The County Council has a statutory duty to control the development and use of land and buildings within its boundaries. The County Council's jurisdiction under the Planning Acts does not extend to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, for which the National Park Authority is the local planning authority.
Planning legislation sets out the legal framework for planning decisions and the Development Control section co-ordinates this process. The main objective of the section is to manage the development and use of land in order to help protect the amenity and environment of the County, while promoting high quality, sustainable development.
The Development Control section deals with the processing of all planning applications involving proposals to build on land, alter and extend buildings or change their use, listed building consent, and advertisement consent, plus applications to extract minerals and process and dispose of waste. The County Council deals with about 1600 planning applications each year.