The fees guidance on the National Planning Practice Guidance website confirms that planning-related fees were introduced so that users of the planning system, rather than taxpayers in general, meet the costs incurred by local planning authorities in deciding planning applications. The overall planning service is funded from local government grant and from council tax. The planning application service is also funded by fees for planning applications.
In explaining planning related fees and the method of calculating them the guidance covers:-
- Fees for planning applications – Overview
- Calculating fees for planning applications
- Fees for specific application types
- Exemptions and concessions
- Refunds and adjustments
- Fees for monitoring mining and landfill sites
It confirms that under the Planning Guarantee, the planning application fee must be refunded to applicants where no decision has been made within 26 weeks (unless a longer period has been agreed in writing between the applicant and the local planning authority) (see Regulation 9A of the 2012 Fees Regulations). This only applies to applications submitted after 1 October 2013.
Date: 17/10/2014 Date of publication
DCP link: This item updates DCP section 5.152