Planning applications and enforcement
Please note that we will be introducing charges for pre-application advice on planning applications in due course. Further details will be available soon.
Most development must have planning permission before new building starts or before a new use of land or building occurs. We only deal with planning applications in East Sussex, outside of the South Downs National Park, for:
- waste (such as landfill sites or waste water treatment works)
- minerals (such as chalk, gravel and sand extraction or mining)
- our own development (such as schools or roads).
For all other types of development or development within the South Downs National Park, contact your local district or borough council or the South Downs National Park Authority:
- Eastbourne Borough Council – Planning
- Hastings Borough Council – Planning
- Lewes District Council – Planning and building control
- Rother District Council – Planning and building control
- Wealden District Council – Planning and building control
- South Downs National Park Authority – Planning
If you’re not sure which district or borough council to contact, find out:
Search our Planning Register for details of minerals and waste, or council planning applications and enforcement notices. Submit comments about applications to us, online.
All the information and documents you need to make a planning application for a waste or minerals development.
How you can find out more about a planning application and send us your comments.
About the service we aim to provide if you apply for planning permission, comment on an application or notify us about a breach of planning control.
Information about special considerations or designations that may decide whether a piece of land can be developed.
How we monitor whether conditions are being met on sites that have planning permission.
About our enforcement powers, the tools we use to deal with breaches of planning control and how to report a potential breach.