Planning fees

Charges for planning applications and newspaper advertisement of certain planning applications

1. Scale of fees

Fees increased on 1 April 2022. You can read full details of the current fee structure through The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 2022 (

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.

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 2022 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 Development Management Procedure (Scotland) Regulations 2013.


Applications for developments advertised in:

  • the Guthrie Newspapers Group - £203 (including VAT)
  • The Arran Banner - £92 (including VAT)

Where a planning application is subject to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) under The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017, a notice requires to be published in a local newspaper and the Edinburgh Gazette. In such cases, a further fee will be required.

Contact Planning



  • general enquiries about planning permission, phone 01294 324319 during office hours
  • Local Development Plan and planning policy enquiries, phone 01294 324763


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

Please note: to meet with one of our team at Cunninghame House, please contact us to make an appointment. For your convenience, officers are available to meet with you at other locations within North Ayrshire.