The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

If you’ve recently received a letter from the ICO about paying your data protection fee, we hope you’ll find our website useful in helping you comply with your other UK GDPR obligations. If you’ve paid in the last 14 days, please ignore the letter you’ve received from us. If you need to pay, your fee will need to be renewed every 12 months.


When you complete an application form online or make a payment, we endeavour to send your confirmation early the following working day. However, due to the large volume of work we are currently receiving, your confirmation may arrive later on that following day. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Every organisation or sole trader who processes personal information needs to pay a data protection fee to the ICO, unless they are exempt.

We publish some of the information you provide on the register of controllers. If you use a domestic address and do not wish for this to be included on the register, which is public on our website, please provide a PO Box or alternative address.

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First time payment      

It should take about 15 minutes to complete this form.

You will need to fill in this form in one session, so we suggest you get everything you will need to complete it before you start. You will need:

  • your credit/debit card or other payment details;
  • details about the organisation(s) you are registering, eg Companies House number (if applicable), name, address; and
  • details about the number of staff you have and your turnover.

For information about what we do with personal data, see our privacy notice.

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For information about what we do with personal data see our privacy notice.

A Welsh language registration form (pdf) is also available.

NB: From 25 May 2018, people who use CCTV for domestic purposes, ie to monitor their property, even if it films beyond the boundaries of their property will be exempt from paying a fee under data protection law.

From 1 April 2019, the Data Protection (Charges and Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 exempted the processing of personal data by members of the House of Lords, elected representatives and prospective representatives.‘ Elected representatives’ is defined by the Data Protection Act 2018 and includes, but is not limited to, MPs, MSPs, MSs in Wales, MEPs, elected councillors in county councils, district councils, London boroughs, parish councils, elected mayors and police and crime commissioners.‘ Prospective representative’ refers to anyone seeking to become an elected representative as defined above.

How much does it cost?

The cost of your data protection fee depends on your size and turnover. There are three tiers of fee ranging from £40 and £2,900, but for most organisations it will be £40 or £60. The payment is always VAT:nil

Some organisations only pay £40 regardless of their size and turnover. These are:

  • Charities;
  • small occupational pension schemes.

You can use our fee tier calculator to find out how much you will need to pay.

Not sure if you need to pay a fee to the ICO?

Take our quick self-assessment to find out.

Not sure if you need to appoint a data protection officer?

Take our quick self-assessment to find out. 

Add a Data Protection Officer

It's easy to add a Data Protection Officer (DPO). Find out how.

Do you have a number of organisations that are required to pay a data protection fee?

Contact our data protection fees helpline on 0303 123 1113 to discuss how we can help.

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Need to change or update the details we hold?

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