Planning fees and admin charges

Planning fees differ, depending on the nature and type of application; some are free. Charges are set nationally by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Schedule of Fees (from November 2012) [pdf document]

Planning Fee Regulations 2012 [pdf document]

Alternatively you can use the Planning Portal fee calculator [external link] to calculate the appropriate fee.

A completed application fee form [pdf document] should accompany your payment. If you have received a set of application forms from us, one of these forms will have been included. Otherwise, it can be downloaded here and printed out.

Your application will not been progressed until the correct fee has been paid. You will receive a letter which will formally acknowledge receipt of the application, or explain why it is invalid.

If you believe your application qualifies for a fee waiver please state your reasons using the application fee form [pdf document] or in a separate written statement.

There is no VAT on planning application fees.

Methods of payment

Cheques should be made payable to Darlington Borough Council and either posted to Town Hall, Darlington DL1 5QT or delivered by hand at the Customer Service Centre.

Credit card payments are accepted, either over the telephone (01325 406479, 406742, 406480) or in person at the Customer Service Centre.

Planning administration charges

ServiceCost (£)
 A4 Ordinance Survey site location plans (set of 6)  16.00
 Decision Notice - 1st page (if collected by hand)  0.10
 Decision Notice - 1st page (if posted)  1.00
 Decision Notice - subsequent pages  0.10
 Retrospective letter confirming exemption  26.00
 Retrospective letter confirming enforcement action will not be taken  26.00
 A4 photocopy - first sheet (if posted)  1.00 
 A4 photocopy - first sheet (if collected)  0.10
 A4 photocopy - subsequent sheets  0.10
 A3 photocopy - first sheet (if posted)  1.90
 A3 photocopy - first sheet (if collected)  1.00
 A3 photocopy - subsequent sheets  1.20
 Copies of large format plans  Phone 01325 405222
 Local Plan  18.00
 Local Plan (including charge for postage)  22.00
 Local Plan on CD-ROM (post free)  20.00