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Submit planning application, Fees and Forms

Before submitting your application please ensure you have read the information about do I need planning permission.

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Submit planning application

There are different forms depending on the type of application you are making and you may need to complete more than one, we encourage you to submit your applications on-line using the Planning Portal (the UK Government's online planning and building regulations service) wherever possible.

Applications online

The Portal enables you to:

  • Identify the correct form and to complete the planning application form on-line
  • Make your payment and attach your drawings
  • Buy site maps on-line, and
  • Calculate the planning fee using the on-line fee calculator
  • Pay for your application online if you choose

You can choose to send the application online, or print your application to post to us.

If you make an online planning application and don't supply drawings and other appropriate documents at the time of submission, you will need to bring or send them to us.

Applications by post / paper

If you are unable or prefer not to use the Planning Portal to submit your application, you can download the most frequently used forms and notes.

These forms are not interactive and you will need to print them out in order to fill them in.

They can then be posted to us together with drawings and other appropriate documents.

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Fees and How to pay

Most applications will require a fee. You can calculate the fee for your application on the Planning Portal:

Payments can be made by cheque or by phoning the Planning section Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm to pay by debit or credit card. We can accept:

Maestro, Mastercard, Visa Electron, Visa Debit and Visa cards accepted

Alternatively, please make cheques payable to Adur District Council for applications that fall within the Adur area or Worthing Borough Council for applications that are in the Worthing area.

For applications that fall within the South Downs National Park please make cheques payable to SDNPA.

If you submit your planning application online via the Planning Portal, payment can be made at the time of submitting your application

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Application form, drawings and appropriate documents

For most applications we require 3 sets of the completed application form, drawings and appropriate documents. We have produced guides which explain what you need to supply with each application.

If you did not supply them with the online application, or have made a paper application you will need to bring or send them to us:

  • A site location plan to a scale of 1:1250 with the curtilage (boundary) of the site edged in red. Any adjoining land that you own should be outlined in blue
  • A block plan to a scale of 1:200 or 1:500 showing the location of the proposed work
  • Existing and proposed elevations to a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 showing all sides of the proposal
  • Existing and proposed floor plans to a scale of 1:50 or 1:100
  • Existing and proposed site sections showing finished floor and site levels (1:50 or 1:100) if the site is not level or the proposed extension seeks to alter existing finished floor or site levels
  • Existing and proposed roof plan if the development is attached or changes the existing roof structure, at a scale of 1:200 or 1:100. Alternatively, for less complicated proposals you can include the roof plan on the 1:500 or 1:200 block plan
  • You may submit manufactures' brochures for conservatories and garages and photos to illustrate you project. These are no substitute for scaled drawings

Your application may also require:

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Local planning validation list

Each planning application form includes a check list of standard planning application requirements.  In addition, Adur & Worthing Councils has its own list of Local requirements. An application cannot be considered to be valid until it meets both the National and Local Requirements.

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Design and access statement

All applications will require a Design and Access to be brought or sent to us with your application, whether you are making an online application or by paper application, except in the following instances:

  • Householder applications (including flats) for extensions/alterations to dwellings unless they are within an, AONB, SSSI, a Listed Building, no additional units are being created or the floor space created would be less than 100m²
  • Applications solely for a material change of use (with no alterations) 
  • Applications for engineering or mining operations 
  • Applications to display advertisements 
  • Applications for works to trees subject to TPO 
  • Applications for hazardous substances consent 
  • Application to remove or vary a condition
  • Applications to extend the time limit for the implementation of an extant planning permission
  • Applications for a material change in use of the land or buildings
  • Applications for a waste development

Design and Access Statements need to explain and justify the following:

  • Use to which the development will be put 
  • The Design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development
  • Demonstrate the steps taken to appraise the context of the development and how the design of the development takes that context into account
  • Explain the policy adopted to access and how policies relating to access in relevant local development documents have been taken into account
  • State if any consultation has been undertaken on issues relating to access and what account has been taken of the outcome of any such consultation
  • Explain how any specific issues which might affect access has been addressed
  • Explain how policies relating to access in relevant local development documents have been taken into account

See also: Planning Portal - Design and access statement

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Heritage statement

The scope and degree of detail necessary in a Heritage Statement will vary accordingly to the particular circumstances of each application. Applicants are advised to discuss proposals with either a duty planning officer or the conservation officer before any application is made. The following is a guide to the sort of information that may be required.

For applications for listed building consent, a written statement that includes a schedule of works to the listed building(s), an analysis of the significance of archaeology, history and character of the building/structure, the principles of and justification for the proposed works and their impact on the special character of the listed building or structure, its setting and the setting of adjacent listed buildings may be required. A structural survey may be required in support of an application for listed building consent.

It is recommended that an applicant undertakes an HER (Heritage Environment Record) search from West Sussex County Council when:

  • The application relates to 25 Residential Units or over located outside of a Conservation Area(1) or an Historic Core Area(2); or
  • The application relates to five Residential Units or over located within a Conservation Area(1) or Historic Core Area(2).
  • The application is for a non residential development and is 0.4 ha (1 acre) or over.
    (see explanatory notes 1 & 2 below)


Please note:

  • HER searches will only be undertaken on receipt of a Planning Application Request for Information form (see above).
  • A central Grid Reference and/or a plan detailing the site boundary must be included with the form.
    • If only a central grid reference is supplied then a radial search will be undertaken.
    • If a site boundary plan is included then a buffer search of the boundary will be undertaken.
  • Even when an HER search returns no results this does not mean that there is no archaeology within the development site and there may still be the need for archaeological mitigation.
  • West Sussex County Council will not provide analysis or interpretation of the HER information.
  • For further information please see the WSCC website (detailed above) or ring Rachel Salter on 01243 382230.

Explanatory notes:

1. Details of the Conservation Areas are held on the LPA’s GIS system.

2. The Extensive Urban Survey details can be found on the Extensive Urban Surveys (EUS) of historic towns in Sussex page of the West Sussex County Council website

NB The Conservation Areas may overlap with the Historic Core Areas.

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Flood risk assessment

A flood risk assessment may be required depending on the location of the property or site and depending on whether the property sits within a flood risk area.

See also: Flood risk standing advice (FRSA) on the website

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Planning application guidance notes

We have produced a number of guides which will help you in your planning application:

See also: Common projects on the Planning Portal website.

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