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.
- Find out whether you need planning permission.
- Visit the Planning Portal to find out what it costs before applying, or to view a guide to the fees.
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 Your data
The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) requires the determination of planning applications to be a transparent public process, and, as a planning authority, we are required to provide a publicly-available register of planning application details.
So, you need to be aware that information provided to us as part of the planning process may go online.
We will only use the information for the purposes of dealing with and considering planning applications, and we will process your personal data in accordance with the County Council’s data protection policy.
For further details see our privacy notice for planning applications.
3 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: email@example.com.
Request advice on highways issues
To request advice on highways issues associated with any proposed development, visit Pre-application advice for roads and transport.
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:
- National requirements are available on the Planning Portal
- Local list for the validation of planning applications (PDF, 174KB)
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 applicationsApply online on the Planning Portal (external link)
Apply by post:
Extraction of minerals applications
Apply by post:
- Guidance notes (PDF, 131KB)
- Application form and certificates (PDF, 802KB)
- Supplementary information forms (PDF, 48KB)
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.'
Pay application fees
You can pay the fees either online or by cheque.
To pay online, go to Online payments, select 'Miscellaneous', 'Planning' and then 'Planning application fees including discharge'.
Make cheques payable to West Sussex County Council and send to the address below.
6 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.
7 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.