Make a planning application


Average 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 depending on if they are front screened by a Planning Case Officer. Updated 18 November 2022.

Validation Performance 18 April 2022 to 1 May 2022 

  • Number of applications validated: 504
  • Number of applications made invalid on receipt: 291

For information on the top 10 reasons why applications are invalid on receipt please visit the make a better application page

This page tells you how to :

  • submit a planning application
  • download forms
  • make a payment and
  • where to get help and advice.

Not sure which application to submit or if one is required?

See below links for guidance:

Submit electronically

To help speed up the planning process all our applicants and agents are encouraged to submit electronically.

You can use the Planning Portal to submit and pay for your application online. 

Planning Portal

Planning Portal is a service to submit planning applications electronically. Registration is easy and you can complete your application form, upload supporting documents and pay fees online.

It should be noted that this site is not run by Cornwall Council. If you experience any difficulties with this website please contact or 0333 323 4589

Submit application via the Planning Portal

Please note:
The Planning Portal are aware there are issues which may affect Apple users on iOS 12.5.5.  A fix is currently being tested. In the meantime if you experience any issues please contact to discuss an alternative way of submitting.

If you are unable to submit electronically via the Planning Portal, please download forms and send to the following address.

Cornwall Council, Planning and Sustainable Development,
PO Box 676,
TR1 9EQ.

Please note this is a postal address and not open to the public.


For advice on what to submit with your application, please see the below documents.  Planning recommend following this guidance.  This helps avoid invalid submissions due to missing information.

For householder applications, applicants may wish to consider an accredited agent.

Please also visit our:

Privacy statement

Privacy Notices - Planning and Sustainable Development Service

Planning fees

You can view a list of fees and charges in our Fees and charges document. Further information on our fees can be found within our Planning fees and charges supplementary document. The Planning Portal Fee calculator takes you through a set of questions to help work out your planning application fee.  

Submitting via the Planning Portal? All application fees must be paid via the Planning Portal for the application to be released.

Submitting hard copy? You can pay your fee online on our website or by phone on 0300 1234 151. 

Download forms

Most application forms are available via the Planning Portal find and download paper forms page.  Only forms which are not available via the Planning Portal can be downloaded below.

Please note from 1 April 2022 planning applications which can be submitted via the Planning Portal will no longer be accepted by email.


See CIL forms

For more information on CIL please see the Community Infrastructure Levy page

New development should make contributions if located within the Zones of Influence from:

  • Plymouth and Tamar Estuaries Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area
  • Falmouth and Helford Special Area of Conservation
  • Penhale Dunes Special Area of Conservation.

Templates for Section 111 agreements:

Applications submitted after 9 August require an Appropriate Assessment.  You can find the forms using these links:

Guidance on completion of Appropriate Assessment Templates

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