Planning application fees are scheduled to rise by 20% on 17th January 2018. The increase was offered by Government to all local planning authorities if it was agreed that the additional money would be re-invested within their planning department. All local planning authorities in England accepted the offer.
Statutory Instrument 2017 No. 1314 was made on 20th December 2017 and the changes associated with the SI will come into force on the 17th January 2018. These changes relate to the fees charged for planning applications, deemed applications, requests and site visits.
A fee will also be payable for applications for permission in principle. Permission in principle is a new route to planning permission under Section 58A and 59A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The Regulations allow Mayoral development corporations and urban development corporations to charge for giving advice, in their area, about planning applications at the pre-application stage.
Regulation 5(2) omits regulation 5 of the 2012 Regulations. This means that a planning application fee may be charged by local planning authorities where they have made a direction withdrawing permitted development rights under article 4 of the General Permitted Development Order or where permitted development rights have been withdrawn by a condition imposed on a planning permission.
The increase in fees will not apply to applications made or deemed to have been made prior to the commencement date of the 17th January 2018.