If you would like planning advice from the council, we now offer a range of services. These include;

  • Speaking to a member of the team by telephone as part of the 'Duty Planner Service' ,
  • Booking a meeting to speak to a planner to discuss an initial proposal as part of the 'Planning Surgery',
  • Written advice on a range of projects including householder alterations, adverts, new dwellings and commercial proposals
  • Advice on listed buildings in writing and in person
  • Guidance on what you need to include with a planning application
  • Site Constraint Checks 
  • Advice in writing as to whether Advertisement or Listed Building Consent is required
  • Written or On site Tree advice 
  • Advice in writing as to whether simple proposals require planning permission. Please see the find out about find out about permitted development page for more information.

Pre-application requests for advice will not be subject to any publicity but we may be obliged to release documents if we receive a Freedom of Information request or Environmental Information Request and our file notes will form part of the public file if an application follows.

In addition, in the event a formal application is submitted for the proposal the enquiry shall be published.

Please be aware that all enquiries for written advice need to be accompanied by a location plan clearly identifying the enquiry site.

Pre-application advice charging scheme

What to expect:

  • A 30 minute meeting to discuss a single case - Please note this is currently a telephone conversation rather than a meeting until further notice.
  • Tuesday and Thursday only
  • Must be booked through our Customer Service Centre at least five working days for major schemes and two working days prior to the meeting (before 5pm on Thursday before a Tuesday slot and before 5pm on Monday for a Thursday slot, excluding Bank Holidays)
  • Will provide broad views on an initial proposal
  • A summary of the advice given will be emailed to the customer
  • The advice will be made public if a subsequent application is received

What not to expect:

  • A guaranteed outcome on a planning application
  • An in-depth analysis of a specific proposal (the meeting is to provide broad guidelines on appropriate development). If more detailed advice is required our written advice procedure would be more appropriate
  • Confirmation that a proposal would be permitted development
  • Views of consultees or other specialist advice
  • Detailed advice in respect of Listed Buildings

 

What will it cost me to obtain advice from Chichester District Council?

 

The relevant fee must be paid by Debit Card to the Councils Customer Services Team. All fees are inclusive of VAT.

 

 

What can I expect from a pre-application advice service?

 

Please be aware that pre-application advice is informal only and does not guarantee the outcome of an application. Formal decisions on a proposal can only be achieved through the submission and consideration of a formal application, i.e. Planning Application, Lawful Development Certificate or Application for Advertisement Consent. Details of what you can expect from each of the pre-application advice services are provided below:

Duty planner service

What to expect:

  • Advice from a Planning Officer / Planning Technician
  • Basic advice on planning policies, details on the relevant constraints, how to apply for planning permission, and the rules around what is usually permitted development

What not to expect:

  • Advice on a specific proposal or site
  • Advice on whether a proposal would be acceptable
  • Advice as to whether a particular proposal would be permitted development
Planning surgery

What to expect:

  • A 30 minute meeting to discuss a single case - Please note this is currently a telephone conversation rather than a meeting until further notice.
  • Tuesday and Thursday only
  • Must be booked through our Customer Service Centre at least two working days prior to the meeting (before 5pm on Thursday before a Tuesday slot and before 5pm on Monday for a Thursday slot, excluding Bank Holidays)
  • Will provide broad views on an initial proposal
  • A summary of the advice given will be emailed to the customer
  • The advice will be made public if a subsequent application is received

What not to expect:

  • A guaranteed outcome on a planning application
  • An in-depth analysis of a specific proposal (the meeting is to provide broad guidelines on appropriate development). If more detailed advice is required our written advice procedure would be more appropriate
  • Confirmation that a proposal would be permitted development
  • Views of consultees or other specialist advice
  • Detailed advice in respect of Listed Buildings
Listed building advice (on site)

What to expect:

  • A date for site visit arranged within 10 working days
  • Meeting on the application site of no more than 1 hour
  • A summary of points discussed in writing
  • Access to the Council's Conservation and Design Team
  • Advice as to how best to take your scheme forward or areas to avoid

What not to expect:

  • Advice on other planning matters
  • A guaranteed outcome on a listed building application
Do I need planning permission?

 

What to expect:

  • A formal written response in the form of a letter or email
  • An informal officer opinion as to whether permission is required for a development
  • A 15 working day turnaround
  • Input from the Council's Planning Technicians

What not to expect:

  • Advice on complex proposals. If the facts of the case are inconclusive, require significant research in to case law or a formal legal opinion then a Lawful Development Certificate may be required
  • A site visit or meeting. All advice will be via a desktop analysis.
  • Views as to whether permission would be granted if required
Written pre-app householder and others (i.e. replacement dwelling, change of use)

What to expect:

  • A formal written response in the form of a letter, email or notes of a meeting
  • A 20 working day timescale for a response, unless an extension of time is agreed
  • Input from a Planning Officer or Senior Planning Officer
  • A full analysis of a proposal and officer opinion as to issues or merits of a particular proposal

What not to expect:

  • A site visit or meeting on site or in the office in every case. The need for a site visit will be determined by the case officer.
  • Input from all consultees
  • A guaranteed outcome on a planning application
Written pre-app for minors (i.e. 1-9 dwellings)

What to expect:

  • A formal written response in the form of a letter, email or notes of a meeting
  • A 20 working day timescale for a response, unless an extension of time is agreed
  • Input from a Senior Planning Officer
  • A full analysis of a proposal and officer opinion as to issues or merits of a particular proposal

What not to expect:

  • A site visit or meeting on site or in the office in every case. The need for a site visit will be determined by the case officer.
  • Input from all consultees
  • A guaranteed outcome on a planning application
Written pre-app for majors (10+ dwellings)

What to expect:

  • A site visit
  • A formal written response in the form of a letter, email or notes of a meeting
  • A bespoke timescale for response
  • Input from a Senior Planning Officer within the Majors and Business Team
  • Input from key consultees
  • A full analysis of a proposal and officer opinion as to issues or metis of a particular proposal

What not to expect:

  • A meeting in every case. The need for a site visit will be determined by the case officer.
  • A guaranteed outcome on a planning application
South Downs National Park

 

From 7 January 2013 the South Downs National Park Authority [SDNPA] use its own pre-application scheme, the details of which can be found on the SDNPA pre-application website. The service and charges applicable are set out in the table attached. Outside of the Park within Chichester District, the existing scheme will continue to apply as set out within the Chichester website.

The SDNPA's scheme will introduce one level of service across the National Park and will be free for householder and residential Do I Need Planning Permission enquiries. There will, however, be a fee for advice regarding new dwellings or larger development.

The SDNPA scheme requires a pro-forma to be completed depending on the development type proposed. Once completed the pro-forma and fee payable, if required, should be submitted to:

  • Chichester District Council
    East Pallant House
    East Pallant
    Chichester
    West Sussex
    PO19 1TY

Please note: that cheques should be made payable to 'South Downs National Park Authority'.

  • Do I need planning permission
  • Householder pre-application
  • Other development

For further information regarding the SDNPA's pre-application service, how the service will be provided, what developments may not require planning permission and details relating to how to pay for pre-application advice please visit  South Downs National Park or alternatively contact a member of staff at either Chichester District Council Development Management Service or the South Downs National Park Authority.