(a) General Requirement. Every
petition shall be accompanied by the filing fee except as provided
of this rule. For the purpose of this rule, "filing fee" means the filing
fee prescribed by 28 U.S.C. § 1930(a)(1)-(a)(5)
and any other fee prescribed by the Judicial Conference of the United
States under 28 U.S.C. § 1930(b)
that is payable to the
clerk upon the
commencement of a case under the
(b) Payment of Filing Fee in Installments.
(1) Application to Pay Filing Fee in Installments.
petition by an individual shall be accepted for filing if accompanied
debtor's signed application, prepared as prescribed by the appropriate
Official Form, stating that the
debtor is unable to pay the filing fee except in installments.
(2) Action on Application. Prior to the
court may order the filing fee paid to the
clerk or grant
leave to pay in installments and fix the number, amount and dates of
payment. The number of installments shall not exceed four, and the final
installment shall be payable not later than 120 days after filing the
petition. For cause shown, the
court may extend
the time of any installment, provided the last installment is paid not
later than 180 days after filing the
(3) Postponement of Attorney's Fees. All installments of the
filing fee must be paid in full before the
debtor or chapter
may make further payments to an attorney or any other
person who renders services to the
debtor in connection with the case.
(c) Waiver of Filing Fee. A voluntary chapter
petition filed by an individual shall be accepted for filing, if
accompanied by the debtor's application requesting a waiver under 28 U.S.C. § 1930(f), prepared as prescribed by the appropriate Official Form.
(Amended Mar. 30, 1987, eff. Aug. 1, 1987; Apr. 23, 1996, eff.
Dec. 1, 1996; Aug. 22, 2005 (interim rules),
eff. Oct. 17, 2005; April 23, 2008, eff. Dec. 1, 2008.)