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Planning fees

Increase in Fees for discretionary products and services

Please note from the 1 January 2021.  The fees for our discretionary products and services have increased.  The majority of our discretionary fees have increased by 4%. But certain products may have increased more, due to a cost recovery basis.

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These prices have been set below the national average, as charged by other Authorities for similar products/services.

Please see our Planning and Sustainable Development Service Fees and Charges Document.  For a list of all planning fees and charges.  Including fees for pre-application advice, validation checking and land charges.

If you would like clarification on how we calculate planning fees.  Please see our Planning Fees and Charges Supplementary Document.

We offer a range of services which answer frequently asked questions.

Services include:

  • Confirmation of use class
  • Confirmation of planning restrictions such as occupancy/use restrictions
  • Confirmation of compliance with planning conditions
  • What is a material start?

For more information on the services we provide.  Please see pages 9-11 of the Planning and Sustainable Development Fees and Charges Document.

If you would like to take advantage of one of these services.  Please complete and return an Additional Service Application Form

Pay for your planning application online

You can also pay:

By phone (credit/debit card)

Telephone 0300 1234 151. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

The telephone automated service can only be used when the planning reference is known e.g. PA20/01234.  As it requires a 10-digit pin.  The pin in this example would be entered as follows **20*01234.  If you are paying for a pre-application service where the reference number has the PREAPP suffix.  The suffix should be removed and entered in the same way as indicated above.

By BACS or bank transfer

Telephone 0300 1234 151 to get our BACS details to make a payment. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

By cheque 

Please note that as of 1 January 2019 we will no longer accept cheques as payment for planning applications. Please use our online payment or card payment systems. You can call us on 0300 1234 151 if you need help with a payment.

If you submit an application via the Planning Portal.  Any fees due must be paid to the Planning Portal, not Cornwall Council.

Without this payment, the Portal will not release your application to the Council.  And we are unable to transfer any payments which may have been made to us in error.  Any payments received in error will be refunded, which could delay your application.  

If you have any queries about this.  Or any other issues with regard to the Planning Portal payment system.  Please contact the Portal direct on 0333 323 4589 or

Please note that the Planning Portal is a private company and is not run by Cornwall Council.

The Planning Portal Fee Calculator is a useful tool.  it will help you work out the cost of your planning application, by asking a series of questions.

For more information on the charges for works under Building Regulations.  Please see our Building Control Charges page.