Over 90% of all planning applications are now submitted online and The Planning Portal is the platform we use to submit them. At present, applications are submitted by ourselves via the Portal, then transferred automatically to the Local Planning Authority who validate the application and process the fee payments.
However, this is all about to change. From 10th September 2018, the Planning Portal will process all fee payments before transferring the applications on to Local Planning Authorities. In addition to the actual application fee, there will also be a processing fee of £16.67 + VAT (£20 in total) charged per application submission (the service is currently free).
Details of the proposed changes are summarised below (source: email from The Planning Portal 23/08/18).
“We are pleased to announce that the new service will be operational from 9am on Monday 10 September.
From this time, the Planning Portal will take all payments for planning applications in England made through our planning application system (1App).
Once the payment is made by either you or your client, the application will be released to the relevant local authority along with the planning application fee.
A service charge of £16.67+VAT will be added to the planning fee for each application, to cover the cost of providing the service and enable us to invest in improving the 1App system itself.
The service will simplify the planning application process across England, offering a consistent range of payment options and saving you and local authorities time tracking down payments – an issue which causes so many delays at validation.
The key changes are as follows:
Timing of the release of applications
Applications will be released once payment is received and confirmed by us. The time it takes for us to receive payment and therefore to release an application will vary depending on the payment method chosen. You can find a table of these timescales in our recently communicated FAQs
As now, and in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Development Management) (England) Order 2015, the period for determination by local authorities will start once they receive the application.
Paying us online or by phone
If your planning fee is less than £1,000, you can pay online or nominate your client to pay.
You or your client can also pay over the phone at any time of day or night, 365 days a year.
Paying us by bank transfer – Faster Payment, CHAPS and BACS
For planning fees over £1,000, Faster Payment will usually be the best option. “