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Planning

In West Sussex responsibility for planning is split between the County Council, District and Borough councils, and the South Downs National Park Authority.

As a County Council, our responsibilities include:

  • planning applications for minerals, waste and our own development;
  • minerals and waste policy, which includes the Waste Local Plan and the Minerals Local Plan;
  • transport policy;
  • road agreements (Section 38 and Section 278);
  • Local Land Charges, which are searches carried out when property or land is valued, purchased or leased; and
  • development control for roads, which includes providing advice on road and transport issues associated with proposed development.

For more information on how to find, comment on and/or submit a planning application please click here.


The District and Borough councils’ responsibilities include:

  • all other planning applications
  • building control
  • conservation areas
  • listed buildings
  • Local Plans.


For further information, visit their websites:



The South Downs National Park Authority is responsible for planning in the National Park.



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