Planning fees rise

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Planning application fees will increase by 20% from Wednesday 17 January 2018.

This is in line with new government regulations agreed by parliament on 19 December 2017. It is the first planning fee increase for 5 years. All planning applications which have not been validated before 17 January will have to pay the increased fee.


What are the changes?

All planning application fees will increase by 20% from Wednesday 17 January 2018. The 3 most popular applications in the Epping Forest district are

  1. single dwelling householder applications alterations/extensions fees will increase from £172 to £206
  2. full applications on new dwellings fees will increase from £385 to £462 per dwelling
  3. notification for prior approval for a change of use fees will increase from £80 to £96

The Planning Portal has a fee calculator but this will continue to display the old fees until 17 January 2018.

Why are fees increasing?

“Currently the planning fees do not cover our planning service costs” said Councillor John Philip Portfolio Holder for Planning and Governance. “We don’t think all Council Tax payers should part fund a service the majority of them do not use. There is an argument that users of the planning service should be paying more already.”

“The proposed increases by the government were agreed at Cabinet on 9 March 2017 and the increase in planning application fees will be used to enhance the planning service provided by Epping Forest District Council.”