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Fees for planning applications

Fees for planning applications are set by the Government and apply nationally to all applications in England.

The following fees were set in January 2018 and must be submitted with your application in order for us to register it. To avoid delays, you can Pay Online. Alternatively, you can send us a cheque made payable to St Albans District Council.

From 01 August 2023 postal or paper applications will attract  a charge of £53.33 plus VAT which must be paid before an application can be processed. Please pay online at 

Fees for common projects

The table below lists just the most common projects. 

For the full list of fees please download the PDF below, which includes the fees for more complex or less common projects.

A Guide to the Fees for Planning Applications

Application type



Householder Applications

Alterations/extensions to a single dwelling (but excluding flats), including works within the boundary such as outbuildings.


Full Planning Applications

Alterations/extensions to two or more dwellings (or two or more flats), including works within the boundaries.

New dwellings (up to and including 50)


£462 per dwelling

Lawful Development Certificates (Householder only)

For proposed development or use

For existing development or use



Discharge of conditions

Application to discharge one or more planning conditions. This is essential for any pre-commencement conditions on existing permissions

£34 per request for Householder applications

£116 per request for all other applications

Non-material amendment

Non-material amendment following grant of planning permission

£34 in respect of Householder applications

£234 in respect of other developments

Change of use

Change of use of a building or land, including change of use of building to up to 50 dwellings

£462 per dwelling

Removal or variation of condition

Removal or variation of condition following grant of planning permission 


Prior Approval Change of Use

Change of use of a building under the Prior Approval scheme


Prior Approval Larger Home ExtensionLarger Single-Storey Rear Extensions£96