The Scottish Government has committed to consulting on enhanced fees, following the independent review of planning recommendation that fees for major applications should be increased substantially so that the service moves towards full cost recovery. This paper seeks views on a new fee maximum of £125,000 for major applications for most categories of development (£62,500 for applications for planning permission in principle). It includes details of a reduced charge per unit or per 0.1 hectare for developments over a certain size to ensure that applicants in Scotland do not pay more than they would in other administrations for any size of proposed development. We will be considering wider changes to the fee structure, including scope for further discretionary charging taking account of changes to the planning system flowing from the review.
The aim of this amendment to the current fees regulations is to raise the current planning fees maxima for most categories of development) to a revised cap of £125,000 to better reflect the level of resources they demand. The proposed changes retain the current structure and do not contain any across the board increase. We recognise the specific challenges faced by the Agriculture and Aquaculture sectors and note the extremely limited instances of such proposals being of a scale that would reach the existing fee maxima. This consultation does not propose an increase to the maxima for these categories of development.