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New Levels of Planning Application Fees

Published on Mon, 13 Sep 2010 by
New levels of planning fees legislation (SR 294/2010)

New Levels of Planning Fees from 4th October 2010

The Department recently made the Planning (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 (S.R. 2009 No.294) which amend the levels of planning fees as set out in the Planning (Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 (S.R. 2005 No. 222 as amended by S.R. 2005 No. 505 and S.R. 2009 No. 256).
The new Regulations come into operation on 4th October 2010 and have the general effect of increasing existing fees levels by approximately 2.9%.  
This increase of 2.9% is based on the GDP deflator forecast for 2010/11 and is intended to be the first modest annual increase based on an accepted inflationary metric. The Department is required to recover in full the costs incurred in processing planning applications, and full cost recovery, through fee income was achieved up to 2007/08. However, since mid 2008 there has been an unprecedented significant decline in planning application and a corresponding reduction in fee income.
Current projections indicate that there is likely to be a shortfall in the planning application receipts budget of circa £8.4m for 2010/11. It is anticipated that an inflationary increase of 2.9% will reduce this deficit by approximately £350k per annum.

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