Householder design guide
The Householder design guide has been replaced by the Cornwall Design Guide adopted in December 2021.
Please visit our dedicated design web page for further information.
Do I need planning permission?
You can make some changes to your house without planning permission. This called is "permitted development".
Find out about permitted development
The Planning Portal has a tool for householder permitted development rights. The interactive guide gives information about household projects.
Find out if you need planning permission: Do I need planning consent or building regulations form. This service:
- has a fee
- provides an informal response.
Our fees and charges document gives more information.
A lawful development certificate will give a formal response.
Householder submissions guide
The Householder submissions guide contains:
- advice on submitting a householder planning application
- details of the documents needed with an application.
Meeting the planning application requirements does not guarantee planning permission. The Planning Officer will decide each application on its own merits.
You can benefit from this guide:
- if you follow the guidance
- we will register your application as soon as possible.
Householder validation documents
The validation checking service can help register your application. This service:
- is subject to a fee
- can speed up registration.
Ecology advice for work on eaves and roofs
Householders and contractors must ensure that:
- bats and
- wild birds
are not affected. Please seek advice if you are in any doubt.
Swifts swallows and house martins
Swifts, swallows and house martins are amongst the most endearing of British breeding birds. They are not resident here all year. They arrive in Britain in the spring to breed.
Cornwall Council has produced guidance for:
- architects and
Accommodating swallows, swifts and house martinsUseful advice and information can be found at:
- Bird Law
- Bat Conservation Trust - existing buildings
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) - birds in the roof
Providing a Caravan for Ukranian family
In most cases, planning permission will be required to site a caravan for this residential use.
Whilst we appreciate the intent to help the families in need, it is important that any housing provision provides adequate;
and is safe & suitable.
It must not be;
- in an isolated location
- with limited access to support
It would be necessary to apply for a change of use of land for the siting of a caravan for residential purposes to house Ukranian family.
You can submit an application using the Planning Portal.
Find out more Make a planning application
If you would like to find out what would conditions would be acceptable before an application, you could use our pre-application advice service.
Find out Pre-application advice
Other things to consider
A licence would be required if planning permission is granted.
- Residential Park Home Site Licensing
- Caravan and Campsite Licencing (Holiday Use not Permanent Residential)
Most issues can be resolved online, it's the quickest and most convenient way to get help.Use our contact us form
- 0300 1234 151