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Planning application and pre-application

A standard application form called 1APP is used for all planning applications (except minerals) in England. The 1APP form is the only legal way to apply for planning permission (except minerals) in England.

Before submitting an application, you should familiarise yourself with our Development Plan. This is the most important factor in deciding whether planning permission should be granted or refused.

Government guidance

Information about planning applications and the planning application system is available from the websites,

All planning applications for extensions and alterations need to be supported by a design and access statement. See the Planning Portal website for more information about design and access statements.

Pre-application advice

The County Planning Authority welcomes and encourages discussions on the merits of a proposal before a planning application is submitted. This is referred to as “pre-application advice”. This advice gives you a better idea about the prospects of an application being successful as well as issues that will need to be considered when developing your proposal. Please see the pre-application advice webpage for more information.

Making an application

For waste development, you can apply online or by post.

There are additional requirements for minerals and County Council development applications, see sections below.

Applying online

Applications are made via the Planning Portal website.

Applying by post

All the 1APP application forms and guidance notes you need to make a planning application can be downloaded from the Planning Portal using the links below.

Choose the right form for the type of planning application you wish to make. If you are not sure which form you need, contact Planning Development Control.

Personal and sensitive data

New applications, including forms, plans and supplementary documents, are published in full on this website.

Please indicate if your application contains personal or sensitive information that you do not wish to be made public and we will consider your request.

The applicant’s name and address forms part of the Statutory Planning Register and must appear on the website. We will make every effort to remove personal details such as telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures prior to applications being published.

More about personal data in planning applications.

Minerals development

Minerals applications cannot be submitted using the online 1APP form. For minerals-related applications, complete the:

Please note: we know the files on this page might not be suitable for users of assistive technology. 

If you use a screen reader or other assistive technology, please contact the Planning Policy and Development Management Team and we will try to help.

County Council development

Applications for County Council development can be submitted via the Planning Portal website or by submitting both:

Local Validation Requirements

Application forms and guidance notes

PDF application forms and guidance notes on the Planning Portal website:

Planning fees

As of 6 December 2023:

Contact us

For advice on submitting a planning application, contact 


The County Planning Authority welcomes and encourages discussions on the merits of a proposal before a formal planning application is submitted. This is referred to as “pre-application advice”. This advice gives you a better idea about the prospects of an application being successful as well as identifying potential issues that will need to be considered when developing your proposals.

As of 1 July 2017 the County Council charge for such advice. The fees paid for pre-application advice are in addition to the fees payable for the submission of planning applications and the chargeable monitoring of mineral and landfill sites.

Pre-application advice and charges

Please note: we know the files below might not be suitable for users of assistive technology. 

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The pre-application Planning Advice Guidance document [627.3 KB] [pdf], sets out the benefits of seeking planning advice on application proposals for Minerals, Waste and Regulation 3 development (i.e. County own development including Schools and Libraries) prior to the formal submission of an application, and arrangements for the provision of such advice including fee scales and exemptions.

Please Note: There are currently no charges for pre-application advice for Regulation 3 development proposals. However, those who wish to obtain guidance on whether planning permission is required or formal pre-application advice will need to complete the relevant forms as provided below.

The charging schedule is also set out in the table below:
Scale of Development Level of Service Fee
Do I need Planning Permission (DINPP) enquiry (including local validation requirements) Written response to a completed DINPP Pro-Forma Free
Minor Proposals are any proposal that involves:  minerals and or waste development on a site less than 0.5ha; building or buildings less than 1,000m2; variation of condition (section 73 application) for development involving any of the above;  details pursuant (Article 27) submissions.
  • Site Visit*
  • Officer Meeting*
  • Written Advice
£264 plus VAT**
Minor Proposals Further Officer Meetings £110 plus VAT** (per meeting)
Major Proposals are any proposal that involves: exploration, appraisal and production of hydrocarbons; minerals and or waste development on a site in excess of 0.5ha; buildings or building for use in excess of 1,000 m2;  variation of condition (section 73 application) for development involving any of the above
  • Site Visit*
  • Officer Meeting*
  • Written Advice
£935 plus VAT**
Major Proposals  Further Officer Meetings £110 plus VAT** (per meeting)
Planning Performance Agreements (PPAs) Fees for PPAs will be dependent on the scale and nature of the proposal and will be agreed in advance with prospective applicants (see Section 7).

*The fee will not be reduced where a site visit or meeting is not necessary as they are considered proportionate to the overall amount of time an officer is likely to spend on each request.

**VAT is charged on pre-application advice fees because the provision of the pre-application service is discretionary rather than a statutory duty. VAT will be charged at the current rate.

How do I obtain advice?

Prospective applicants seeking advice are required to complete one of the following forms, depending on the level of service required.

This form sets out the information that is required to be able to determine whether a proposed development requires planning permission. A completed form and supporting documents will need to be submitted before any written advice is given.

This form sets out the information that is required to enable a pre-application advice service to be provided on minor or major proposals for waste or minerals development as set out in the table above. A fully completed form, the required fee and supporting documents make a valid request and will need to be submitted before any written advice is given.

This form sets out the information that is required to enable pre-application advice to be provided on the County Council’s own development (Regulation 3) including Schools and Libraries. A fully completed form and supporting documents make a valid request and will need to be submitted before any written advice is provided.

Sending your completed form

Please send your completed form by email to:

  • development.control@eastsussex.gov.uk 
  • by post to:
      Planning Policy and Development Management,
      Communities,
      Economy and Transport,
      County Hall
      St Anne’s Crescent,
      East Sussex
      BN7 1UE

Payments can be made by cheque payable to East Sussex County Council or over the phone by credit or debit card on

  • Telephone: 01273 481 846