Planning Agents' Area

This area of the website has been developed to provide Planning Agents who regularly submit planning applications to Cornwall Council information from the Planning and Sustainable Development Service. If you think anything is missing or have any feedback please email


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Current number of working days to validate general and householder planning applications



The number of days quoted is indicative of when most applications are validated, some applications may be processed earlier or later.

Bookings are now being taken for the next Agents Forum in Bodmin.  The proposed agenda and more details for the morning are available.  If you would like to book your place, please contact Nicola Phillips at

From 6th April 2018 The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2018 came into force.

The most notable change for validation is that for new agricultural buildings submitted under a Prior Approval Notification the permitted development size of the building has increased from 465 sq m to upto 1000 sq m; and for extensions under Prior Approval there has been an increase in the cubic content from a maximum of 10% to 20%.

There are also some changes to Class Q Developments.  Information regarding these Class Q changes is to be provided soon, but in the meantime the above link will take you to the 2018 Order should you wish to see what the changes are.

The Planning and Sustainable Development Services Fees and Charges document sets out the planning fees which apply from 1 April 2018.

A decision has been made to increase discretionary planning fees (see pages 8 – 21 and page 41 to 42 of the above document) by approximately 5%  with effect from 1 April, 2018 (please note that the increase does not apply to Statutory Planning application charges). 

The Planning and Sustainable Development Service offers an optional Validation Checking Service subject to a fee. We currently receive a high volume of planning applications that do not meet the local and national validation requirements and our intention is to reduce this amount and help speed up the process for our customers. Please see the Validation Checking Service page for details including fees and how to access the service.

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