Validation updates

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

Cornwall Council's Planning Application Local Validation List

Our current Local Validation List is available at Validation Guide 2019

Covid impacts on submission and validation

Hard copies

We need to process electronically as much as possible.  This is to reduce risks to staff and customers.  The Council has also declared a climate emergency.  If you have submitted a hard copy application a Validation Officer may ask you for an email address to use on a temporary basis.  If you are an agent who doesn’t usually accept email but can on a temporary basis, please get in touch by emailing

Submitting information

We understand that it may take longer for you to provide:

  • additional or
  • revised information.  

We will stop returning applications after the 21 days if the information requested is not received.  Additional/revised information should be emailed to Applications can also be amended via the Planning Portal. If you choose this option, please notify us by emailing

Please submit Environmental Statements electronically. They will be published on the Council’s website.  Applicants should also make copies publicly available.  This must be:

  • either free of charge or
  • at a reasonable cost. 

Reasonable costs means it includes printing and distribution costs which are not part of the Council’s procedures. 

Interested parties can check the online planning register for details.  They should then contact the applicant or agent direct to arrange to view.  EIA applications can contain a large number of documents which may be difficult to share electronically.  If you are submitting an EIA application, please contact for advice on how best to proceed.

You may have a planning condition asking for a sample of material.  Samples of materials for applications should not be sent to the Council.  You can submit:

  • photographs
  • brochures
  • weblinks or
  • detailed product specifications.

These should provide sufficient detail for assessment by officers.  If an actual sample is needed, your case officer will contact you to arrange how they wish to view it.


If you have submitted your planning application via the Planning Portal, please pay the Planning Portal direct.  If you submit an application by email to Cornwall Council, please pay online.

You can pay:

  • Planning applications fees and
  • other fees

by phone by calling 0300 1234 151.  If you pay by phone, please email to advise that you have paid to help reduce delays.

Contact us

You should contact:

  • the validation officer listed on correspondence if you have a question about a specific application that has been submitted,
  • our General Enquiries team on if you have a general question about the submission and validation process.

We are receiving more general planning enquiries.  This has caused some delays with validating applications.  We publish our current validation times.

Increase in fees for discretionary planning products and services

Please note that discretionary fees increased on 1 January 2021.  Most fees increased by 4%. Some increased by more than that amount on a cost recovery basis. We propose to set prices at just below the average compared to other authorities.  Please see our Planning Fees page for more information.

New fee for hard copy planning applications

Cornwall Council has declared a climate emergency.  We need to increase electronic working to support this.  There is now a charge for handling planning applications and associated documents submitted on paper.  This is on a cost-recovery basis. 

Paper planning applications should be submitted to:

Cornwall Council Planning, PO Box 676, Threemilestone, Truro TR1 9EQ

The charge per hard copy planning application will be:

  • £100 for major applications
  • £50 for General and Other applications

This charge will be in addition to any planning application fee.

This only applies to statutory application types.  You may wish to consider submitting online via the Planning Portal or emailing us direct at

Invalid planning application charge

To reduce the costs associated with administering planning applications we encourage quality submissions.  From 1 April 2021, there will be a charge. This is to recover the costs of handling invalid planning applications.

If customers fail to provide the missing information we will:

  • close the application; and
  • return the fee minus 10%.

Should the information be provided and the application remains invalid. The service will charge the below fees for more checks:

  • £60 inc VAT - Householder and other
  • £120 inc VAT - Minor
  • £250 inc VAT - Major

Applicants/agents could pay for the validation checking service.  This will ensure the correct information is submitted first time.

New validation requirements for Class Q

Class Qs need more information to be submitted at validation:

  • Completed form or a written description of the proposed development.  This must include any building or other operations.
  • A plan showing the site and proposed development
  • If Class M N O P PA or Q, a statement specifying the net increase in dwelling houses proposed
  • If Class Q, a statement which sets out:
    • the number of smaller dwelling houses proposed
    • the number of larger dwelling houses proposed
    • whether previous development has taken place under Class Q in the established agricultural unit. If so, the number of smaller and larger dwelling houses developed under Class Q.
  • If Class M N O PA or Q, a floor plan showing:
    • the dimensions and proposed use of each room
    • the position and dimensions of windows and walls
    • the elevations of the dwelling house
  • Contact details for the applicant/agent
  • A site-specific flood risk assessment in an area within:
    • Flood Zone 2 or Flood Zone 3 
    • Flood Zone 1 which has critical drainage problems
  • the correct fee.

'Do not scale'

Cornwall Council do not accept plans with the wording ‘do not scale’.  Please remove from any submitted plans.  We understand that this note is for construction etc. Please note it is a national requirement that plans are to scale.  Planning must be able to scale from the plans.

You could use 'do not scale for construction purposes'.  This will make it clear plans can be scaled from for planning purposes.

Planning Portal - Important information about planning fees

Please make sure that you pay the Planning Portal directly and not Cornwall Council. Without this payment the Planning Portal will not release your planning application to the Council.  Cornwall Council is unable to transfer payments onto the Planning Portal. The Council must refund the original payee which will delay your application.

The Planning Portal is a separate private company.  Should you have any queries please email

Accredited agents householder fast track scheme available Countywide

The Accredited Agents Scheme is available for householder developments across Cornwall.  Find out more about the scheme on our Accredited Agents webpage.

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