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Planting and cultivation licence

How to apply for a licence for planting/cultivating on a public road, pavement or verge.

Suffolk County Council reviews its fees on an annual basis. Please make sure you read through the application form to understand the current fees and conditions before you apply as these fees are generally non-refundable. Applications require 20 days notice to be processed.

Before you apply

Your application may be rejected if the proposed site is considered to be potentially dangerous to the public.

A licence is needed to plant or cultivate within the highway. 

  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Amenity areas

This list is not exhaustive, and we'll consider other items.

Licences are only issued to:

  • district or borough council
  • town or parish council
  • other organisations e.g. Bury In Bloom
  • a member of the public who'll need to provide us with written confirmation of support from their local council.

Fees: £150.00 (one-off fee)

Send completed forms to or by post to:

Suffolk County Council
Licensing and Enforcement Team
Phoenix House
3 Goddard Road

Email or contact 0345 606 6171 if you require any assistance.

Pay for a planting and cultivation licence

Find out how to pay for a planting and cultivation licence.

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