Online Planning applications (Public Access) – limited availability 5pm 26 March to 8am 1 April 2019
You can still see planning records and information about applications on our Public access webpage, but the information available will be frozen from the evening of Tuesday 26 March 2019. Between 26 March and 1 April you will not be able to comment on applications online, but you will be able to make comments by emailing email@example.com
Planning and building control system - offline from 27 to 31 March 2019
We will be unable to acknowledge, register or issue decisions on any applications during this period. Applications submitted during this time will be processed in the week commencing 1 April 2019 by West Suffolk Council. We apologise for any inconvenience.
If you are planning any works to a tree in a conservation area you need to give the council six weeks notice. You need to let us know in writing. We need to know what species of tree it is, where it is and what type of work is to be done. There is no charge to apply.
You can check if trees are located within a conservation area here.
Some trees are protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). If you are planning any works to a tree with a TPO you need permission from the council. Carrying out work without permission when you need it, is against the law and could lead to prosecution. There is no charge to apply.
To apply to carry out work on a tree with a TPO:
You can also apply (to carry out works to trees in a conservation area or works to protected trees) via the planning portal, there is no charge to apply.
Overgrown trees on the highways are managed by Suffolk County Council. You can use their highway maintenance form to report any problems. Trees on major trunk roads are managed by the Highways England, contact them on 0300 1235000 to report problems.
You can find out more about what we can and cannot help with from our frequently asked questions guide on our tree and grounds maintenance page.
If you are concerned about any trees on council owned land and if it is something we can help with, let us know. You can complete our online tree management form to do this or contact customer services. This form can be used for trees across West Suffolk.