Report fee tariff data

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

 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

if you are registered for online invoicing, you can submit your 2017/18 data online.  Registered users will be emailed when your firm’s form is available. Otherwise we will send a paper form to you in the post. Find out how to register for online invoicing.

We need to receive your data ideally by the end of January, but at the latest by the end of February. If you report on a paper form, please send this by email to [email protected], Alternatively, post to:

  • Fee tariff data collection, Finance – Revenue department, Financial Conduct Authority, 25 The North Colonnade, London E14 5HS

Firms that report data through the Gabriel reporting return RMA-J are not required to complete a fee tariff data form.

Insurers and deposit takers

Insurers do not need to report fee tariff data for the insurance fee-blocks for the 2017/2018 fee year. We will be re-using the data used for their 2016/2017 fees and levies. Firms that have transferred their business under a part VII or part VIII transfer arrangement will need to advise us and provide revised data; firms in run-off may be able to adjust their 2016/2017 fee data. Our guidance for the relevant insurance fee-blocks will be updated with more details by the end of December. Please see our consultation paper CP16/23 and handbook notice 39.

Banks and building societies must include deposits from large corporates and small local authorities when reporting their data for the FSCS class A1. Our guidance for FSCS class SA01 will be updated with more details by the end of December.

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 the application pack.

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.

Read our fee rules in the Handbook.

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

Mortgage credit directive

The mortgage credit directive brought firms dealing with second charge mortgages into the existing mortgage regime from March 2016. Second charge mortgages and buy to let broking are no longer regulated under the consumer credit activities and any income relating to the changes for the mortgage credit directive should not be reported under consumer credit as from the 2016/17 invoice period. Please see guidance for fee block A2 mortgage lending and fee block A18 for mortgage mediation to include tariff data for the second charge mortgages and buy to let brokering as from the 2016/17 invoice period. 


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




Deposit acceptors



Home finance providers and administrators

A3 - Guidance

A3 - Calculation Sheet

A3 - Supplementary Sheet


General insurers

A4 - Guidance

A4 - Calculation Sheet

A4 - Supplementary Sheet


Life insurers

A7 - Guidance

A7 - Calculation Sheet


Portfolio managers

A9 - Guidance

A9 - Calculation Sheet


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



Firms dealing as principal in investments



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)



Corporate finance advisors



Home finance advisors and arrangers



General insurance intermediaries



CASS-holding client money or assets



Service Companies



Large payment institutions - regulated under payment services regulation



Authorised electronic money issuers – regulated under electronic money regulations



Consumer Credit


Money Advice Service




Debt advice – unsecured debt


Debt advice – secured debt


Financial Services Compensation Scheme






General insurance provision


General insurance intermediation


Life and pensions provision


Life and pensions intermediation


Investment provision


Investment intermediation


Home finance intermediation


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. However, we will contact you if we have not received your data by the due date. Keep a copy of your submission as a record.

If you don’t send or submit 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.