Planning Applications

Until further notice due to the Coronavirus we are unable to accept PAPER planning applications, comments on planning applications, compliance complaints or forms relating to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) as all staff are now working from home. Planning applications must be made electronically via the planning portal . Comments on planning applications must be made on the online by searching for the application on the website and entering a comment , compliance complaints must be made on the online form and the submission of CIL forms (with the exception of CIL Form 1 which must be submitted with the planning application itself) must be sent to

There is currently no change to the Council’s scheme of delegation and some applications will still need to be determined at a Committee meeting. The Council has recently adopted new procedures in line with the Coronavirus Act 2020 to allow for Planning Committees to be  held ‘virtually’. The Government sent a letter to local councils recently, which is attached here: Chief Planners Newsletter - March 2020.pdf [pdf] 135KB .

We will not issue any delegated officer decision to approve a major application or a minor application where there are a significant number of objections and the Parish/Town Council have not had the opportunity to comment because of the Covid 19 Pandemic until consultation has been carried out with the Chairman of the Planning Committee and Portfolio Holder for Planning to confirm that they are in agreement that a decision can be issued.


Local planning applications finder

We now have a tool which lets you find recent planning applications near any property in the Arun district. The service is available below. Please note that the planning finder may not show a complete list as there will always be a delay between the application being received and it being accepted as a valid planning application and plotted onto the mapping layer. You must always check the published planning weekly lists on our web site or in the West Sussex Gazette. Arun District Council makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information held on this planning finder but cannot accept responsibility for and disclaims all responsibility for any loss or damage which may arise from the use of the information provided. No responsibility will be taken for any errors or omissions in the planning history information obtained by customers carrying out their own research on the Arun District Council website. Any actions taken as a result of information displayed on the site are undertaken entirely at the viewer’s own risk.
If you require definitive information, customers are always encouraged to carry out a Local Land Charges Search. For further information on Land Charges go to