Planning fees for nationally significant infrastructure projects

The following Planning practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Planning fees for nationally significant infrastructure projects
  • Fees Regulations and guidance
  • Review of fees
  • Obtaining information about interests in land and rights of entry
  • Venue fees
  • On submission of DCO application
  • When an application is accepted for examination
  • Fee in respect of handling an application
  • Initial payment in respect of the handling of an application
  • Final payment in respect of the handling of an application
  • More...

Planning fees for nationally significant infrastructure projects

The Planning Act 2008 (PA 2008) sets out a development consent regime for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) in England, in the fields of energy, transport, water, waste water, and waste. Applications for development consent orders (DCOs) are determined by the Secretary of State (SoS) in accordance with National Policy Statements. See Practice Note: Permission for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

Fees Regulations and guidance

Fees for DCOs are only payable in respect of the specific matters set out in the Infrastructure Planning (Fees) Regulations 2010 (the Fees Regulations), SI 2010/106.

Fees for non-nationally significant projects (ie development proceeding under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 instead of the PA 2008) are subject to different fees. See Practice Note: Planning fees.

CLG guidance on the Fees Regulations sets out examples of how the fees work in practice.

The fees are separate from any which an applicant may need to pay for seeking any operational or other consents that are not included within the DCO, such as permits granted by the Environment Agency.

Fees are payable at various stages of the DCO application procedure.

Review of fees

The Fee Regulations have a mechanism for each fee to be increased annually in line with the consumer prices index, starting from 1st April 2018. This applies to all of the fees set out in this Practice Note.

The Fee

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