How much does it cost to submit a planning application?
There is normally a fee for submitting a planning application. The fee schedule can be viewed on your planning authority's website or on the Planning Portal (A Guide to the Fees for Planning Applications in England). There is also a fee calculator on the Planning Portal.
If you are unsure what the fee is, contact your Local Planning Authority (LPA) before making your application, as an application will not be processed without the correct fee.
If you submit a valid application and then withdraw it before it has been determined, the fee will not be refunded. If, however, an application is still not determined after 6 months you are entitled to a refund.
When an application has been granted, refused or withdrawn, one further application by the same applicant for the same type of development on the same site can generally be made free of charge within 12 months of the date of the approval or refusal or, if withdrawn, within 12 months of the date the application was validated.
For some applications, for example, listed building consents and planning permission for relevant demolition in a conservation area, no fee is required.
Additional costs to consider
Don’t forget there are usually additional costs associated with obtaining planning permission. All applications should include drawings and depending on the site / complexity of the proposed development there may be a requirement to provide technical reports. These can include an ecological survey, a flood-risk assessment, an environmental assessment, design and access statement, heritage statement and/or a transport assessment (refer to guidance on national and local validation requirements).
If planning permission is granted subject to conditions requiring further details to be approved, such as the external finishes to be used or a landscaping scheme, a fee is payable for that subsequent approval. This is £28 if it relates to a householder application or £97 for all other applications (as at May 2017), however, the fee is applicable to each application, i.e. you can include multiple conditions from each planning permission on one application, but you will be charged further fees if you make subsequent applications. .
There are also separate fees and forms if your proposal requires Buildings Regulations approval as well as planning permission. Most construction work requires Building Regulations approval.