Inflationary planning fee increase

Date published: 30 May 2019

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The Department for Infrastructure will apply an inflationary increase in planning fees of approximately 1.99%, across all planning application fee categories, from 17 June 2019.

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The purpose of planning fees is to cover the cost of processing planning applications. Planning fees have remained unchanged since 2014. The fee increase is essential to assist councils and the Department to cover these processing costs.

When applied, the planning application fee to extend your home will increase from £285 to £291; the fee to build a single house will rise from £851 to £868; whilst the fee for a developer building 50 houses will increase by £356.

The Regulations and Explanatory Memorandum can be found at www.legislation.gov.uk.

 

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Planning (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 will amend the Planning (Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 by applying an inflationary uplift of approximately 1.99% overall across all planning fee categories.
  2. In 2017/18 there were 12,933 planning applications received in Northern Ireland.
  3. In the continued absence of Ministers, the Department considers on a case by case basis what decisions it is appropriate for senior officials to make, taking account of the provisions of the NI (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 and the associated guidance issued by the Secretary of State. During this time, decision-makers must continue to act within statutory powers and every case must be determined on its own merits.
  4. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office on 028 9054 0007 or email: press.office@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk. Out of hours please contact the duty press officer on 028 9037 8110.4. The Department may take photographs and videos at announcements and events to publicise its work. Photographs, interviews, videos or other recordings may be issued to media organisations for publicity purposes or used in promotional material, including in publications, newspapers, magazines, other print media, on television, radio and electronic media (including social media and the internet). Photographs and videos will also be stored on the Department’s internal records management system. The Department will keep the photographs and recordings for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which they have been obtained. The Department’s Privacy Policy is available on our website. 
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