Planning fees

Charges for planning applications and newspaper advertisement of certain planning applications

1. Scale of fees

Planning permission in principle
a) most types £401 per 0.1 ha (or part
thereof) of site area. Where the site area exceeds 2.5 hectares, £10,028 plus £100 for each 0.1 hectare in excess of 2.5 hectares, subject to a maximum in total of £62,500
b) one dwelling house £401
All applications and matters specified in conditions
Alterations etc. to existing dwellings £202 per dwellinghouse. Maximum £401 for 2 or more dwellings
Erection of dwellings £401 per dwellinghouse created where the number of dwellinghouses to be created by the development exceeds 50, £20,050 plus £200 for each dwellinghouse in excess of 50, subject to a maximum in total of £124,850.
Erection of buildings excluding dwelling houses and agricultural buildings Works not creating more than 40 sq.m of additional floor space - £202.
More than 40 sq.m but not more than 75 sq.m of additional floor space - £401.
Each additional 75 sq.m (or part thereof) £401.  Where the area of gross floor space exceeds 3,750 square metres, £200 for each 75 square metres (or part thereof), subject to a maximum in total of £125,000
Erection, alteration or replacement of part thereof) of site plant and machinery £401 per 0.1 ha (or part thereof) of site area. If site area exceeds 5 hectares, £20,050 plus £200 for each 0.1 hectare in excess of 5 hectares, subject to a maximum in total of £125,000
The erection, on land used for the purposes of agriculture, of buildings to be used for agricultural purposes Where the ground area to be covered by the development exceeds 465 square metres but
does not exceed 540 square metres, £401;
where the ground area to be covered by the development exceeds 540 square metres, £401
plus £401 for each 75 square metres (or part thereof) in excess of 540 square metres, subject to a maximum in total of £20,055
The erection of glasshouses on land used for the purposes of agriculture Where the ground area to be covered by the development exceeds 465 square metres, £2,321
Winning, working or storage of minerals etc (other than peat) and waste disposal £202 per 0.1 ha (or part thereof) of area (Where the site area exceeds 15 hectares, £30,240 plus £100 for each 0.1 hectare in excess of 15 hectares, subject to a maximum in total of £125,000
Winning and working of peat £202 per hectare (or part thereof) of site area. Maximum of £3024
Car parks, service roads or accesses £202 (existing uses only)
Exploratory drilling for oil or natural gas £401 per 0.1 ha (or part thereof) of site area. Where the site area exceeds 7.6 hectares, £30,240 plus £200 for each 0.1 hectare in excess of 7.6 hectares, subject to a maximum in total of £125,000 total of £125,000
Other operations on land £202 per 0.1 ha (or part thereof) of site area.  Maximum £2016
For non-compliance with conditions including retention of temporary buildings etc £202 (if not exempt as a revision)
Change of use to and sub-division of dwellings £401 per additional dwelling created where the number of additional dwellinghouses to be created by the development exceeds 50, £20,050 plus £200 for each additional dwellinghouse in excess of 50, subject to a maximum in total of £124,850
Other changes of use except waste or minerals £401
Concessionary fees and exemptions
Works to improve a disabled person's access to a public building, or to improve his access, safety, health or comfort at his dwelling house no fee
Applications by community councils (including advertisement applications) half the normal fee
Applications required because of the removal of permitted development rights by a condition or by an article 4 direction no fee
Applications required because of the removal by a condition of a right to make a change of use within the Use Classes Order no fee
Playing fields (for sports clubs etc)  £401
Revised or fresh application for development or advertisements of the same character or
description within 12 months of refusal, or of the making of the earlier application if withdrawn,
or within 12 months of the expiry of the statutory 2 month period where the applicant has appealed to the Secretary of State on the grounds of non-determination
no fee
Revised, or fresh, application for development of the same character or description within 12 months no fee
Alternative schemes highest of the fees applicable for each option and a sum equal to half the rest
Development crossing planning authority boundaries, requiring applications Only one fee, paid to the authority having the larger site but several calculated for the whole scheme, and subject to special ceiling.
Where the area of gross floor space to be created by the development does not exceed 465sq.m, no fee 
Site area and floor space

Wherever a fee is based on the site area, the site area is defined as the area to which the application relates; that is to say, the land being developed including any which changes its use as part of the development. This will normally be shown edged in red on the plan accompanying the application, while other land in the same ownership but not being developed is normally identified separately. Wherever a fee is based on floor space, the floor space is taken to be the gross floor space (all storeys) to be created by the development shown in the application. For fee purposes this measurement is an external measurement, and includes the thickness of external and internal walls. Floor space does not include other areas inside a building which are not readily usable by humans or animals, e.g. liftshafts, tanks, loft spaces. Where buildings featuring or comprising canopies are concerned, there can be no simple rule as to whether floor space is being created by the erection of the canopy, but the absence of external walls is not the determining factor. Where floor space or site area (as the case may be) is not an exact multiple of the unit of measurement provided by the fees scale, the amount remaining is taken to be a whole unit for fees purposes. The fee is always determined on the basis of the application as made. Even if permission is granted for a development of a different size, or if the application is amended by agreement in the course of discussion with the applicant, no adjustment is made to the fee payable.

Notes:
The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 1997 provide full details of all charges. Staff will be pleased to advise on any matters arising from these Regulations.

2. Newspaper advertisements

The following categories of planning applications will require to be advertised in a local newspaper. The advertisement will be placed by North Ayrshire Council and the cost of placing the advertisement must be paid to North Ayrshire Council at the time of making the application. The relevant categories are:

(a) Where there are no premises on one or more areas of neighbouring land to which notification can be sent.

(b) Where North Ayrshire Council has dispensed with the requirement to notify neighbours across the road.

(c) Where the application is for a type of development listed in Schedule 3 of the General Development Procedure (Scotland) Order.

Fee

Applications for developments advertised in -

  • the Guthrie Newspapers Group - £175 (including VAT)
  • The Arran Banner - £80 (including VAT)

Where a planning application requires an Environmental Statement under the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Regulations, 1988, the environmental statement requires to be advertised and a further fee will be required.

Contact Planning

Email

eplanning@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Telephone

01294 324319

Address

Planning, North Ayrshire Council, Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8EE