Responsibility for planning in West Sussex is split between the County Council, the district and borough councils, and the South Downs National Park Authority.
Responsibility for planning in West Sussex is split between the county council, the district and borough councils, and the South Downs National Park Authority. Find out more about who does what.
Find out about the planning application process and submit or search applications online.
Find out about planning carried out by district and borough councils in West Sussex, including local development frameworks, local plans, development control, and building regulations.
Development control is the process that regulates the development and use of land, involving the granting or refusing of applications for planning permission by the county council or the district and borough councils.
Our main role is to make provision for future mineral extraction and waste management and disposal activities with the least possible damage and disruption to local communities and the environment.
The government provides guidance about the planning system and how it works. This includes how to prepare policy documents and deal with planning applications. Find out about national and local planning policies, neighbourhood planning, and local plans.
We monitor the availability of residential, commercial, industrial, and leisure land across West Sussex. View development statistics and access other planning related facts and figures.
The Planning Portal has a glossary of planning and land-use terms and links to useful websites
Contact details for Strategic Planning, which is responsible for many planning related matters in West Sussex.