In most cases there will be a fee. However, for some consents, e.g. listed building and planning permission for relevant demolition in a conservation area, no fee is required.
You can calculate the fee yourself by using the Planning Portal's online fee calculator or you can ask your council. If you are unsure about the appropriate fee for your application, you are strongly advised to contact your local planning authority in advance of submitting your application, as an incorrect fee will delay the processing of your application.
The fee calculator can be used as a standalone tool, but is also a step in the online application process.
The revenue from fees contributes towards the cost to the local authority of handling applications and the fee is not refundable unless the application is invalid.
Where the local planning authority fails to determine your application, or where you submit a valid application and then withdraw it at any time before it has been determined, the fee will not be refundable. However, if the local authority fails to determine your application, you can appeal.
When a previous application has been granted, refused or withdrawn, one further application by the same applicant for the same type of development on the same site can generally be made free of charge within 12 months. It is for the LPA to decide whether this concession applies.
Your application must be accompanied by the correct fee. If you’re applying online, the fee can be paid in one of four ways:
Alternatively, if you are posting the application, it should be accompanied by the correct fee. Calculate your fee using the Portal's fee calculator.