Hounslow Council


Translation and interpreting fees

Prices accurate - April 2013

If you are unsure about a charge please contact us, see below page. All prices are subject to VAT.

We group our languages based on how difficult they are to translate and interpret. We currently have three groups: Top Tier and Second Tier and Other Languages.

To find out which languages are in each tier click the 'Language tiers' link, see left of this page.

Rates for translations

Top tier languages

First 150 words - £25
Each additional word - 17p

Second tier languages

First 150 words - £25
Each additional word - 19p

Other languages

First 150 words - £24
Each additional word - 23p

Prices for other formats and services are available upon request including:

  • Large print

  • Legal and medical documents

  • Word processing

  • Checking/assessing/proof

  • Computerised layout & design work

  • Work on floppy disc / CD

Rates for face-to-face interpreting

Top tier languages

First hour - £40
Each additional half hour - £17

Second tier languages

First hour - £42
Each additional half hour - £18

Other languages

Quote on request

Additional costs

  • Short notice (within 24 hours) - 15% surcharge

  • Out of hours weekdays (5:30pm to 8:30am) and weekends - 50% surcharge

  • Public holidays - 100% surcharge

Rates for telephone interpreting

Top tier languages

First 10 minutes - £12 (minimum charge)
Each additional minute – 85p

Second tier languages

First 10 minutes - £12 (minimum charge)
Each additional minute – 90p

Other languages

Quote on request

Audio interpreting service

Quote on request

Additional costs

  • Short notice (within 24 hours) - 15% surcharge

  • Out of hours weekdays (5.30pm to 8.30am) and weekends - 50% surcharge

  • Public holidays - 100% surcharge

Rates for BSL interpreting

Sign language interpreting:

First 3 hours - £150 (minimum charge)
Each additional hour – £50

Court work (full day) - £450

Additional costs

  • Out of hours weekdays (5.30pm to 8.30am) and weekends - 50% surcharge

  • Public holidays - 100% surcharge

Other services

For tape recording:

We can arrange voiceovers, recording etc. in any language. Please contact us for a quotation.

Charges involve:

  • hiring a sound-proof studio

  • hiring recording equipment

  • fee of a technician

  • voice over editing

  • tape production

  • translations/typesetting/design for tape labels etc.

For tape transcription:

Transcription from a professionally recorded tape (please note that transcription involves repeated playing and rewinding of the tape and hence takes more time to transcribe than a usual translation).

Please note: Quote available upon request.

All charges are subject to VAT.

Further charges may apply for cancellations and short notice bookings. For more details about this please see our 'Bookings and cancellations policy' on the right side of this page, under 'Related pages'.

Contact us

Book an interpreter or to request translation of a document

Translation and Interpreting Services
Civic Centre
Lampton Road
Hounslow
TW3 4DN

You can call us during office hours on:

Tel: 020 8583 2299

Fax:  020 8583 2574

E-mail: interpreters@hounslow.gov.uk

Our offices are open from Monday to Friday  8.30am to 5.30pm.