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.
Planning application fee increase
Legislation will come into force on Wednesday 17 January which will mean planning application fees will increase by 20 per cent across the country. The legislation also introduces new categories in regard to applications for Permission in Principle.
All money raised from the increase in fees is ring-fenced and will be used to improve the Council’s planning service.
Any application not validated before 17 January will be subject to the new fees.
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
|Supplementary Items inclusive of VAT at %20|
|Letter confirming exemption||26.00|
|Letter confirming completion||26.00|
|Letter confirming enforcement action will not be taken||26.00|
|Site inspection to determine info.||26.00|
|A4 Photocopy (ex plans) - first page||1.10|
|A3 Photocopy (ex plans) - first page||1.20|
|A2 Photocopy (ex plans) - first page||1.50|
|A1 Photocopy (ex plans)||2.00|
|A0 Photocopy (ex plans)||3.00|
|Items outside of the scope of VAT|
|Local plan - postage||4.00|
|Local plan - alterations||2.00|