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Planning application fee increase

Planning fees have been increased by Government and come into force 6 December 2023.

The summary of changes include:

  • Application fees increased by 25%, with major schemes up by 35% 
  • The provision for a 'free go' on application resubmissions will also be removed, but individual applications that were already eligible for a free resubmission prior to the change (I.E. before 6 December 2023) will remain so. This will see the number of such exemptions fade out over the 12-month period after the amendments have taken effect.
  • An annual rise in application fees linked to inflation (and capped at 10%) every April from 2025 onwards
  • Planning guarantee amendment so that undetermined non-major applications (including householder developments) will be eligible to receive a refund after 16 weeks, shortened from the 26-week period which remains 'as is' in all other cases. 

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