Applying for Planning Permission

Submitting an application

If you wish to submit an application online please use the Planning Portal website. Applications will be automatically submitted to the local authority dealing with applications in your area.

Up to 4000 planning applications are likely to be submitted within the South Downs National Park every year. The vast majority (around 90%) of planning applications, are dealt with by Local Planning Authorities working inside the SDNPA boundaries, under a legal agreement, signed between each Local Authority and the SDNPA. For advice about submitting an application in the following areas please contact your local planning authority using the links below:

Within the areas listed above the SDNPA will also identify 'significant' applications which could potentially generate particular, special or major issues for the National Park and which will then be ‘called in’ to be dealt with by the SDNPA. If your application has been registered by one of the local authorities listed above and is subsequently called in you will be notified and sent details of the SDNPA case officer. For more information see our called in applications page

Information and guidance is available to help understand what significant development may involve. The information is available to download - Guidelines on Significance

From 1 April 2012 applications in the four other local authorities:

  • Arun,
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Eastbourne
  • Wealden
  • Minerals and Waste Applications in the part of the SDNP in West Sussex (These should be made using the Minerals & Waste Application Form)

should be made directly to the SDNPA. For further advice please see our frequently asked questions.