Planning fees, help and support
Making a payment
Please note: if you are submitting an application through the Planning Portal, it will take the full payment for the planning application and will also charge you a handling fee of £25 (inc. VAT) for using the Planning Portal. We will be sent the application fee.
Please be advised of the following amendment to the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019. The Regulations introduced a £96 fee for applications for prior approval for permitted development rights for larger single-storey rear extensions to a house, following the permitted development right being made permanent on 25 May. The new fee for prior approvals for larger single-storey rear house extensions came into effect on 19 August 2019.
Download a list of our planning fees (PDF 46.2KB)
Following the introduction of the handling fee by the Planning Portal, applications which are not exempt from fee regulations and which are not accompanied by a fee, will not be passed to us until the fee has been received by the Planning Portal. Sometimes, the fee amount received is incorrect. If this is the case, we'll contact you to resolve.
You can pay online for planning applications. On the payments page, please select 'Miscellaneous', then 'Planning' and then the type of application you are applying for (please see the fees schedule below for the online payment reference related to the type of application you are submitting.) In the message box field of the payment form, please enter the site address, planning portal reference number or case reference number (if known) relating to the application being paid for when paying online. This information is crucial for matching the payment with the application.
Pay by phone: 0300 300 8301 (Monday to Thursday, 8:30am until 5:30pm, Friday 8:30am until 4:30pm)
We can still accept cheques; please make payable to Central Bedfordshire Council. Please ensure the site address is written on the back of the cheque, or we won't be able to match it with the application.
Help and support
Use the Planning Portal help centre to support you with completing your online application. You can use the help centre if you have a problem filling out an application, or have a query with how to use the planning portal website.
Telephone: 0333 323 4589
Telephone: 0333 323 3900 (payments direct line)