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Fees for regulated areas and affiliates


Published: 23 Sep 2016 Updated: 10 Nov 2023 Update History

Find out more about the fees for affiliates, audit, DPB (Investment Business), insolvency, Licensed Practice scheme and probate work.

Pay your fees

2024 fees are due by 1 January. Login using your firm or record number to arrange payment.

We are authorised to license and register firms and individuals to carry out specialist areas of work including audit, ATOL reporting, DPB (Investment Business), insolvency and probate.

In most cases, the fees for these areas of work consist of two parts:

  • an ICAEW fee; and
  • levies we collect on behalf of other organisations including the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and Insolvency Service.


This fee is the cost (required by law or regulation) of registration. The fee funds the ICAEW regulatory and assurance operation which includes:

  • operation of the annual return and records maintenance;
  • quality assurance reviews and visits (and a wealth of associated support and materials), development and maintenance of regulatory policies and firm and insolvency practitioner conduct.

The regulatory and assurance work of ICAEW is self-financed through the registration fees paid by regulated firms and individuals which cover the cost of operations. This budget is used to;

  • carry out statutory and regulatory activity;
  • explore new practice opportunities (including probate and reserved legal services); and
  • address actual and potential changes to the regulations (recently this has included the Audit Regulations).

Registration fees are a cost of business to you and your firms and we work hard to limit the cost of regulation at all times. The budget for planned operations and registration fees is presented and approved each year by the ICAEW Regulatory Board (IRB).

The IRB derives its authority from the ICAEW Council. To ensure a greater degree of independence, the ICAEW Council has delegated the regulatory and disciplinary functions of ICAEW to IRB. The IRB comprises up to twelve individuals including the chair and a parity of lay and non-lay members.

The financial strategy addresses both the short and long term challenges posed by:

  • income opportunity and threats;
  • increasing complexity through offering a broader range of regulatory and assurance products;
  • the requirements of our oversight bodies including FRC and LSB;
  • the requirement for pension deficit and investment funding; and
  • the need to ensure sufficient resources to;

    • carry out statutory and regulatory functions;
    • deliver a range of services and initiatives;
    • explore new practice opportunities; and
    • address potential changes to the regulatory environment.

ICAEW membership and practicing certificate fees are not used to subsidise the operation of the ICAEW regulatory and assurance function.

Levies we collect on behalf of other organisations

The organisations that oversee the regulatory work of ICAEW, such as the Insolvency Service and the FRC, require funding. As required, we collect levies on behalf of these bodies. As ICAEW is an authorising body, in some cases, we are required to provide other functions alongside our regulatory work such as funding a complaints gateway (insolvency) and providing compensation scheme arrangements (investment business, probate).

OPBAS levy for 2024

The OPBAS levy for each mainland UK ICAEW practising certificate holder will be £59: The Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (OPBAS) levies an annual charge on all professional body supervisors (PBSs), including ICAEW, to fund its operational costs. The levy also includes a charge to cover ongoing ICAEW operational changes required to address the findings of the OPBAS supervisory assessments.

More about OPBAS

OPBAS is an oversight body set up by the government to strengthen the UK’s anti-money laundering (AML) supervisory regime and to ensure professional body supervisors (PBSs) provide consistently high standards of AML supervision. OPBAS delivers the government’s commitment to reform the AML supervisory regime and implements the Economic Crime Plan published in 2019.

Fee scales 2024

Fee scales 2023

Annual registration and payment of fees

We will automatically renew your regulatory registration every year. We will send you a proforma invoice  by email to confirm details of your registration (usually in November). This gives you time to ask questions about the proforma invoice before payment is due.

If you want to raise an invoice query, you must do so within 30 days of the issue date on the proforma invoice. If you do not raise a query within 30 days, you may be liable for the full fee as described on the proforma or invoice.

Annual registration fees are payable on 1 January and payment is due within 30 days. Payments under existing direct debit arrangements will be collected within 20 working days of the 1 January. Payment collection dates are shown on the proforma or invoice for newly established or changed direct debit instructions.

Once you have paid your regulatory fees, you will be considered to have accepted the firm structure described on the proforma document or invoice.

Regulatory fees are for a calendar year unless otherwise stated in the fee scales. We do not refund in part or in full annual regulatory fees.

Non-payment of regulatory fees will result in the member or firm being referred to the Professional Conduct Department.

We encourage you to pay annual fees by direct debit. 

Payment options

  • Bank transfer

    You can pay direct to ICAEW's bank account by using electronic transfer. All fees must be paid in sterling. Please be aware that you will be liable for any bank charges incurred for the transaction. You must ensure that the relevant firm number or record number is transmitted with your payment. ICAEW's bank details are as follows:

    Name National Westminster Bank Plc, Milton Keynes 
    Sort code  60 14 55 
    Account number  82278237 
    Account name  ICAEW Treasury Account 
    Swift code  NWBKGB2L 
    International Banking Number  GB46 NWBK 60 14 55 82 27 82 37 
    VAT Registration Number  GB245788911 
  • Direct debit

    To set up a Direct Debit, please complete this mandate and email it to credit.control-psd@icaew.com.

  • Pay online

    Visit icaew.com/payyourfees to arrange payment of your regulatory fees.

Effect of other changes

The fee will be calculated on the basis of the information held about a firm at the time of issuing the proforma invoice or when a firm applies to be registered for a specialist area of work. Changes which are notified subsequently may be taken into account if they lead to an increased registration fee.

For more information

If you have any questions for our accounts team such as how to obtain a copy renewal notice or how to set up or change a Direct Debit, please contact creditcontrol-psd@icaew.com.

If your renewal notice is incorrect due to changes in your firm structure or you would like to query the firm details we hold, please call +44 (0)1908 546 302 or email renewalqueries@icaew.com.

For any queries relating to your firm or an application on behalf of your firm, please quote your firm number (starting with C0), Your firm number covers any registrations that you have with us.

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