The easiest way to apply for planning permission is through the Planning Portal.

Apply for planning permission

Paper forms are also available for download.

Download planning application forms

Download planning application forms (prior approval)

Do I need to apply for planning permission?

Not all work will require planning permission. Check on the interactive guide on the Planning Portal to see what does and doesn't need planning permission. If your property is a listed building you must also apply for listed building consent. Planning permission may also be needed if your property lies within a Conservation area.

Check to see if you need planning permission

The Planning Department provide informal advice on whether planning permission is required for the fee of £97. 

 

Pre-application advice

If you would like planning advice from the council, we now offer a range of services. These include;

  • Speaking to a member of the team in reception as part of the 'Duty Planner Service' ,

  • Booking a meeting to speak to a planner to discuss an initial proposal as part of the 'Planning Surgery',

  • Written advice on a range of projects including householder alterations, adverts, new dwellings and commercial proposals

  • Advice on listed buildings in writing and in person

  • Find out about pre-application advice

Permitted development

It is possible to make various types of minor changes to your house, without having to apply for planning permission. These changes are called, permitted development rights. Guidance on rules that relate to permitted development are found on the Planning Portal.

Find out about permitted development

Planning fees

Is the application site within South Downs National Park?

South Downs National Park Authority - Do I live in the national park?

For planning application sites falling within the Chichester Planning Authority Area

Please make fee payments via the Planning payments page or, by calling the council's Customers Services team on 01243 534734. For fee advice visit the Planning Portal fee guide .

For planning application sites falling within the South Downs National Park Planning Authority Area

Please make fee payments via the SDNP Planning payments page or, by calling the council's Customers Services team on 01243 534734. For fee advice visit the Planning Portal fee guide .

What to do if you don't need planning permission

You can apply for a certificate which is a legally binding document that protects all parties and can be relied upon when conducting property searches. There are 2 types of certificates:

  • Apply for a lawful development certificate (Proposed) - this will confirm whether or not your proposal requires planning permission.
  • Apply for lawful development certificate (Existing)  - this will confirm  whether or not planning permission was required for work which has taken place.

Apply for a lawful development certificate

View planning constraints and applications in your local area

You can view planning constraints and applications, by using our interactive web mapping system.

View planning applications in your area

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Chichester District Council implemented its Community Infrastructure Levy on the 1 February 2016. An explanation of the CIL process and the relevant forms can be found on the Planning Portal Community Infrastructure Levy. It is recommended that applicants refer to this page prior to making a planning application for development.