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First timers hit by ARB fee shake-up

The Architects Registration Board is instating a new fee structure which will mean higher fees for first time applicants

At a meeting last Thursday (22 July), the UK’s statutory regulator outlined plans for restructuring its current fee set-up.

The restructuring will see the introduction of a new application fee for first time applicants. The £30 fee is to be paid in addition to retention fees, and is based on the average cost, in terms of staffing, of a single application.

Rentention fees, which currently stand range from £86 to £21.50, are subject to alteration in September. In order to prevent the overall price a first time applicant must pay from significantly rising, rentention fees will obviously have to be cut.

However, the penalty fee for architects wishing to be reinstated has been reduced from £86 to £40. With the new structure, this is likely to mean a decrease in the overall costs for reinstatement.

The decision to restructure comes as part of a new EU Services Directive, which demands there be a separate application fee in order that it may be refundable to unsuccessful applicants.


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