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High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013

High hedge notices

Section 4 – Fee for application

9.This section gives the local authority the power to charge a fee for applications. It provides that applications must be accompanied by any fee set by the relevant local authority. The fee must not exceed an amount which the local authority considers represents the reasonable costs of deciding an application. This would include administration costs.

10.Subsection (2) allows different fees to be charged for different types of applications. This ensures that the local authority has the scope to alter any charging regime according to factors it considers appropriate other than simply amending the price of all applications. The local authority is given the power in subsection (4) to refund fees as it may determine and subsection (5) provides that it must publish details of the circumstances in which and the extent to which it is considered appropriate for refunds to be made. When publishing this information, the local authority must, under subsection (6), have regard to any guidance on the matter issued by Scottish Ministers.

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