Financial Transaction Service and Payment Nomination

Our new Financial Transaction Service standardises the process of paying for planning applications across all English authorities, providing a consistent range of options available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The service will be introduced on Monday 10 September 2018.

Key benefits

The service gives all applicants and agents the ability to pay planning application fees online or by telephone regardless of which Local Authority they are submitting to. These payments are confirmed instantly, allowing the application to be submitted.

As part of this, the Payment Notification option (Also known as Payment ReDirect) will be made available as a standard payment method for all Local Authorities in England, allowing you to nominate other people to pay planning application fees online (e.g. your client or finance department).

For larger fees, bank transfers will be available and we will still accept payments by cheque as a fall-back option to cover existing processes. For these methods, the payment will need to be confirmed by us before the application is submitted to the Local Authority. Find out more about how your client can pay for applications over £1,000.

This helps resolve the current issue where around 25 per cent of applications are invalid on receipt due to missing payments. Our service will ensure that payment has been confirmed, regardless of method, before the application is made available to the Local Authority.

Therefore authorities will be able to begin validation of your applications as soon as they receive them and you will save time chasing payments and progress.

Our service charge

All applications submitted through the Planning Portal and which require a planning fee to be paid will use our Financial Transaction Service as soon as it is launched.  The charge for the service is £16.67 (+ VAT).

The income from the service charge will be retained by the Planning Portal to cover the costs of delivering the finance transaction service, to invest in improving the planning application service and to put the business on a secure financial footing in order to continue to deliver our services, content and interactive guidance.

This concept of adding value, and not just an arbitrary charge, is a key tenet of our business model.

As part of this, we are committed to a roadmap of improvements that will:

  • keep our services current and compliant
  • allow an increasing range of consent types to be applied for online
  • enhance all aspects of the process, from collaborative working and professional functions to supporting documentation and management of local level requirements
  • increase the quality of our data outputs for Local Authorities, professional users and applicants


As dictated by legislation, all refunds must be issued directly by the party that received payment, to the payee via the same payment method.

We will therefore manage the process of issuing refunds based on confirmation from the Local Authority that one is due.

We will make a refund to your original payment card or via bank transfer; and in accordance with relevant legislation and regulations such as The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017.

If you believe a refund is due, you should discuss it with the Local Authority who, in turn, will arrange it with us.

Find out more

You can read our step-by-step guide to find out how it will work. We have also published a comprehensive list of FAQs