Planning - who does what?

Find out what is dealt with by us, the district and borough councils, and the South Downs National Park Authority.

Responsibility for planning is split between the County Council, district and borough councils, and South Downs National Park Authority. You can find guidance on the planning process on the Planning Portal.

County Council

We deal with planning applications for minerals, waste and our own development, minerals and waste policy and transport planning. Follow the links to find out more, including contact details.

South Downs National Park Authority

Responsible for planning within the national park.

District and borough councils

They deal with all other planning applications: building regulations and building control; listed buildings; conservation areastree preservation orders; local planning policy; community infrastructure levy (CIL) and neighbourhood plans.

Last updated:
18 January 2022
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