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What planning fees are applicable to my application?

You are required to pay a fee to the National Park Authority for most planning applications.

These fees are set by the Scottish Government and help to cover costs associated with processing an application. The fee depends on the type and scale of the proposed development. You can pay the National Park Authority directly online or via bank transfer. Please note that new planning fees and charges came into force on 1st April 2022 and are summarised below.

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Full Planning Applications and Matters Specified in Conditions

Category of developmentFee
RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
New dwellings
1. Construction of buildings, structures or erections for use as residential accommodation (other than development within categories 2 to 6).(a)   For 10 dwellinghouses or less: £600 each

(b)   For 50 dwellinghouses or less: £600 for the first 10, and £450 for each additional house

(c)   For more than 50 dwellinghouses: £600 for the first 10, £450 for each dwellinghouse more than 10 and up to 49, and £250 for each additional dwellinghouse in excess of 50, up to a maximum of £150,000.
Existing Dwellings
2. Enlargements, improvements or other alterations to an existing dwellinghouse £300 per dwellinghouse. Where application relates to 2 or more dwellinghouses – £600.
3. Erection of ancillary buildings within the curtilage; erection or construction of gates, fences, walls or other means of enclosure along the boundary of a curtilage£300
NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
4. The construction of buildings, structures or erections including extensions (other than construction within categories 1, 5, and 6).a) where no floor area is created or the gross floor space created does not exceed 50 square metres, £300,

(b) where the gross floor space created exceeds 50 square metres, £600 in respect of any gross floor space up to 100 square metres,

(c) where the gross floor space exceeds 100 square metres, £600 plus £600 per 100 square metres in respect of any gross floor space exceeding 100 square metres and up to 4,000 square metres,

(d) where the gross floor space exceeds 4,000 square metres, £24,000 plus £300 per 100 square metres in respect of any gross floor space exceeding 4,000 square metres, subject to a maximum of £150,000,

(e) where no buildings are to be created, £600 per 0.1 hectare of site area, subject to a maximum of £150,000.
Agricultural Buildings
5. The erection, on land used for the purposes of agriculture, of buildings to be used for agricultural purposes (other than buildings in category 6).(a) Where the ground area to be covered by the development does not exceed 500 square metres, £500,

(b) Where the ground area to be covered by the development exceeds 500 square metres, £500 plus £500 for each 100 square metres in excess of 500 square metres, subject to a maximum of £25,000.
Glasshouses and polytunnels
6. The erection of glasshouses or polytunnels to be used for agricultural purposes.£100 for each 100 square metres of ground area to be covered by the development subject to a maximum of £5,000.
ENERGY GENERATION
7. The erection of wind turbines and the carrying out of other operations in connection with the construction of the generating station, including the construction or installation of any means of access to the generating station, pipes or other conduits, and overhead lines.(a) Where the number of turbines does not exceed 3—

(i) where none of the turbines have a ground to hub height exceeding 15 metres, £1,250,

(ii) where one or more of the turbines has a ground to hub height exceeding 15 metres, but not exceeding 50 metres, £2,500,

(iii) where one or more of the turbines has a ground to hub height exceeding 50 metres, £5,000.

(b) Where the number of turbines does exceed 3, £500 for each 0.1 hectare of site area, subject to a maximum of £150,000.
8. The construction of a hydro-electric generating station and the carrying out of any other operations in connection with the construction of the generating station, including the construction or installation of any means of access to the generating station, pipes or other conduits, and overhead lines.£500 for each 0.1 hectare of site area, subject to a maximum of £25,000.
9. The construction of a solar electric generating station and the carrying out of any other operations in connection with the construction of the generating station, including the construction or installation of any means of access to the generating station, pipes or other conduits, and overhead lines.£500 for each 0.1 hectare of site area, subject to a maximum of £25,000.
10. The carrying out of any operations connected with the exploratory drilling for oil or natural gas.(a) Where the site area does not exceed 0.1 hectares, £1,000,

(b) Where the site area exceeds 0.1 hectares, £1,000 in respect of the first 0.1 hectares of site area, plus £500 for each 0.1 hectare of site area in excess of 0.1 hectares, subject to a maximum of £150,000.
FISH AND SHELLFISH FARMING
11. The placing or assembly of equipment in any part of any marine waters for the purposes of fish farming.£200 for each 0.1 hectare of the surface area of the marine waters to be used in relation to the placement or assembly of any equipment for the purposes of fish farming and £75 for each 0.1 hectare of the sea bed to be used in relation to such development, subject to a maximum of £25,000.
12. The placing or assembly of equipment in any part of any marine waters for the purposes of shellfish farming.£200 for each 0.1 hectare of the surface area of the marine waters to be used in relation to the placement or assembly of any equipment for the purposes of shellfish farming, subject to a maximum of £25,000.
 OTHER
13. The erection, alteration or replacement of plant or machinery.(a) Where the site area does not exceed 5 hectares, £500 for each 0.1 hectare of site area,

(b) Where the site area exceeds 5 hectares, £25,000 plus £250 for each 0.1 hectare of the site area in excess of 5 hectares, subject to a maximum of £150,000.
14. The construction of car parks, service roads and other means of access on land used for the purposes of a single undertaking, where the development is required for a purpose incidental to the existing use of the land.£500
15. Operations for the winning and working of minerals (not including peat).(a) Where the site area does not exceed 0.1 hectare, £1,000,

(b) Where the site area exceeds 0.1 hectare, but does not exceed 15 hectares, £1,000 plus £500 for each 0.1 hectare of the site area in excess of 0.1 hectare,

(c) Where the site area exceeds 15 hectares, £75,000, plus £250 for each 0.1 hectare of site area in excess of 15 hectares, subject to a maximum of £150,000.
16. Operations for the extraction of peat.£500 for each 0.1 hectare of site area, subject to a maximum of £6,000.
17. The carrying out of any operations not coming within any of the above categories.(a) Where the site area does not exceed 0.1 hectare, £1,000,

(b) Where the site area exceeds 0.1 hectare, but does not exceed 15 hectares, £1,000 plus £500 for each 0.1 hectare of the site area in excess of 0.1 hectare,

(c) Where the site area exceeds 15 hectares, £8,500 plus £250 for each 0.1 hectare of the site area in excess of 15 hectares, subject to a maximum of £150,000.
USE OF LAND
18. The use of land for the disposal of refuse or waste materials or for the deposit of material remaining after minerals have been extracted from land.(a) Where the site area does not exceed 0.1 hectare, £1,000,

(b) Where the site area exceeds 0.1 hectare, but does not exceed 15 hectares, £1,000 plus £500 for each 1 hectare of the site area in excess of 0.1 hectare,

(c) Where the site area exceeds 15 hectares, £8,500 plus £250 for each 0.1 hectare of the site area in excess of 15 hectares, subject to a maximum of £150,000.
19. The use of land for the storage of minerals in the open.(a) Where the site area does not exceed 0.1 hectare, £1,000,

(b) Where the site area exceeds 0.1 hectare, but does not exceed 15 hectares, £1,000 plus £500 for each 1 hectare of the site area in excess of 0.1 hectare,

(c) Where the site area exceeds 15 hectares, £25,500 plus £250 for each 0.1 hectare of the site area in excess of 15 hectares, subject to a maximum of £150,000.
CHANGE OF USE OF BUILDINGS OR LAND
20. The change of use of a building to use as one or more dwellinghouses.(a) Where the number of dwellinghouses to be created by the development does not exceed 10, £600 for each dwellinghouse,

(b) Where the number of dwellinghouses to be created by the development is fewer than 50, £600 for the first 10 dwellinghouses, and £450 for each dwellinghouse thereafter,

(c) Where the number of dwellinghouses to be created by the development is 50 or more, £23,550 plus £250 for each dwellinghouse in excess of 50.
21. A material change in the use of a building (other than a change of use referred to in category 20).(a) Where the gross floor space does not exceed 100 square metres, £600,

(b) Where the gross floor space exceeds 100 square metres, £600 plus £600 per 100 square metres up to 4,000 square metres,

(c) Where the gross floor space exceeds 4,000 square metres, £24,000 plus £300 per 100 square metres in respect of any gross floor space exceeding 4,000 square metres, subject to a maximum of £150,000.
22. A material change in the use of land other than:
(a) a change of use within category 21, or
(b) a change of use within categories 18 or 19, or
(c) a change in the use of equipment placed or assembled in marine waters for the purposes of fish farming or shellfish farming).
£500 per 0.1 hectare of site area subject to a maximum of £5,000.

Planning permission in principle

Category of developmentFee
RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
New dwellings
1. Construction of buildings, structures or erections for use as residential accommodation.(a) where only one dwellinghouse is to be created, £600,

(b) where more than one dwellinghouse is to be created and the site area does not exceed 2.5 hectares, £600 for each 0.1 hectare of the site area,

(c) where more than one dwellinghouse is to be created and site area exceeds 2.5 hectares, £600 for each 0.1 hectare up to 2.5 hectares of the site area, and then £300 for each 0.1 hectare in excess of 2.5 hectares, subject to a maximum of £75,000.
NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
2. The construction of buildings, structures or erections including extensions.£600 for each 0.1 hectare up to 2.5 hectares of the site area, and then £300 for each 0.1 hectare in excess of 2.5 hectares, subject to a maximum of £75,000.

Other applications

Application TypeFee
CERTIFICATES OF LAWFULNESS OF EXISTING USE OR DEVELOPMENT
1. An application for a Certificate of Lawful Use (LAW), under section 150(1)(a) or (b) of the 1997 Act, to ascertain:

(a) any existing use of buildings or other land is lawful,

(b) any operations which have been carried out in, on, over or under land are lawful
Fee is the same as for planning permission
2. An application for a Certificate of Lawful Use (LAW), under section 150(1)(c) of the 1997 Act, to ascertain:

(c) any other matter constituting a failure to comply with any condition or limitation subject to which planning permission has been granted is lawful
£300
CERTIFICATES OF LAWFULNESS FOR PROPOSED USE OR DEVELOPMENT
3. An application for a Certificate of Lawful Use (LAW), under section 151(1) of the 1997 Act (apart from one within category 4 below) to ascertain

(a) any proposed use of buildings or other land would be lawful, or

(b) any operations proposed to be carried out in, on, over or under land would be lawful
Half the fee as for planning permission
4. An application for a Certificate of Lawful Use (LAW), under section 151(1)(a) where the use specified is use as one or more separate dwellinghouses.

(a) the proposed use of buildings as one or more dwellinghouses would be lawful
£600 for each dwellinghouse, subject to a maximum of £150,000.
PRIOR APPROVAL
1. An application made for determination as to whether the prior approval of the planning authority is required in relation to development under schedule 1 of the General Permitted Development Order (other than one within categories 2 to 9).

For example Class 20A – peatland restoration.
£100
2. Agricultural buildings and agricultural private ways - Class 18 of Part 6 (agricultural buildings and operations) of schedule 1 of the General Permitted Development Order.No fee
3. Conversion of Agricultural Buildings to Residential Use - Class 18B of Part 6 (agricultural buildings and operations) of schedule 1 of the General Permitted Development Order.£500
4. Conversion of Agricultural Buildings to Flexible Commercial Use - Class 18C of Part 6 (agricultural buildings and operations) of schedule 1 of the General Permitted Development Order.£500
5. Placing or assembly of equipment within the area of an existing fish farm - Class 21A of Part 6A (fish farming) of schedule 1 of the General Permitted Development Order.£500
6. Conversion of Forestry Buildings to Residential Use - Class 22A of Part 7 (forestry buildings and operations) of schedule 1 of the General Permitted Development Order.£500
7. Conversion of Forestry Buildings to Flexible Commercial Use - Class 22B of Part 7 (forestry buildings and operations) of schedule 1 of the General Permitted Development Order.£500
8. Forestry buildings and agricultural private ways - Class 22 of Part 7 (forestry buildings and operations) of schedule 1 of the General Permitted Development Order.No fee.
9. Telecommunications - Class 67 of Part 20 (development by electronic communications code operators) of schedule 1 of the General Permitted Development Order.£500
NON MATERIAL VARIATIONS (under Section 64)£200
SECTION 42 APPLICATIONS - applications for planning permission for the development of land without complying with conditions subject to which a previous planning permission was granted£300
ADVERTISEMENT APPLICATIONS
Consent for Display of Advertisements£300

Exemptions and concessions

Application typeFee
Works to improve a disabled person’s access to a public building, or to improve their access, safety, health or comfort at their dwellinghouse.No application fee or advert fee.
Applications (including advertisement applications) made by, or on behalf of, a Community Council.Half the normal fee.
Applications required because of the removal of permitted development rights by a condition or by an Article 4 direction.(‘Article 4 directions’ are where a Planning Authority removes permitted development rights for specific types of development and therefore no fee is required. However where legislation removes permitted development rights (for example householder development within conservation areas) a planning fee exemption does not apply and a fee is required.)No fee.
Applications required because of the removal by a condition of a right to make a change of use within the Use Classes Order.No fee.
Revised or fresh applications for development of the same character or description within 12 months of either: the date of a permission, the date of a refusal, or the date the earlier application was valid, if withdrawn. Only one such application will be exempt.No fee.
Development crossing planning authority boundaries requiring several applications.The lesser of:

(a) one and a half times the amount of the fee which would have been payable for an application in respect of the same development but lying in the area of a single planning authority,

(b) the sum of the amounts of the fees which would have been payable in respect of all the applications .

The fee payable to a planning authority in respect of an application is the proportion of the total fee payable equal to the proportion of the total site area of the development which falls within the area of that planning authority.
EIA Screening RequestNo fee.
EIA Scoping RequestNo fee.
Listed Buildings ConsentNo fee.
Conservation Area Consent. (‘Conservation Area Consent’ is type of application solely for demolition of unlisted buildings within Conservation Areas.)No fee.
Tree Works ApplicationNo fee.

Advert Fees

  • £160 for normal applications
  • £500 for EIA applications

If further assistance is required to calculate the fee for your proposal, please contact our Planning team:

There is also a fee calculator on the e-planning.scot portal.

When is an advertisement fee required?

For certain applications, you are required to pay the cost of a public advertisement in the local newspaper. For example, you are required to pay an advert fee where there is neighbouring land within 20 metres of the application site boundary which has no premises that we can send a neighbour notification letter to. Please be aware this is not required for Householder applications for planning permission.

The advertisement fee is £160 per application for publication.

We will not validate your application until this fee is paid.

If you are unsure whether an advertisement fee will be required for your application, please call us on 01389 722024 or email: planning@lochlomond-trossachs.org

An advertisement fee is required:

  • For neighbour notification purposes if there are no premises on neighbouring land (excluding householder applications for planning permission);
  • If land owners of the site are unknown;
  • If the proposal is a departure from the Development Plan;
  • If an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report has been submitted (this requires an advert fee of £500); or
  • If the proposal is for one of the following classes of development:
    • The use of land as a scrap yard or coal yard or for working minerals.
    • Disposal, storage or reclaiming of waste material.
    • The use of buildings as a theatre, cinema, music hall, dance hall, fun fair, bingo hall, casino, skating rink, swimming bath, gymnasium, indoor games hall, Turkish or other vapour bath, licensed premises or hot food shop; or public convenience.
    • Construction of a building over 20 metres in height.
    • Use of buildings and land which will alter the character of an area of established amenity.
    • Anything that will introduce significant change into a largely uniform area.
    • Anything that will affect housing because of fumes, noise, vibration, smoke, artificial lighting, solid or liquid waste.
    • Anything that will bring crowds into a generally quiet area or which will cause activity and noise between 8pm and 8am.
    • Sewage works, slaughterhouse, zoo, wildlife park, animal breeding, motor car or motor cycle racing, crematorium or cemetery.

When is a planning application fee not required?

Some applications are exempt from a fee. These include:

  • Revised or fresh applications for development or advertisements of the same character or description within 12 months of refusal, or if withdrawn, the date the earlier application was submitted.
  • Revised or fresh application for development of the same character or description within 12 months of receiving permission.
  • Applications required because of the removal by a condition of a right to make a change of use within the Use Classes Order.
  • Applications required because of the removal of permitted development rights by a condition or by an Article 4 direction.
  • Works to improve a disabled person’s access to a public building, or to improve their access, safety, health or comfort at their dwellinghouse.
  • Listed Building or Conservation Area Consent applications.

Where an application is made by, or on behalf of, a Community Council, the fee payable shall be one half of the amount that would otherwise be payable.

If my application is exempt from a fee, do I still need to pay the advertisement fee?

Yes, if your application is exempt from an application fee for one of the reasons specified above, you still have to pay the advert fee, except where the application is for works to improve a disabled person’s access to a building.

What if my application includes more than one fee category?

If your application includes more than one category of fee, only the higher of the two fees is charged, unless the development involves the creation of new residential units, in which case the total of the two fees is payable.

Will my application be accepted as valid without the correct fee?

The correct planning application fee and advert fee must be paid before an application can be accepted as valid.

If I over-pay the fee, will the remainder be refunded?

If you submit an advert fee and it is not required or you overpay the planning application fee, we will refund any monies due back to you once the application is validated. The National Park Authority will automatically make a refund using the same payment method the payment was received from.

Do I get a refund if my application is withdrawn or refused?

Fees are not refunded if planning permission is refused, or if the application is withdrawn. 

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