Advice and help
Starting up a new business in Copeland
A wide range of support is available to businesses and individuals who are looking to start up a business in Copeland.
Support from the Council for businesses
Here we outline the support available from the council for businesses in Copeland.
Support for existing businesses in Copeland
Here we look at what support is available for existing businesses in Copeland.
Land charges personal search
A personal search is an inspection of the Local Land Charges Register and can be carried out by anyone. Please note that a personal search does not provide all the information given on a full (LLC1 and CON29) search.
Flooding can occur at any time for a number of reasons. We cannot stop flooding but we can all take steps to reduce the risks of it. It is best to be prepared. Find out if you live in a property that is known to be at the risk of flooding by checking out the maps on the Environment Agency's website. There are also booklets available with advice on how best to take precautions.
Guide for developers
A joint guide written by all Cumbrian local authorities to help developers deal with contaminated land.
Pet shop licence guidance
Guidance as to when you need to apply for a pet shop licence and the conditions associated with such a licence.
Riding establishment guidance
Guidance relating to gaining a licence to run a riding establishment.
Health and safety in the beauty industry
This booklet contains advice and guidance on how to keep you and your employees safe at work. The booklet is written in simple language and tries to avoid jargon and legalese.
Pest control - wasps
You may have one of three problems
- An active wasp nest on your property.
- Hibernating queen wasps waking too early.
- Nuisance wasps (where the nest cannot be found).
Whatever the scenario you will want to get rid of the wasps as they can cause a nasty sting that gives you not only a dose of venom but also an unhealthy amount of bacteria. Wasps are naturally defensive of their nests and will sting anyone or anything (without provocation) just for walking near to the nest. So if you have a nest close to your home or in your garden you should have it treated to avoid the risk of being stung.
- Pest control - seagulls Roof nesting Herring gulls and Lesser Black Backed gulls are becoming a growing concern in many towns and cities throughout the UK. Food is readily available and there are no natural predators.
Flooding:before, during and after
Even if you live a long way from a river or the sea, floods can happen anywhere from a variety of sources which include surface water, blocked sewers and groundwater as well as rivers and the sea. Generally, it is up to the landowner to maintain any flood defences and to take reasonable steps not to increase the flood risk to anyone else.
- Pigeons and other wild birds Pigeons, starlings and other wild birds can become a problem if they are not controlled. Large numbers of birds can cause a nuisance with noise and droppings which can be hazardous to health.
- Pest control - rats and mice The house mouse and the brown rat are common rodent pests. We all have a responsibility to ensure that our homes, gardens and local environment are kept free from rodents.
Insects and pests
Here we deal with ants, cockroaches and bed bugs. We also have information sheets on:
Health and Safety
If you run a business it is vital that you conform with health and safety legislation and that you understand your responsibilities. Here we answer some frequently asked questions about health and safety procedure.
Council tax helps to pay for the cost of local services such as bin collections and recycling services, environmental health and planning. If you’re 18 or over and own or rent a home, you’ll usually have to pay council tax
Council tax discounts
Council tax is worked out on the basis of two adults living at the address. If there is only one adult at the address for the purposes of council tax then you may receive a 25% discount on your bill.
- I have been left a property, what should I do?
- I am on holiday can I still pay my council tax?
Council tax reduction scheme
An overview of the new localised council tax scheme introduced in April 2013.
Council tax charges for empty properties
There are a number of changes to council tax that came into force on 1 April 2013. Here we explain what has changed and answer some of your questions.
Derelict or rundown properties
If you have an empty property or one that is in a poor state -perhaps you have been left one by a deceased relative- you should contact the Council Tax Section as soon as possible. We will arrange an inspection and then be able to advise you whether any discount is available, or whether you should contact the Valuation Office. The Valuation Office has prepared the attached leaflet that explains more about how council tax works in this situation.
- What is council tax band B?