Report fee tariff data

Guidance on how to fill in your online tariff data forms and give us information about your firm that will help us calculate annual fees for the next financial year.

These pages will be updated in January 2021 to reflect the end of the Brexit transition period.
Please keep this in mind when reading this page. Check the last updated date on each page for changes.


In January, each year we ask you to provide us information about your firm, including:

  • annual income from regulated activities
  • other data as a measure of the size of business (for example number of mortgages)
  • explanation of significant increase or decrease from last year

This information is called tariff data, and we use it to work out annual fees for the following financial year, April to March.

Submit your tariff data

Firms registered for online invoicing will need to submit fees data online. Registered users will be emailed when your firm’s form is available.

If your firm is not registered, please register for online invoicing now.

You must send us your data by 28 February. If possible, we would like it by the end of January.

Firms that report all their tariff data through the Gabriel reporting return RMA-J are not required to submit tariff data through online invoicing.

Financial Services Compensation Scheme funding model

In 2016 the FCA commenced a review on the funding arrangements of FSCS and consulted on proposals for several policy changes. The changes included the introduction of new funding classes and categories, which became effective from 1 April 2019 and can be found in FEES 6 annex 3A of our handbook.

Most of the new categories directly replaced one of the previous classes. The levies continue to be based on the same tariff data definitions as previously reported, except for income for pure protection policies, which is now reported as general insurance.

Read more about the consultations in our fees publications.


UK insurers no longer need to submit tariff data to the FCA for periodic fees as this data will be collected by PRA from their own regulatory returns. We will continue to collect data from EEA branches.

We will contact all insurers in April to ask for their FSCS levy data and any other tariff data they need to report to us. Insurers can choose to report relevant data for FOS. We will use the FCA data if they choose not to report relevant data.

Recognised investment exchanges (RIEs) and Benchmark administrators (BAs)

Periodic fees for RIEs and BAs are based on their annual income from these activities. We will contact these firms in January to ask for their data.

RIEs that are operating a multilateral trading facility or operating an organised trading facility will also need to report their income from these activities separately for calculating their FSCS levies.

New firms

If your firm is applying for authorisation, you will need to report your data based on the most recent fee-block classifications and the tariff base (measure of business) appropriate to the fee-block. Similarly, if you wish to change (vary) your firm’s permissions during this period, you will need to report your data based on the latest tariff base appropriate to the new fee-block.

Use the tariff base (measure of business) on the guidance for your fee block when filling in your form and make sure you give us all the data we ask for in your application. You need to include a projected valuation for your firm’s first year, starting from the date you are authorised. This projection is important as we will use it to calculate your fees. You will not be able to reduce it if your business does not meet this projection.

If your firm became authorised between 1 January and 31 March, your second-year fee will be calculated using your projected data or annualised figure based on your actual data. Annualised data must be provided by 30 April of the year you became authorised. If we do not receive your annualised data by this date we will use your projected data.

Read the fee rules in our Handbook.

We use historical data to calculate fees. New firms will not have historical data so we use a firm’s projection instead.


From this section of the page, you can access our guidance notes for the tariff data form.

They explain:

  • the fee-blocks
  • the tariff base and
  • administrative points to consider


Financial Ombudsman Service
industry block



Guidance (PDF)


Deposit acceptors


Guidance (PDF)


Home finance providers and administrators


Guidance (PDF)


General insurers


Guidance (PDF)


Life insurers


Guidance (PDF)

Calculation Sheet (PDF)


Portfolio managers


Guidance (PDF)

Calculation Sheet (PDF)


Managers and depositaries of investment funds, and operators of collective investment schemes or pension schemes


Guidance (PDF)


Firms dealing as principal in investments


Guidance (PDF)


Advisory arrangers, dealers or brokers (holding or controlling client money and/or assets)


Advisory arrangers, dealers or brokers (NOT holding or controlling client money and/or assets)


Guidance (PDF)


Corporate finance advisors


Guidance (PDF)


Home finance advisors and arrangers


Guidance (PDF)


General insurance intermediaries


Guidance (PDF)


Service Companies


Guidance (PDF)


Recognised investment exchanges


Guidance (PDF)


Benchmark administrators


Guidance (PDF)


Large payment institutions - regulated under payment services regulation


Guidance (PDF)


Authorised electronic money issuers – regulated under electronic money regulations



Consumer Credit

CMC01 I024 Claims management companies
D002 n/a Professional Body Supervisors


Financial Guidance Levy




Guidance (PDF)

Debt advice levies - consumer credit lenders


Guidance (PDF)

Debt advice levies - home finance providers and administrators


Financial Services Compensation Scheme




Guidance (PDF)



Guidance (PDF)

Dormant account scheme


Guidance (PDF)

General insurance provision


Guidance (PDF)

Life and pensions provision

CLGID-1 (replaces SB02)

Guidance (PDF)

Category 1.1, General insurance distribution

CLII-1 (replaces SC02 and SD02)

Guidance (PDF)

Category 2.1, Life distribution and investment intermediation


Guidance (PDF)

Category 2.4, Structured deposits provision

CLIP (replaces SD01)

Guidance (PDF)

Class3, Investment provision claims

CLHFI-1 (replaces SE02)

Guidance (PDF)

Category 4.1, Home finance intermediation

CLDM-1 (replaces SK01-D)

Guidance (PDF)

CLDM-2 (replaces SK01-L)

Guidance (PDF)

Category 5.1, Debt management


Category 5.2, Consumer credit provision

Exemptions from levies

In some circumstances, firms are exempt from some of the charges (levies) for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) and the Financial Ombudsman Service.

If you think your firm should be exempt from the levies, you should fill in an:

Send it to us with your tariff data return form or separately by email to [email protected].

Forms must be received by 31 March for a firm to be exempt for the following fee year.

What happens next

Once we receive your fee tariff data we will use it to work out your fees for the next financial year.

We don’t send acknowledgements when we receive your data. You can download a PDF copy of the data you submitted online. We will contact you if we have not received your data by the due date. If we do not receive your data by the due date we will charge you a fee of £250 and will send you an estimated invoice until we receive your data.

Read about tariff data reporting requirements 

If you send inaccurate or incorrect data we may charge you an incorrect fee.

We will not automatically revise the fees we charge because you made a mistake. Whether we decide to or not is at our discretion.

Contact us

If you have any queries about how we collect tariff data or about filling in the tariff data return form, phone the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 500 0597.