Application fees are set by central government, and the amount of fee varies with the type of application.
If an application is withdrawn or refused, the fee is not refunded. In such cases, it may be possible to make a second application for free.
If you are applying online via the Planning Portal, you must make payment via the Planning Portal. Please be aware of the following:-
The Planning Portal has reviewed their service charge and as from the 1st August 2019 applications with fees less than £60 including concessions will no longer incur an additional submission fee, however there will be an increase from £20 (inc VAT) to £25 (inc VAT) for applications with fees over £60.
Please do not try to pay Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils the processing fee. This is part of the Planning Portal’s procedure and must be paid to them.
If you do pay direct to us, this may cause delay in processing your application. Furthermore, as there is a cost to us in refunding your over-payment, we reserve the right to charge a small administrative fee.
If you are applying by means of postal submission or email, you may use the following link:
If there is an additional fee due for reason of invalidation or error, you may use this link:
You can separately post a cheque for postal or email submissions, but it will take longer to process and may delay the validation of your application within the published timescales.
Our address is:
Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils
8 Russell Road
Ipswich IP1 2BX
Please make cheques payable to either "Babergh District Council" or "Mid Suffolk District Council", as appropriate.
As the two councils have separate bank accounts, we can only accept cheques made payable to the council covering the address of the proposed development.
Please include the Local Authority Planning Application Reference. Examples of reference numbers are DC/YY/*****.
Also provide a contact name, number and the site address.
If you are unable to use the preferred methods of payment and wish to pay via BACS for postal or email submissions please call the Customer Services Team on 0300 123 4000 (option 5.3). They will give you your planning application reference which you must quote when transferring money into either of our bank accounts. You must then email us to notify us of payment.
Failure to do this may cause a delay to the registration of your planning application within the published timescales.