Planning application fees

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).

View the Icon for pdf fee scale [126.25KB], and the Government's Icon for pdf Circular [228.61KB], which gives additional information on the fees payable. 

The fee for an application, unless otherwise noted, is not refundable once the planning application has been submitted. Your fee can be reduced or waived, 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); and
  • 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the date of submission of an application of the same description or character, if made by the same applicant, which is withdrawn.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)  

If there is a requirement to advertise your application in the local newspaper, please note that you will have to pay an additional £80 to cover the cost and we will not register your application until the fee is paid.

Pre-Application Advice, Non-Material Variations and Certificates 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 the Pre-Application Enquiry webpage. The fees for this service, set out below, are set by West Lothian Council. Please note that this service is not for finding out whether planning permission is required for your development; if you need information on this you can view the pages on this website that give information on permitted development.  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.  

Application/Service Fee Payable
1. Pre-Application Advice
a. Householder £50 - Additional £50 if the applicant requests a meeting or a site visit.
b. Local Development 50% of the cost of the planning application fee, subject to a maximum of £500. Additional £200 if the applicant requests a meeting or a site visit.
c. Major Development 50% of the cost of the planning application fee, subject to a maximum of £800. Additional £200 if the applicant requests a meeting or a site visit.
2. Non Material Variation (NMV)
a. First request for NMV No fee if made within 12 months of the date of the decision of the application.
b. Householder £50
c. Local Development £100
d. Major Development £150
3. Compliance with Plans/Conditions
a. Householder £150
b. All Other Development £300


Application Fees

You can view the required fee for your development Icon for pdf here [126.25KB]