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Consultation on Proposed Changes to Planning Fees

The Department of the Environment issued a consultation on proposed changes to the planning fees on 19 April 2013. The consultation ended on Friday 14 June 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 consultation document

25 formal written responses were received to the proposals contained in the consultation.
In keeping with the Department's policy on openness, all of the responses can be accessed below.
For those responses received on behalf of individuals, the individual’s name and address have not been published. For those responses received on behalf of organisations, the organisation’s name and address have been published.
In the interest of protecting the environment, where possible, the use of electronic means to view the consultation and associated documents is encouraged. However, if you require a hard copy or wish to enquire about alternative formats, please contact the Planning Fees & Funding Review Team:
By post to:   Planning Fees & Funding Review Team
                  DOE Planning Policy Division
                  3rd Floor
                  Millennium House
                  17-25 Great Victoria Street
                  Malone Lower
                  BELFAST
                  BT2 7BN
By telephone: (028) 9041 6956
By text phone: (028) 9054 0642
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.

Consultation Responses

  1. Individual (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 59 KB)
  2. Individual (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 58 KB)
  3. Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS) (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 69 KB)
  4. Ballymena Borough Council (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 499 KB)
  5. Community Places (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 53 KB)
  6. Joint response from Armagh City & District Council, Banbridge District Council, Craigavon Borough Council and the Southern Group Environmental Health & Building Control Committee (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 208 KB)
  7. Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 110 KB)
  8. Fermanagh District Council (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 1162 KB)
  9. Omagh District Council (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 57 KB)
  10. Newtownabbey Borough Council (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 101 KB)
  11. Castlereagh Borough Council (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 124 KB)
  12. Lisburn City Council (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 263 KB)
  13. Strabane District Council (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 286 KB)
  14. Antrim Borough Council (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 93 KB)
  15. Northern Ireland Environment Link (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 168 KB)
  16. Construction Employers Federation (CEF) (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 102 KB)
  17. Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 1027 KB)
  18. Irish Planning Institute (IPI) (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 110 KB)
  19. Belfast City Council (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 281 KB)
  20. Individual (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 54 KB)
  21. Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 369 KB)
  22. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 121 KB)
  23. Coleraine Borough Council (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 98 KB)
  24. Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 3170 KB)
  25. Asda (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 212 KB)
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