Make a planning application

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

Please note validation staff are working on a backlog of applications due to an increase in the number of applications received. 

We are working hard to reduce the backlog as soon as possible. 

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. Updated 19 September 2021.

Validation Performance 23 August 2021 to 5 September 2021
  • Number of applications validated: 281
  • Number of applications made invalid on receipt: 232

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

Forms can also be downloaded  below and emailed to  

Please provide plans (A3 in size prefered) as a pdf, no larger than 5MB each. Please include the type of drawing, site name, and paper size in your file titles. If you are submitting a major application, you may be asked to provide extra paper copies or the information on a disk.

We can accept submissions on CD and DVD.  Unfortunately we are unable to accept submissions in any other electronic formats such as USB devices.


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.

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

Information regarding the validation checking service can be found here. This can help speed up the validation of your application. Your application will be checked against national and local requirements. This will be followed up with a discussion of missing requirements. This service is by appointment only.

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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 via email or hard copy? You can pay your fee online on our website, by phone on 0300 1234 151, via the Planning Portal. 

Download forms

Most application forms are available via the Planning Portal find and download paper forms page.  

There are some forms which are not available via the Planning Portal which can be downloaded below.

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:

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