Changes to planning and related applications fees - Welsh Government

The Welsh Government are seeking views on amending the existing fee levels for planning and related applications and introducing a fee for Certificates of Appropriate Alternative Development.

The consultation states that although the aim of application fees is to recover the costs of LPAs in providing a development management service, it has become increasingly clear fee levels do not cover the costs of running development management services. Consequently, LPAs are moving further away from cost recovery. This consultation aims to seek views on increasing planning fees in Wales, to assist in improving cost recovery for local planning authorities.

To address the existing deficit between the cost of determining applications and the income received for providing this service, it is proposed to retain the current and established fee structure set out in the 2015 Fees Regulations in the short-term and increase planning fees across the board by approximately 20%, excluding fees for pre-application services, which will remain at current levels. In return, the additional income generated from the fee will remain the service provision budgets of LPAs and not be offset by an equivalent reduction in corporate funding for the service.

In addition to support LPAs in recovering their costs in determining applications for certificates of appropriate alternative development, it is proposed to introduce a fee of £230 per application.

Author: Welsh Government

Date: 13 March 2020 End of consultation

This item updates DCP section 5.152

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