Lewes District Council

Lewes is the county town of East Sussex situated at the lowest crossing point of the River Ouse.

In Lewes there is evidence of prehistoric Roman occupation however it is believed that the Saxons first developed Lewes.

Lewes is a local government district in East Sussex covering an area of 113 sq mi (290 km2), with nine miles (14.5 km) of coastline.

It is named after its administrative centre, Lewes. Other towns in the district include Newhaven, Peacehaven, Seaford and Telscombe.
Lewes District Council is responsible for a number of services.
• Anti-social behaviour, noise, and nuisance reports
• Beach and seafront issues
• Building control (Lewes only)
• Business rates
• Business grants
• Council Tax
• Community issues in parks and playgrounds and graffiti clearance
• Environmental health
• Democracy – local and general elections
• Dogs – lost/ found dogs and attacks on other dogs
• Electoral registration and voting methods
• Events
• Food – business registration and safety
• Grants and loans – to help with rent
• Health and safety -business and environmental
• Housing benefit and council tax reduction
• Housing Benefit overpayment collection
• Housing – including the local housing register, rent and garage rent
• Homelessness prevention
• Land charges
• Licensing – taxis, alcohol, tattoo, street party etc.
• Memorial bench maintenance and tree sponsorship
• Open spaces – downland, parks, and public gardens
• Public toilets
• Playgrounds
• Off-street car parks
• Pest control
• Planning and conservation applications and advice
• Private housing – help with property issues, landlords, heating, HMO’s and disabled facilities grants
• Sports facilities
• Waste and recycling – including food waste, bulky item collection and fly tipping investigation.

For more information, please call 01273 471600 or visit: http://www.lewes.gov.uk/

Neighbourhood First is a team of advisors who work with communities to improve their neighbourhood.


They act as the link between the councils and the community and work alongside a range of volunteers, groups and other council staff to maintain the quality of the environment.

Our neighbourhood advisors can help and assist you to try and resolve a range of issues, such as:

  • Dog fouling
  • Fly-tipping
  • Littering and street cleaning
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Fallen trees

Neighbourhood First advisors are available to speak with resident and attend community meetings such as town and parish councils or neighbourhood panel meetings to find out what matters most to our communities.

They carry out a range of inspections on our streets and open spaces to make sure the environment is well maintained. They can also give advice on access issues to local businesses.

You can report issues to Neighbourhood First via our website or via our Report It smartphone app or via our website

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