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Planning fees

Increase in the Planning and Sustainable Development Service' Fees for discretionary products and services

Please note that the Planning and Sustainable Development Service’ fees for discretionary products and services will increase on 1 January, 2021.  The majority of our discretionary fees will increase by 4%. However certain products may increase by more than that amount on a cost recovery basis. We propose to set prices at just below the average levied for similar products and services by other authorities across the country.

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A list of planning fees and charges are available in our Planning and Sustainable Development Service Fees and Charges Document and include fees for pre-application advice, validation checking and land charges.

If you would like clarification on how our planning fees are calculated, this is available in our Planning Fees and Charges Supplementary Document.

Did you know we offer a range of services which answer frequently asked questions and help you get information or assitance quickly?

Services include:

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

The above and other services we offer can be found on 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 the 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 should only be used where 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 omitted and entered in the same way as indicated above.

By BACS or bank transfer

Telephone 0300 1234 151 to obtain the 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 assistance with payments.

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 the application to the Council. Due to financial restrictions we are unable to transfer payments onto the Planning Portal and must refund the original payee, which will delay your application.

If you have any queries about this, or any other issues with regards 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 that helps you work out the cost of your planning application by asking you a series of questions.

Full details of planning charges are given in the: The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

For applications subject to a planning performance agreement, fees will be separately negotiated.

You can find out about the charges for building regulation work on the Building Control Charges page including fixed charges for domestic and non domestic work and how these charges can be paid.