Arun District Council has set up a Pre-application Advice Service with effect from 1st September 2010 which enables prospective planning applicants to address planning issues prior to submitting a formal application. This service is only for proposals that require planning permission and does not deal with the question of whether planning permission is required. To determine whether planning permission is required it is necessary to make an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness for a Proposed Use or Development (CLP) or an application of a Certificate of Lawfulness for an Existing Use or Development (CLE).
The organisation Planning Aid also offers a planning advice service where 15 minutes of planning advice are offered for free. To contact them please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 03301239244 (Local call rate from landlines and mobiles). The service operates 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.
From the 1st April 2012 the South Downs National Park will take over responsibility for all Planning Matters including pre-application advice for all properties and land that falls within the South Downs National Park boundary (see www.southdowns.gov.uk/communities/do-i-live-in-the-national-park/). Please refer to their website for further information: www.southdowns.gov.uk/planning
Please note that the application must be submitted together with the correct fee and any appropriate plans of the proposal. Please read the Pre-Application Guidance notes before submitting your request.
You can now apply and pay on-line for pre-application advice