Planning Reception


Planning & Building Control Reception is situated on the ground floor of the Arun Civic Centre in Littlehampton. The desk is open Monday to Friday 8.45 to 1pm, and a Planning Duty Officer service is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday  between 9 and 12. A full range of planning and building control application forms and advice leaflets are available in the reception area.

It is also possible to view a wide range of documentation including: 

  • The Application Registers.
  • Planning applications since 1948 - the most recent files are viewable on the public access computer but older files are on microfiche. Please note that you cannot view the working copy of the planning application if the case officer is actually working on the file.
  • Documents on deposit such as Highway Stopping up Orders and Diversions of Public Footpaths.
  • Consultation documents relating to Highway Improvements. 
  • West Sussex County Council's Definitive Public Rights of Way Maps.
  • Department of the Environment's List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest ie. description of Listed Buildings in the district.
  • 2003 Arun District Local Plan and associated documents.
  • West Sussex County Council documentation relating to planning issues ie. The Structure Plan.
  • Development Control Committee Agendas.
  • Ordnance Survey/Land Classification maps (please be aware that the paper versions of the ordnance survey maps may not be up to date)
  • All planning and building control information is held at the Civic Centre in Littlehampton but it may be possible to view some items at the reception area at Bognor Town Hall (Please ring to check)

It may also be possible to purchase copies of some documentation depending on data protection and copyright issues.

Any documentation that is available on our website can be printed at your home at no cost. This includes  application information  submitted after November 2005, general site histories and letters of representation since 2012. Unfortunately, due to restrictions on time and budgets, we are no longer able to provide a postal service for copy planning documents and personal callers are limited to purchasing documents which are not available to view on the website. Records not available on the website are held on microfiche and we ask customers to identify the  application they wish to view and view the records on the microfiche reader located in the reception area. It is available on a first come first serve basis. Once they have found the information they want they can print the document. If you know the  reference numbers of the documents you wish to view please let us know prior to your visit so that we can  try to have the microfiches ready for you to look at. We are not able to provide copies of letters of representation.

We can print up to a maximum size of A3 (including plans) and all copies are charged at 10p per sheet, although we won’t charge you if the total comes to less than £1.00.

Section 106 agreements and Tree Preservation Orders are held in our secure deed store and arrangements need to be made to access them. If you require copies of these documents, please let us know in advance of your visit.

If you are making a long journey to come in and view the records, please contact us beforehand so we can ensure the information will be available otherwise you may have a wasted journey

Where it is not possible to carry out an online search, for example on large areas of land, customers should purchase a Local  land charges search and request further documents following that. Requests must be made in writing, quoting the original search number. Charges will apply in accordance with the land charges fees table.