Chichester City Council
Call 01243 788502
The council has responsibility for a range of services for people living in the city ranging from housing to schools.
Chichester City Council is the body you speak to if you want to make a change to your property such as converting a loft or extending the house. Here you can see if you need planning permission, what building regulations apply and follow up on applications already made.
The council also takes care of many of the facilities around the city that residents use regularly. This includes the bus shelters, benches and footpath lighting around the city. If you notice a problem with any of these, you can contact them on the above number to register the problem. You can also speak to them about the Chichester in Bloom award that was established in 2006.
If you want to hire any of the council-owned rooms around the city, you can also use this contact number to find out more information. This includes the Council Chamber which is used for normal council meetings and the Old Court Room. Many are popular as locations for weddings and other special events.
Chichester City Council is divided into 29 wards, four of which cover the city itself (North, South, East and West) while the remainder cover the area around the city that falls under the council jurisdiction. The wards are:
- East Wittering
- North Mundham
- Selsey North
- Selsey South
- West Wittering
- Wisborough Green
District council services
In addition to the services offered by the city council, there are also wider services offered through Chichester District Council. The district council is located in East Pallant House in Chichester and can be reached through the main number of 01243 785 166. It is open from 8:45 – 17:10 Monday to Thursday and until 17:00 on Fridays.
The district council handles matters such as council tax and benefits queries, education and learning and housing. This means if you want to query something about a property you rent from the council or a housing benefit you receive, you should contact the district, not the city, council. It also handles environment and waste queries. This means you can find out when your bin is due to be emptied or where the local recycling centre is located.
As well as the main switchboard number, there is an emergency out of hours number to use if you have an urgent problem that cannot wait until the next morning. This number is 01243 785339 and should be used alongside any normal 999 emergency services if necessary.
The council also operates the tourist information centre in the city, the district museum, The Grange and Westgate leisure centres and the Selsey Area Office.