Northern Irish government proposes planning fee changes

Changes to planning fees, including a reduction in the cost of applying to renew planning permission, have been proposed by the Northern Irish government in a consultation launched today.

The Department of the Environment Northern Ireland has published the consultation which, amongst a raft of measures, proposes that the fee for an application to renew planning permission should be 25 per cent of the amount that would be payable if it were a new planning application.

The consultation also proposes that non-profit making organisations are made exempt from fees for applications relating to community facilities, including sports grounds and playing fields. Currently, such organisations are given a 50 per cent discount on the fee that would otherwise be payable.

The Department said aim of the review was to "develop a fair and fit for purpose charging system that will ensure the planning function is sustainable both before and after the transfer of planning to local government".

The consultation closes on 14 June.

To read the consultation document, click here

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