCLG chief planner Steve Quartermain
In July, the then planning minister Greg Clark announced "one-off adjustment to up-rate fees in line with inflation, amounting to around 15 per cent since 2008". The announcement stopped short of previous consultation proposals to allow local authorities to set their own planning fees.

In a letter to chief planning officers this week, DCLG chief planner Steve Quartermain said the changes would come into force on 22 November.

Along with the rise, the letter said the department had "introduced a small number of new fees as a result of changes to primary legislation".

These include applications for urgent crown development and certificates of appropriate alternative development.

The letter adds that an amendment has also been made to allow for fees in respect of deemed applications, relating to permitted development, "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. This does not change in anyway the fee to be paid, but it does mean that authorities will benefit from receiving the whole fee".

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