District councils deal with most planning applications but certain types are dealt with by us. From 1 April 2014, the County Council no longer deals with planning applications (or related enquiries) for the South Downs National Park Authority.
Search and view planning applications, submit comments or object to current applications, and find out what decisions were made.
Submit applications for minerals and waste development and for our own development under Regulation 3. Find out how to submit other types of application and those in the South Downs National Park.
Before starting any building work, you will need to check with your local district council as to whether you will need building regulations approval.
Getting pre-application advice can improve the quality of your application, identify issues central to the development, and make the application more likely to be validated quickly. Ultimately, the discussions improve the timescale in which applications are determined and their chance of success.
Planning conditions are often applied to the grant of planning permission, limiting and controlling the way that it may be implemented. Find out how to apply for the discharge of conditions, to get confirmation of compliance of conditions, or to remove or vary conditions.
The County Council has a duty to control development associated with mineral extraction and processing, the management of waste, and the County Council's own development. This section provides a general overview of compliance and enforcement and the principles that guide the County Council's work.
Fracking is a process sometimes used in drilling for oil and natural gas. Find out more about fracking, why it is an issue, how it is regulated, the local issues, and its future.
A Local Authority search also known as a Local Land Charges search is a two-part search carried out when property or land is valued, purchased or leased. It establishes whether the property or land is affected by matters such as conditional planning consents, tree preservation orders, listed building status, public highways, road schemes, public rights of way, and common land.