Planning fees

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

Increase in fees for discretionary products and services

Please note fees for our discretionary products and services increased on 1 January 2021 and:

  • most discretionary fees increased by 4%
  • some were higher but calculated on a cost recovery basis.

They are below the national average as charged by other Authorities for similar products/services.

A list of all planning fees and charges is contained in our Planning and Sustainable Development Service Fees and Charges Document.  This includes fees for:

  • pre-application advice
  • validation checking and
  • land charges.

Our Planning Fees and Charges Supplementary Document sets out how we calculate planning fees.

Additional services

Our services can provide answers to common questions and 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?

Pages 9-11 of the Planning and Sustainable Development Fees and Charges Document sets out our full range of additional services.  To use a service, please complete and return an Additional Service Application Form

Ways to pay

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

To use the telephone automated service, please note:

  • you need to know the planning reference eg PA20/01234
  • a 10-digit PIN will be required
  • the pin in this example would be entered as follows **20*01234
  • for a pre-application service where the reference number has the PREAPP suffix, please remove PREAPP and enter the number 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 we 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.

Planning Portal applications

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

Please note that without this payment:

  • the Portal will not release your application to the Council
  • 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 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.

Online fee calculator

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.

Find out more about planning charges 

Full details of planning charges can be accessed on this link:

Building control charges

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

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