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 (Revised November 2020) [pdf document]
- Planning Fee Regulations 2018 [pdf document]
Alternatively you can use the Planning Portal fee calculator [external link] to calculate the appropriate fee.
A completed application form along with supporting documents 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 from our application forms page 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 405656) 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|