Newsflash: Application fees to go up 20% + "free go" submissions abolished

On 6th December 2023 increased planning application fees will take effect.

Application fees in England will be increasing by 25% across the board, which will rise to 35% for major schemes.

‘Free go’ resubmission applications in England will also be removed. Applications that were already eligible for a free resubmission prior to the change (i.e. before 6th December 2023) will remain able to submit a free resubmission. 

Application fees will rise annually, linked to inflation (and capped at 10%) every April from 2025 onwards. 

The planning guarantee will mean that undetermined non-major applications (including householder developments) will be eligible to receive a refund after 16 weeks. 

The standard fee for a householder application (including the Planning Portal admin fee) will rise from £270 to £322.

The current fees will be available on the Planning Portal until 17:00 on 5th December 2023.

Any applications submitted after this time will incur the new higher fee.


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