Planning, waste and environment

Planning application advice and guidance, waste recycling centres and rubbish tips, listed buildings and green conservation areas.

Phased re-opening of Recycling Centres

You must book a time slot online to visit a Suffolk Recycling Centre following closure due to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

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Planning applications

Find out how to apply for planning permission and view, comment and read advice on planning applications for minerals, waste and county council developments.

Minerals and waste policy

How Suffolk County Council assesses minerals and waste planning applications and publishes guidance relating to minerals and waste planning applications.

Planning and development advice

Countywide guidance for all planning developments in Suffolk. The information provided should be used alongside the advice of each district council.

Flooding and drainage

Find information on who holds the responsibility for flooding in Suffolk, and how to report a flood in Suffolk.

Proposed development of Chilton Woods

On 29 March 2018, Babergh District Council’s Planning Committee granted outline planning permission for the Chilton Woods site near to Sudbury.

Waste and recycling

Find opening times of Recycling Centres (rubbish tips), where you can take trade waste and which council takes your refuse collections in Suffolk.


How to report fly-tipping in Suffolk to local waste collection authorities. Find out how to avoid and prevent fly-tipping.

Disposal of soil, rubble and plasterboard

Find the cost and details about taking soil, hardcore and rubble or plasterboard to a Suffolk Recycling Centre.

Suffolk's countryside and wildlife

Suffolk is a beautiful county. Its natural environment and quality of life are much treasured by people who visit, live and work here.

Solar Together Suffolk

How to register for a group buying scheme to get solar panels for your home at a competitive price and gain the benefits of having solar panels.


Suffolk County Council is part of FRESH4Cs, a freshwater initiative supported by the 2 Seas European Regional Development Fund.

Creating the Greenest County

Find out more about our aim to make Suffolk the greenest county, including details of environmental issues such as energy, green travel, water and recycling.

Pledge to climate emergency declaration

How we'll aim to be a carbon neutral authority by 2030 in our pledge to the climate emergency declaration.

Major infrastructure projects

Some planning applications are of national significance, and are determined by the Planning Inspectorate. Find out about such projects in Suffolk.

Buildings in Suffolk

Read information about listed buildings and conservation areas, buildings at risk and green buildings in Suffolk.