Planning and building standards fees

Planning application fees

A fee is required for most types of planning applications and associated submissions. The fee will depend on the type and scale of the proposed development. All applications will not be considered 'valid' until the fee has been received in full. Fees will be checked at the final point of validation, rather than the point of submission, as changes during the validation process can affect fees payable.

The scale of fees for applications is set by the Scottish Government through The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 2022. Fees increased from Friday 1 April 2022. All planning and other applications that are validated from that date will incur the new fees. A link to the new fee Regulations is below:

Planning Circular 2/2022 The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 2022

View the fee scale which provides additional information on the fees payable. 

If there is a requirement to advertise your application in the local newspaper, please note that you will have to pay an additional cost.

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 2022 (at Regulation 6) allow for authorities to introduce a surcharge for applications for planning permission where the application relates to development carried out without permission (section 33 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997).

Surcharges - (applicable from 1 October 2022)

Applications made in retrospect

Fee payable

Where a retrospective application for planning permission is made after the whole development being applied for has been carried out in full.

25% increase in applicable planning fee

Where a retrospective application for planning permission is made when the development being applied for has been started but not completed, including the revised design of a previously granted planning permission.

25% increase in applicable planning fee

The fee for an application, unless otherwise noted, is not refundable once the planning application has been submitted.

Service

Fee payable

Advert fee

£147

Planning applications accompanied by an EIA

£900

Pre-application Advice, Non-Material Variations and Certificate of Compliance with Conditions

The council offers a pre-application advice service, which you can use to find out if the development you're considering is likely to obtain planning permission. To find out more go to our Pre-Application Advice webpage. The fees for this service, set out below, are set by Highland Council and reviewed annually. Please note that this service is not for finding out whether planning permission is required for your development; if you need information on this please visit our find out if you need planning permission page. The Council also offers a non-material variation, which enables small changes which are not material to be made to a planning permission which has already been granted.  

Service

Fee payable

Development Enquiry

£60 (inclusive of VAT)

Pre-application advice

(Pre-application advice inclusive of VAT)

Local Small Scale

35% of Planning Fee, capped at £1,400

Local Medium Scale

35% of Planning Fee, capped at £2,000

Major Development Projects

5% of planning application fee but a minimum of fee of £3500 and maximum fee of £7500

Street Design Review (SDR) only

5% of planning application fee but a minimum of fee of £3500 and maximum fee of £7500

Major Development Projects plus Street Design Review (SDR)

5% of planning application fee but a minimum of fee of £3500 and maximum fee of £7500 for Major Pre-application

Plus

2.5% of planning application fee but a minimum of fee of £1750 and maximum fee of £3750 for SDR

Wind Farm Design Workshop only

 

5% of planning application fee but a minimum of fee of £3500 and maximum fee of £7500

Major Development Projects plus Wind Farm Design Workshop

5% of planning application fee but a minimum of fee of £3500 and maximum fee of £7500 for Major Pre-application

Plus

2.5% of planning application fee but a minimum of fee of £1750 and maximum fee of £3750 for Wind Farm Design Workshop

Pre-application advice on Listed Buildings

 

No charge for changes to the interior of the building e.g. cornices, internal doors, where planning is not required

35% of planning application fee of Householder Development for changes to the exterior of the building e.g. external doors, extensions, windows i.e. where planning permission is required

Non Material Variations

 

Householder

£49

All other Developments

£121

Priority Satisfaction of Conditions Fee

(inclusive of VAT)

First Application

£6,600

Additional Applications

£3,300

  • Fee calculator - A stand alone tool is available from ePlanning.scot to assist you in estimating the cost of your planning application

Details of the various methods of payment we accept can be found on our Planning Payment Options webpage.

Your fee can be reduced under the following circumstances: 

  • if the application is made by a community council, the fee will be reduced by 50%
  • no fee if the application is for works to improve access for a disabled person
  • no fee if the application is submitted within 12 months of the date of refusal for an application of the same description or character, if made by the same applicant; (only applies to one application following the original application)
  • no fee if the application is submitted within 12 months of the date of submission of an application of the same description or character, if made by the same applicant, which is withdrawn. (Only applies to one application following the original application)  

Building Standards fees

The Scottish Government increased statutory building standards fees on 1 July 2017 - Details of the changes can be found in The Building (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland( Regulations 2017 (external link) and the 3rd Edition, Version 1.5 of the Procedural Handbook (external link)

Details of the various methods of payment we accept can be found on our Planning and Building Standards Payment Options webpage.

Use this link to Request copies of planning or building standards documents

The fee for providing certified copies of Planning documentation e.g copy of a Planning Decision notice or Building Warrant documentation, e.g. copy of Building Warrant, copy of Acceptance of Completion Certificate and/or copies of approved BW drawings is £120 (for warrant and/or completion certificate if both requested at the same time), plus copying and postage costs if relevant. Restrictions may apply for security purposes depending on the building type. The area office will advise.

Service

Charge

Microfilm/Microfiche extraction

£30 per hour or part thereof plus VAT @ 20%

General requests for retrieval of information *(see note 1 at end of chart)

Actual hourly rate of staff member up to a maximum of £19 per hour or part thereof plus VAT @ 20% (plus copy charges as above & postage charges at cost if relevant)

* Note 1 - Charges for environmental information under the EIRs: We do not charge for the time to determine whether we hold the information requested, nor for the time it takes to decide whether the information can be released. Charges are made for locating, retrieving and providing the information to you. We will advise you of the charge and how it has been calculated. The information will be provided to you on payment of the charge. If you decide not to proceed with the request, there will be no charge to you.