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Consultation on Proposed Changes to Planning Fees

Published on Fri, 19 Apr 2013 by
The Department of the Environment has today issued a consultation paper on proposed changes to planning fees.
This consultation ended on Fri, 14 Jun 2013

The consultation proposals can be summarised as follows:
  • the introduction of reduced fees for applications to renew planning permission;
  • the introduction of a revised methodology for calculating fees for mixed use applications;
  • the removal of the fee exemptions for resubmitted applications for Certificates of Lawful Use or Development and consent to display advertisements;
  • the correction of an anomaly in the existing fee for two or more dwelling houses;
  • zero fee for applications made by non-profit making organisations relating to the provision of community facilities (including sports grounds) and playing fields; and
  • the introduction of a revised methodology for calculating fees for minerals, gas and waste applications.
This is the first set of proposals to be brought forward as part of Phase 2 of the Department’s review of planning fees and funding. The aim of the review is to develop a fair and fit for purpose charging system that will ensure the planning function is sustainable both before and after the transfer of planning to local government.

Download the document

How to give your views

The Department would welcome your comments on the proposed changes to the planning fees. All responses should be made in writing and submitted no later than Friday 14 June 2013 in one of the following ways:
By post to:   Planning Fees Consultation
                  DOE Planning Policy Division
                  3rd Floor
                  Millennium House
                  17-25 Great Victoria Street
                  Malone Lower
                  BT2 7BN
In the interest of protecting the environment, where possible, the use of electronic means to view the consultation document is encouraged. However, if you require a hard copy or wish to enquire about alternative formats, please contact the Planning Fees & Funding Review Team using the above details or alternatively:
By telephone: (028) 9041 6956
By text phone: (028) 9054 0642
PLEASE NOTE: In keeping with our policy on openness, the Department intends to publish all responses received on its website. When publishing responses received on behalf of organisations, the Department will publish the organisation’s name and address. When publishing responses received on behalf of individuals, the Department will not publish details of the individual’s name and address.
If you have any comments or complaints about the consultation process itself (rather than the content of the document), these should be directed to the postal or e-mail addresses above.
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