Owner-Managed Businesses

Do you have to pay a data protection fee?

Under the Data Protection Act 2018, every organisation or sole trader who processes personal information needs to pay a data protection fee to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), with few exceptions.

27th January 2022

What is the ICO?

The ICO is 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.


Under what criteria do I have to pay?

The fee is payable by a range of companies from sole traders and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through to large organisations, depending on your practices. The amount payable varies depending on the size of the organisation.

  • Any company using CCTV for crime prevention purposes is required to pay an annual data protection fee to the ICO, regardless of other aspects of your business and operations
  • If you hold personal information for business purposes on any electronic device, you may need to pay an annual fee and it’s your responsibility to find out.​

If you aren’t sure whether you need to pay a fee, the ICO website has a handy registration self-assessment questionnaire.

It’s important that you do this quickly to find out if you need to pay the data protection fee and also to register with the ICO.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the data protection fee depends on your size and turnover. There are three tiers of fee ranging from £40 to £2,900, but for most organisations it will be £40 or £60. There is no VAT to pay on this fee.

You can pay now by visiting www.ico.org.uk/fee.

Privacy of your details

Some of the information you provide to the ICO is published on their website; if you use a domestic address and don’t wish for this to be included as public information on their website, you can provide a PO Box or alternative address.

It’s important to note that if you’re from the agricultural sector, you will need to choose sector ‘Retail & Manufacture’, sub-sector ‘Manufacturing’ and Nature of Work ‘Manufacturer’ when paying for the first time.

If you have any questions please click here… or go to Data protection fee | ICO

Source: https://ico.org.uk