Coronavirus Impact - Planning Applications

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Ipswich Borough Council continues to operate its Town Planning and Building Control services in line with Government advice.

For further information on how the planning application process has been affected, please refer to our frequently asked questions.


Are Planning & Development Committee meetings still going ahead?

All Planning & Development Committee meetings are now taking place in person again. You can view meeting agendas and arrange to attend at

I have recently submitted a planning application, will it still be reviewed within the statutory 8-week period?

Yes, where circumstances allow. If this is not possible, the planning case officer will contact you directly to discuss.

Can I still submit a planning application?

Yes, the Council is still accepting planning applications.

Applications can be submitted electronically, either through the Planning Portal or via email to    

Any applications received via post may experience some initial delay, therefore you may receive your acknowledgment later than usual.

Can I still comment on planning applications?

Yes. Comments can be submitted online, either through the Online Planning portal using the planning reference number, or via email to quoting the planning reference for the application.

Will Planning and Building Control Officers still be making site visits?

Yes, however, site visits that require an internal inspection will only be undertaken where they are essential.

Should an officer be required to visit your site, we will contact you to make the necessary arrangements.