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.

We may write to any registered company address where we believe a data protection fee payment may be overdue. If we’ve written to you recently about your unpaid data protection fee, you need to either make your payment for 2022/23, set up a rolling annual Direct Debit payment, or let us know if you don’t need to pay.

If you already know that your company is exempt from paying the data protection fee – and the reasons for that exemption – please fill in your details using the form so that we can stop writing to you.

After you submit this form, the Information Commissioner’s Office will put a marker on your company’s record stating your claim for an exemption from making a data protection fee payment. We may wish to follow up with a telephone call if we require further details about your exemption and you should also keep a record of your decision in case we challenge you on this in the future. If you’d like to check whether you need to pay before submitting this form, you can take our handy self-assessment which will open in a separate window.

To pay your annual data protection fee now, you can do so on our data protection fee payment page. After you’ve made your first payment, your company will be added to the ICO’s public register of fee payers. You’ll need to renew your payment every year or keep us updated if you’re no longer required to pay, or you could be fined up to £4,000.

We may contact you with information to help you comply with the laws we regulate.

Be aware of scams

The ICO is warning companies to be aware of scams relating to payment of the data protection fee. If you’ve received a letter, text message, email or telephone call from us and want to check that it’s genuine, please search ‘ICO fee’ using your usual search engine. Follow the top results to website links which begin with, and this will bring you to our official website.