Planning fees

All planning applications must be accompanied by the correct fee. No decision will be taken on an application unless the correct fee has been paid.

Payment may be made online if you are submitting via the Planning Portal as part of the submission or once a Planning Portal reference has been generated via our online payment form. 

Pay your planning fees online

If submitting by post you can pay by cheque or postal order made payable to 'London Borough of Brent' or by debit/credit card if submitted to our Customer Service Centre at Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ.

When paying please make sure you give us written notice of the payment made and what application it relates to.

Fee assessment

Please indicate in writing what category of fee (number or number and letter) you have understood the application to relate to and provide details of any calculations where relevant. Where proposal is a mixed development indicate all categories applicable, again indicating the separate calculations relating to each of the categories.

Refunds

Fees cannot be refunded if an application is registered as valid, withdrawn, refused or amended. If you pay too much or if we have to return your application because it is "invalid" (e.g. incomplete and therefore unable to be registered), a refund may be made on written request in appropriate cases.

Lawful development application fees

Fees list

1. Householder application
Alterations, improvements or extensions to an existing dwelling. Includes loft conversions, garages, gates, driveways, fences, satellite dishes.
£172 for a single property.  
£339 for two or more adjoining properties.
2(a) Conversions - main
From a single house into two or more single dwellings (e.g. flats, houses or maisonettes)
For 50 or fewer houses £385 for each additional house.
For more than 50 houses £19,049 for the first 50, then £115 for each additional dwelling, up to a maximum total fee of £250,000.
2(b) Conversion - other cases For 50 or fewer dwellings £385 for each one.
For more than 50 dwellings £19,049 for the first 50, then £115 for each additional one, up to a maximum total fee of £250,000.
3. Change of use of land or buildings £385.
4. Renewal of temporary consent £195.
5(a) Erection of new houses, maisonettes or flats - outline application

£385 for each 0.1 hectare of site (or part of) where the area does not exceed 2.5 hectares.

Where the site exceeds 2.5 hectares: £9,527 for the first 2.5 hectares, then £115 for each additional 0.1 hectare (or part of), up to a maximum total fee of £125,000.

6(b) Erection of new houses, maisonettes or flats - full application or reserved matter £385 for each 0.1 hectare of site (or part of) where the area does not exceed 2.5 hectares.
 
Where the site exceeds 2.5 hectares: £9,527 for the first 2.5 hectares, then £115 for each additional 0.1 hectare (or part of), up to a maximum total fee of £125,000.
6(b) Erection of new houses, maisonettes or flats - full application or reserved matter

£385 for each new dwelling where the number of dwellings to be created by the development is 50 or fewer.

For more than 50 new dwellings: £19,049 for the first 50, then £115 for each additional one, up to a maximum total fee of £250,000.

7(a) Non-residential building works - outline application £385 for each 0.1 hectare of site (or part of) where the area does not exceed 2.5 hectares.
 
Where the area exceeds 2.5 hectares: £9,527 for the first 2.5 hectares, then £115 for each additional 0.1 hectare (or part of), up to a maximum total fee of £125,000.
7(b) Non-residential building works - full application or reserved matter where no floor space will be created by the development  £195.
7(c) Non-residential building works - full application or reserved matter where no floor space will be created by the development or the total amount of floor space is:
  • not more than 40m sq - £195
  • between 40m sq and 75m sq - £385
  • between 75m sq and 3,750m sq - £385 for every 75m sq (or part of).
  • more than 3,750m sq - £19,049 for the first 3,750m sq, then £115 for each additional 75m sq (or part of), up to a maximum total fee of £250,000.
8(a) Plant and machinery erection, alteration or replacement where the site does not exceed 5 hectares £385 for each 0.1 hectare (or part of) where site does not exceed 15 hectares.
8(b) Plant and machinery erection, alteration or replacement where the site is over 5 hectares £19,049 for the first 5 hectares, then £115 for each additional 0.1 hectare (or part of), up to a maximum total fee of £250,000.
9(a) Disposal of waste or refuse or open storage of minerals where the site does not exceed 15 hectares
£195 for each 0.1 hectare (or part of) where site does not exceed 15 hectares.
9(b) Disposal of waste or refuse or open storage of minerals where the site exceeds 15 hectares £29,112 for the first 15 hectares, then £115 for each additional 0.1 hectare (or part of), up to a maximum total fee of £65,000.
10. Car parks, service roads or other means of access £195 (for existing uses only) or £385 (if a change of use).
11. Applications to vary or remove a previous planning condition £195
12(a) Advertisements relating to the business on the premises £110
12(b) Advertisements advance signs directing the public to a business £110
12(c) Advertisements other advertisements (e.g. hoardings) £385
13. New shopfronts £195
14. Applications under the General Permitted Development Order by telecommunications code system operators £385
15. Applications to demolish buildings £80
16(a) Discharge of condition(s) relating to householder permissions £28 (Fee refundable if no determination within 12 weeks of valid date)
16(b) Discharge of condition(s) relating to relating to all other permissions £97 (Fee refundable if no determination within 12 weeks of valid date)
17(a) Non material amendment(s) relating to householder development £28
17(b) Non material amendment(s) in any other case
£195
18. Prior approval for Change of Use to State Funded School or Registered Nursery  £80
19. Prior approval for Proposed Change of Use of a building from Use Class B1 (Office) to a use falling within Use Class C3 (Dwellinghouse) £80
20(a) Prior approval for Proposed Change of Use of a building from a Retail (Use Class A1 or A2) Use or a Mixed Retail and Residential Use to a use falling within Use Class C3 (Dwellinghouse), where there are no Associated Building Operations  £80
20(b) Prior approval for Proposed Change of Use of a building from a Retail (Use Class A1 or A2) Use or a Mixed Retail and Residential Use to a use falling within Use Class C3 (Dwellinghouse), and Associated Building Operations £172

 

Applications you do not have to pay a fee for

  1. Revised applications. When an application has been withdrawn or refused or an appeal against non-determination has been determined, the same applicant may submit one further application of similar proposal for the same site, without paying a fee.  The revised application must be made within 12 months of the decision of the previous application or appeal decision, or within 12 months of when the withdraw application was lodged as valid.  This exemption from fee is allowed only once for any applicant on the same site. A revised reserved matter application must relate to the same reserved matter.
  2. Removal of permitted development rights.  If the proposal would not normally require planning permission apart from the fact the property has had its permitted development rights removed by either condition or being in a Conservation Area / Article 4 direction
  3. To help those with a disability. A disabled person who is registered with Social Services may apply for an extension, alteration or access improvements to their home free of charge.  This also applies to any access changes to a public building for the benefit of a disabled person who is already living there or who is about to move into property. In order to be exempt from fees, the work must be to help the person cope with their disability.
  4. Listed building consent or conservation area consent.
  5. For change of use within the same use class of the Town and Country Planning Use Classes Order 1987 (ie where the application is required due to a restrictive planning condition).

The following types of application have a reduced fee

  1. Alternative proposals for the same site. These must be submitted on the same date and by the same applicant. Then the total fee you pay is the cost of application with the highest fee plus, 50 per cent of the other fee(s).
  2. Reserved matters following outline approval. If you have submitted more than one application for reserved matters and have paid the same price, or a higher price than the single fee, then any later applications for reserved matters approval on the same site will cost £385.
  3. Playing fields. Applications by sporting or recreational charities for playing fields, together with levelling or draining operations, pay a reduced fee. Call us to find out more.
  4. Developments which cross borough boundaries. A fee is calculated for the whole site and is paid to the council that has the largest amount of the development site within its boundary.

How to calculate the correct fee

  1. Measure the site area in hectares. (This is the area that should be outlined in red on your location plan.)
  2. Measure the total floor space in meters square. This should include the area occupied by all walls, tank rooms, plant rooms, fuel stores, open-sided covered areas, enclosed car-parking spaces and basements.

Mixed developments may have more than one fee category

  1. You are applying for change of use and building works. The you pay the higher of the two fees.
  2. You are applying for full or reserved-matters for a mixed development. Then the fee for each relevant category, residential and non-residential (e.g. flats and hotel accommodation, are added together, and this is the amount you pay. Any shared areas should be divided on a pro-rata basis.  Fees are payable up to a maximum for each category of development.