Do you need to pay a data protection fee?


The Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018 require every business that processes personal information to pay a data protection fee to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), unless they are exempt. 

If your company is registered with Companies House you will be contacted by letter to check if you need to register with the ICO. You can check this by using the self assessment tool on the ICO website.

If you don’t need to register after completing the tool, you can fill in the form to say you don’t need to register and you have checked. If the tool tells you to register with the ICO, you have a legal obligation to do so. This will be an annual fee of £40 or £60. If you need to pay – and do not – by law, you could be fined up to £4,000. 

If your company isn’t registered with Companies House and you don’t receive a letter from the ICO, it’s still a good idea use the self assessment tool to check if you need to register. 

If you use dashcams it is likely you will need to register. Use the tool to find out for sure. 

If you receive a letter from ICO, you need to let them know by 27 March 2021 that you have paid, are exempt or called them to discuss your circumstances.  

The data protection fee funds the ICO’s data protection activities. If you need assistance with your data protection obligations, including any relating to changes brought about by COVID-19, you can check out our small business resources at

There are not many situations where you would be exempt from paying a fee, but you can check at If the online fee checker says you do not need to pay, let the ICO know by filling in the short form at

If you need to pay, please visit and click ‘first time payment’, unless you have registered with ICO before. You must complete the online application before sending your payment. If you have already made this payment, please ignore this letter. 

Please note that some company data has to be made publicly available by law. We got your details from data published at For information about what we do with personal data, please see our privacy notice at

For more information, watch our free webinar with the ICO.

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