How to apply

What it costs

Planning permission

When submitting an application, in most cases there will be a planning application fee. However, for some types of consent, e.g. listed buildings and planning permission for relevant demolition in a conservation area, no application fee is required.

You can calculate the planning application fee yourself using the Planning Portal's online fee calculator. 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.

Fee Calculator

Our fee calculator can be used as a standalone tool, but it is also a step in the online application process. You can also download a guide to the fees for planning applications in England.

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 application 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When a previous application has been granted, refused or withdrawn, one further application by the same applicant for the same type of development on the same site can generally be made free of charge within 12 months.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 local authority to decide whether this concession applies.

Financial Transaction Service

Since September 2018, the Planning Portal has processed all payments for planning applications made online. This means that your online application is paid for using a standardised set of payment options, which are detailed below.

A service charge of £23.33 (+ VAT) will apply to all planning applications submitted through our online application system, excluding applications which do not attract a planning application fee and those with a fee below £60. This is payable at the time of submission. 

Payments for online applications should not be made directly to local planning authorities.

Find out more from our FAQ.


Application fees can be calculated using our fee calculator. 

The following methods are available to pay for your application:

  • Secure online payment by credit or debit card (for payments up to £1,000)
  • Payment by telephone (for payments up to £1,000)
  • Payment by bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Nominate somebody else to pay (by the above methods).

Building regulations approval

Local authority building control bodies set their fees and can advise you on the cost. An approved inspector will discuss fees with you and you can agree on a cost for the work.