Fees Charged for Applications under the Electricity Act 1989

Closed 28 May 2018

Opened 19 Feb 2018

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Scottish Ministers are responsible for determining applications for consent for electricity generating stations with installed capacity exceeding 1MW (offshore) and 50 MW (onshore) and overhead power lines in Scotland under sections 36 and 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 respectively. The Electricity (Applications for Consent) Regulations
1990 and Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland)
Regulations 2017 apply to such applications, which are processed on behalf of
Scottish Ministers by the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (onshore) and Marine Scotland (offshore).

We are reviewing the fees that we charge, to maintain service delivery and to support future improvement. This consultation sets out our proposals in detail and seeks your views on them.

Why We Are Consulting

In accordance with the Scottish Public Finance Manual, the Scottish Government adopts the principle that there should be full cost recovery for all public services, including those associated with discharging consenting functions under the Electricity Act 1989.

We believe the proposed fee increases are fully justified and recognise the changes to Ministers’ administrative functions and working practices, and are a better reflection of the costs of providing and continuing to improve our service.

Scottish Ministers would welcome your comments and suggestions about the future of the current statutory arrangements for fees payable under sections 36, 36C and 37 of the Electricity Act 1989. Your views will help inform our decision.

Download the consultation paper.

View accessible HTML version here.

Update May 2018

In response to queries received, supplementary information on the estimated costs of processing applications is now available from the following link. Additionally, the closing date of the consultation has been extended by two weeks from 14 May to 28 May 2018.

Download the supplementary information.

What Happens Next

After the consultation has concluded, responses will be analysed. After careful consideration of matters raised in the consultation responses, Ministers may agree to make changes to the relevant legislation governing energy consents fees including, for example, the Electricity (Applications for Consent) Regulations 1990 and Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017.


  • People of Scotland


  • Energy