Planning applications, advice and enforcement within the South Downs National Park

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From the 1st April 2012 all planning applications, pre-application enquiries and planning enforcement in Brighton and Hove within the South Downs National Park are the responsibility of the South Downs National Park Authority.

Please click on the link to the South Downs National Park Authority website.


How do I find out if I live in the National Park?

Please click on the following link Do-I-live-in-the-National-Park? and insert your postcode to find out if your property (or application site) lies within the Park boundary.


Where do I submit my planning applications after 1st April 2012?

  • If you live within the National Park boundary you should send your application to the South Downs National Park Authority.
  • If you submit your application through the Planning Portal, this will be routed directly to the South Downs National Park Authority who will deal with the application.

Applying online using the Planning Portal www.planningportal.gov.uk saves time and money. If you want to download paper application forms,  please use the Planning Portal's form finder.

All communications regarding a planning application (letters, emails, phone calls) should be directed to the South Downs National Park Authority.


How can I view applications that have been submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority?

Search the SDNPA's View Planning Applications page for planning applications submitted anywhere within the National Park boundary. You can search in a variety of ways, including between specific dates, or within a specific local authority area, or for applications received and validated or decisions issued.

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