Last updated:
19 September 2017

Make a planning application

Guidance on submitting a planning application.

1 Overview

We deal with applications for:

  • the management of waste 
  • the extraction of minerals
  • the extraction of oil and gas
  • the County Council’s own development (Regulation 3), such as schools and libraries. 

For all other types of planning application, contact your district or borough council or the South Downs National Park Authority.

Before submitting an application we recommend you refer to our landscape and environment documents for advice on the landscape character and local distinctiveness.

Visit our minerals and waste policy pages to find out about the policies and plans that guide where minerals and waste developments take place.

2 Pre-application advice

Pre-application advice can help to:

  • verify local requirements
  • reduce the likelihood of submitting invalid applications
  • help you understand how planning policies and other requirements affect your proposals.

Request pre-application advice

We offer several levels of advice charged at different rates. The guidance document explains the types of advice offered and how much they cost.   

After reading the guidance, complete the application form and return it to us using the details at the top of the form, including the relevant supporting information and payment. 

To complete the application form, right-click the link below, select ‘Save link as…’ and select a location to save the document to your computer. You can then open your saved copy, complete it and then save and return the form as instructed.

Pre-application advice application form

Request environment and heritage advice

Our Environment and Heritage Team provides a chargeable advice service on matters such as landscape, ecology and archaeology.

The advice will assist:

  • statutory undertakers when undertaking works that may impact on the natural or historic environment
  • developers of major planning applications where they impact on a key or sensitive site.

For more information, email: environment.heritage@westsussex.gov.uk.

Request advice on highways issues

To request advice on highways issues associated with any proposed development, visit Pre-application advice for roads and transport.

3 Validation

Before we can register your application, we have to make sure that it contains all the information required to make a decision. This is called validation.

You must provide documents that meet national and local requirements:

4 Apply

We always recommend that you apply online, where possible, but if you wish to apply by post use the relevant forms below.  

Waste and County Council applications  

Apply online on the Planning Portal (external link)

 Apply by post: 

Extraction of minerals applications

 Apply by post:  

 Extraction of oil and gas applications 

The application form and guidance notes are listed under the section 'Consent types not available through the online system and paper form chooser.'

5 What happens after you have submitted an application

For valid applications we will:

  • validate and register it within 3 working days - larger or more complex proposals may take longer
  • confirm registration in writing within 2 working days of registration and provide the contact details for a planning officer, application reference and fee receipt.

For invalid applications we will:

  • clarify what additional information or fee is needed for validation
  • allow you up to 14 days to provide the additional information or fee, and if more time is needed an additional 14 days will be given if you request this in writing
  • return incomplete applications if we receive no response.

When processing applications we will:

  • consult on and advertise the application and consider the responses received
  • take into account any other relevant comments, including those submitted on behalf of the applicant or by third parties
  • take into account relevant government, regional, county or local policy, legislation, standards, advice and guidance
  • visit the site and assess the application, taking into account its possible effect on the local area.

Find out how we consult on and publicise planning applications in our Statement of Community Involvement.

6 Decisions and appeals

A decision is made by either a planning officer or the Planning Committee. We will then:

  • issue the decision notice and send it to the applicant or agent, usually within 3 working days of the decision date
  • make sure the decision notice includes all relevant information, including any planning conditions imposed or reasons for refusal
  • inform all third parties who submitted comments of the final decision within 7 working days of the decision date.

Information on how to appeal a decision is available on the Planning Portal.

7 Contact us

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