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4.1 This chapter does not apply to EEA firms wishing to exercise an EEA right

Regulatory transaction fees – meaning and application

4.1

01/03/2016

This chapter does not apply to EEA firms wishing to exercise an EEA right

Due date for payment of regulatory transaction fees

4.2

01/03/2016

Unless otherwise indicated in 4, the due date for payment of regulatory transaction fees is on or before the application is made.

4.3

01/03/2016

Regulatory transaction fees incurred by a firm remain payable even if an application is withdrawn. Regulatory transaction fees once received by the PRA, or by the collection agent on its behalf, are non-refundable.

4.4

08/07/2017

Chapter 4 shows regulatory transaction fees payable to the PRA. As all PRA firms are dual regulated, fees may also be payable to the FCA.

Regulatory transaction fees for new authorisations

4.5

30/06/2016

Regulatory transaction fees for new authorisations are payable as follows:

  1. (1) All applications for new authorisations other than from credit unions are first assigned to the complexity groupings in Tables B and C to assist the PRA in determining the appropriate fee. Fees are then payable in accordance with:
    1. (a) Table B if the permission sought does not include consumer credit-related activities; and 
    2. (b) Table C if the permission sought involves consumer credit related activities.
Table B – New authorisations not involving consumer credit-related activities
Application type£
Straightforward:

A3 or A4 fee payer which is a friendly society

750.00
Moderately complex:

A3 fee payer seeking permission as a UK insurance special purpose vehicle

A5 fee payer seeking permission as a managing agent at Lloyd’s

2,500.00
Complex:

A1 fee payer (other than a credit union) seeking permission to accept deposits or operate dormant accounts

A3 fee payer (other than a friendly society or UK insurance special purpose vehicle

A4 fee payer other than a friendly society
12,500.00

 

Table C – New authorisations involving consumer credit-related activities
Application type £  

Straightforward:

Fee payer seeking permission for credit broking or providing information services.
     

Annual consumer credit income  £ Fee £
50,000.00 or less 300.00
Greater than 50,000.00 and less than 100,000.00 375.00
Greater than 100,000.00 and less than 250,000.00 500.00
Greater than 250,000.00 and less than 1,000,000.00 750.00
Greater than 1,000,000.00 2,500.00

Moderately complex:

Fee payer seeking permission for:

  1. (1) debt administration/debt collecting;
  2. (2) entering into regulated consumer hire agreement as lender (other than in relation to high-cost short term credit, bill of sale loan agreements and home credit loan agreements);
  3. (3) exercising or having the right to exercise the owner’s rights under a regulated consumer hire agreement;
  4. (4) exercising or having the right to exercise the lender’s rights and duties under a regulated consumer hire agreement (other than in relation to high-cost short term credit, bill of sale loan agreements and home credit loan agreements); or
  5. (5) operating an electronic system in relation to lending.  
Annual consumer credit income £ Fee £
50,000 or less 400.00
Greater than 50,000.00 and less than 100,000.00 500.00
Greater than 100,000.00 and less than 250,000.00 750.00
Greater than 250,000.00 and less than 1,000,000 2,500.00
Greater than 1,000,000.00 5,000.00

Complex

Fee payer seeking permission for:

  1. (1) debt adjusting/debt counselling;
  2. (2) entering into a regulated credit agreement as lender in relation to high-cost short term credit, bill of sale loan agreements and home credit loan agreements;
  3. (3) exercising, or having the right to exercise, the lender’s rights and duties under a credit agreement as lender in relation to high-cost short term credit, bill of sale loan agreements and home credit loan agreements; or
  4. (4) providing credit references.
Annual consumer credit income £ Fee £
50,000.00 or less 500.00
Greater than 50,000.00 and less than 100,000.00 625.00
Greater than 100,000.00 and less than 250,000.00 1,000.00
Greater than 250,000.00 and less than 1,000,000.00 3,500.00
Greater than 1,000,000.00 7,500.00
  1.  (2) Credit unions applying for new authorisations pay fees as follows: 
    1. (a) any credit union applying for a Part 4A permission for consumer credit related activities £100.00;
    2. (b) a credit union which, prior to 3rd February 2016, would have been categorised as a Version 1 credit union applying for Part 4A permission not limited to consumer credit related activities £150.00;
    3. (c) a credit union which, prior to 3rd February 2016, would have been categorised as a Version 2 credit union applying for Part 4A permission not limited to consumer credit related activities £900.00.
  2. (3) Where an application is categorised as either straightforward or moderately complex and involves a simple change of legal status as defined in 4.5 (4), the fee payable for a new authorisation is discounted by 50%.  
  3. (4) An application involves only a simple change of legal status under 4.5(3) if it is from an applicant which:
    1. (a) is a new legal entity intending to carry on the business, using the same business plan, of an existing firm where the latter has no outstanding regulatory obligations and is cancelling its Part 4A permission; and
    2. (b) will:
      1. (i) have the same or a narrower Part 4A permission and the same branches as the firm;
      2. (ii) assume all of the rights and obligations in connection with any of the PRA regulated activities carried on by the firm
      3. (iii) continue the same compliance arrangements in relation to client assets and client money as the firm except for any changes required only as a result of the change of legal status; and
      4. (iv) continue with a risk profile and arrangements for controlling and monitoring risk which will not be materially different from those of the firm.
  4. (5) Where an applicant for a new authorisation is FCA authorised, the application will be treated as a variation of permission and fees will be payable in accordance with 4.7.
  5. (6) Where a new authorisation under 4.5 or an exercise of Treaty rights under 4.6 relates to more than one PRA regulated activity, a single fee, being the highest applicable regulatory transaction fee, is payable.
  6. (7) An application for a new authorisation is not deemed complete until the regulatory transaction fee is paid.

Exercise of Treaty rights

4.6

01/03/2016

Regulatory transaction fees are payable as follows by incoming Treaty firms seeking to exercise a Treaty right in order to qualify for authorisation under Schedule 4 FSMA in respect of PRA regulated activities for which it does not have EEA passporting rights and which are not restricted to providing cross border services:

  1. (1) unless 4.6 (2) applies: 
    1. (a) 50% of the amount payable under 4.5 if the permitted activities are being undertaken through the firm’s branch in the United Kingdom; or 
    2. (b) 25% of the amount payable under 4.5 if the permitted activities are being undertaken by providing cross border services in the United Kingdom
  2. (2) No regulatory transaction fees are payable if HM Treasury has issued a certificate under paragraph 3(4) of Schedule 4 of FSMA confirming that equivalent protection is provided under the law of an EEA state other than the United Kingdom.

Variations of Part 4A permission and FCA authorised firms applying to carry on PRA regulated activity 

4.7

01/03/2016

Where a fee-payer seeks to vary its existing Part 4A permission or is an FCA-authorised firm seeking to obtain or vary a Part 4A permission in relation to PRA regulated activityregulatory transaction fees are payable as follows:

  1. (1) if the firm is extending the scope of its Part 4A permission to include additional regulated activities, the fee will be 50% of the highest fee which would have been payable by that firm had it been applying for a new authorisation under 4.5; and
  2. (2) no fee is payable if the variation involves a reduction in scope of a Part 4A permission with no increases in permission.

Insurance business transfers under Part VII FSMA 

4.8

01/03/2019

The transferor seeking regulatory consent for an insurance business transfer scheme under Part VII of FSMA pays a regulatory transaction fees of £20,000.00, the due date for payment being on or before the date of any application to the PRA for the appointment of an independent expert.

4.9

01/03/2016

For the purposes of 4.8 an insurance business transfer scheme involving more than one transferor or transferee may, at the PRA’s discretion, be treated as a single scheme to which only one fee will be applied. Where there is more than one transferor they will be jointly and severally liable for the fee.

4.10

01/03/2016

A transferor in an insurance business transfer scheme may be liable to pay a regulatory transaction fee under 4.8 and a special project fee under 5 in relation to the same subject matter.

Ceding Insurer’s Waiver

4.11

01/03/2019

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Model types

4.12

08/07/2017

[deleted]

4.12A

08/07/2017

4.12A to 4.15A apply to CRR firms and UK Solvency II firms.

4.13

08/07/2017

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4.13A

08/07/2017

Regulatory transaction fees are payable:

  1. (1) as set out in 4.14A where a CRR firm seeks permission from the PRA in its capacity as United Kingdom regulator or consolidating supervisor to use one of the model types referred to in 4.14A which require consent under Part Three of the CRR;
  2. (2) as set out in 4.14B where any of the following applications are made which require consent under Title I or Title III of the Solvency II Directive:
    1. (a) a UK Solvency II firm seeks permission from the PRA in its capacity as United Kingdom regulator for permission to use a solo internal model;
    2. (b) a UK Solvency II firm seeks permission from the PRA in its capacity as Solvency II group supervisor for permission to use a group internal model; or 
    3. (c) a Solvency II undertaking seeks permission from its group supervisor to use a group internal model which includes within the model’s scope one or more UK Solvency II firms.

4.14

08/07/2017

[deleted]

4.14A

01/03/2018

  1. (1) Where a CRR firm seeks permission to apply any model type the fee payable is as set out in Table D below.

01/03/2019

Table D - Model types under CRR

Applicant
(groupings based on tariff data submitted by firms as at 31 December in the fee year prior to the fee year in which the fee is payable).
Fee payable (£)
Where the application relates to CRD credit institutions or designated investment firms and includes five or more significant overseas entities within the same group. model type£
advanced IRB, IMM or IMA 268,000.00
foundation IRB 232,000.00
AMA 181,000.00

Where the applicant:

  1. (1) has modified eligible liabilities in excess of £40,000million; or
  2. (2) is a designated investment firm with total assets for fees purposes in excess of £100,000million.
 
model type£
advanced IRB, IMM or IMA 232,000.00
foundation IRB 198,000.00
AMA 146,000.00

Where the applicant:

  1. (1) has modified eligible liabilities greater than £5,000million and less than £40,000million; or
  2. (2) is a designated investment firm with total assets for fees purposes greater than £15,000million and less than £100,000million.
model type£
advanced IRB, IMM or IMA 94,000.00
foundation IRB 72,000.00
AMA 51,000.00

Where the applicant:

  1. (1) has modified eligible liabilities of £5,000million or less; or
  2. (2) is a designated investment firm with total assets for fees purposes of £15,000million or less.
model type£
advanced IRB, IMM or IMA 42,000.00
foundation IRB 30,000.00
AMA 24,000.00

4.14B

07/11/2017

  1. (1) Where a UK Solvency II firm or a Solvency II undertaking seeks permission for an internal model, the fee payable is as set out in Table E below, subject to 4.14B(2) and 4.14B(3).
  2. (2) Where a firm or a group falls within both the general insurance fee block and the life insurance fee block, the fee payable is the greater of the fees due under each fee block.
  3. (3) Where a Solvency II undertaking seeks permission for a group internal model which includes one or more UK Solvency II firms within its scope, the fee is calculated using aggregated tariff data for all in-scope UK Solvency II firms, and is payable by such of those firms and in such proportions as the PRA directs.

01/03/2019

Table E – Internal model application fees

Applicant
(groupings based on tariff data submitted by firms as at 31 December in the fee year prior to the fee year in which the fee is payable)
Fee payable (£)
Group Internal Model (Full and Partial)
Sum of best estimate liabilities for fees purposes and gross written premium for fees purposes for groups in the general insurance fee block of £1,000million or more 268,000.00
Sum of best estimate liabilities for fees purposes and gross written premium for fees purposes for groups in the general insurance fee block greater than £300million and less than £1,000million 100,000.00
Sum of best estimate liabilities for fees purposes and gross written premium for fees purposes for groups in the general insurance fee block less than £300million 50,000.00
Sum of best estimate liabilities for fees purposes and gross written premium for fees purposes for groups in the life insurance fee block of £15,000million or more 268,000.00
Sum of best estimate liabilities for fees purposes and gross written premium for fees purposes for groups in the life insurance fee block greater than £5,000million and less than £15,000million
100,000.00
Sum of best estimate liabilities for fees purposes and gross written premium for fees purposes for groups in the life insurance fee block less than £5,000million 50,000.00
Solo Internal Model (Full and Partial)
Sum of best estimate liabilities for fees purposes and gross written premium for fees purposes for firms in the general insurance fee block of £1,000million or more 232,000.00
Sum of best estimate liabilities for fees purposes and gross written premium for fees purposes for firms in the general insurance fee block greater than £300million and less than £1,000million 80,000.00
Sum of best estimate liabilities for fees purposes and gross written premium for fees purposes for firms in the general insurance fee block less than £300million 42,000.00
Sum of best estimate liabilities for fees purposes and gross written premium for fees purposes for firms in the life insurance fee block of £15,000million or more 232,000.00
Sum of best estimate liabilities for fees purposes and gross written premium for fees purposes for firms in the life insurance fee block greater than £5,000million and less than £15,000million 80,000.00
Sum of best estimate liabilities for fees purposes and gross written premium for fees purposes for firms in the life insurance fee block less than £5,000million 42,000.00

4.15

08/07/2017

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4.15A

08/07/2017

The due date for payment under 4.12A to 4.14B is as follows:

  1. (1) where the application is made directly to the PRA, on or before the application is made;
  2. (2) within 30 days after the PRA notifies a CRR firm that its EEA parent’s consolidating supervisor has requested assistance; or
  3. (3) within 30 days after the PRA notifies a UK Solvency II firm that it has received a copy of a group internal model application from the Solvency II group supervisor which includes the UK Solvency II firm within its scope.

Skilled persons

4.16

01/03/2016

Where the PRA has given notice to a fee payer of its intention to itself appoint a skilled person to:

  1. (1) provide it with a report pursuant to s166(3)(b) of FSMA; or
  2. (2) collect or update information pursuant to Section 166A(2)(b) of FSMA;

the fee will be the amount invoiced by the skilled person.

4.17

01/03/2016

The due date for payment will be within 30 days of the invoice.