Building Control (Householders)



  1. Guidance on prior approval for extensions

    This guidance note only applies to the temporary permitted development arrangements introduced in May 2013 for single storey extensions to the rear of a house.

  2. Form to notify us that an extension is complete

    Form to use to notify us that you have completed a single storey rear extension. Please return the form to

    Planning Department
    Copeland Borough Council
    Copeland Centre
    Catherine Street
    Whitehaven CA28 7SJ

Building control

  1. Choosing a Reputable Contractor Guidance Note

    Guidance note for choosing a reputable contractor.

  2. Guidance

    The listed links are to view the Approved Documents and Guidance notes for many aspects of the Building Control process. Please take time to view the documents, as they may give you information that can assist and save you time.

  3. Exempt Buildings Guidance Note

    Guidance note identifying building work exempt from the Building Regulations.

  4. Do I require building regulation consent?

    Building Regulation consent is a different requirement from planning permission, and must be applied for separately.

  5. The Party Wall Act 1996 Explanatory Booklet

    Guidance note regarding the Party Wall Act 1996

  6. Arranging an inspection

    Once approval has been given or a building notice accepted, you will receive an inspection regime that lists the construction stages for which we require notification and can subsequently arrange inspection.

  7. The role and process of building control

    As a Local Authority Building Control department we administer the Council’s duties set out in the Building Act 1984 and other relevant legislation. Our aim is to ensure, within practical limits, that your project whether it is a new build, conversion or extension, is in compliance with the Building Regulations and other relevant design standards.

  8. Additional Services

    In addition to our statutory Building Control function, we offer consultation services in the areas listed below.

  9. Fees (Householders)

    The schedules of charges and guidance notes are based on the Council’s Building Control Charges Scheme.



  10. Copeland Building Control Prospectus A document identifying the many ways in which Copeland Building Control can help you in the successfull delivery of your building project.
  11. Building control contacts

    Contact details of how to get in touch with the Copeland Borough Council building control department.

  12. Building Notice Submission

    Form and guidance notes on how to complete the form to notify us of your wish to build.

  13. Building Control Fees 2016/17

    Building Control fees and charges for 2016/17. You can now pay building control fees online.

  14. Building Control Householders

    Thank you for visiting these pages. We are determined to provide you with the very best in Building Control and associated services. Whether you are a large developer undertaking a multi-million pound project or a homeowner carrying out alterations to your home, we are totally committed to assisting you in any way we can.
    Information relevant to Building Regulations issues can be found via the links down the left of this page but if you're unable to find what you're looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your query.

  15. Full Plans Submission Form

    Form and guidance notes to help you submit full plans.

  16. Building Control Solid Conservatory Roofs

    The Building Act 1984/The Building Regulations 2010

    This form is to be filled in by the person who intends to cary out builing work or his agent.  If the form is unfamiliar please read the notes which follow or consult this office on 01946 598409.

  17. Regularisation application form

    Application form to use for a regularisation certificate.

  18. Conservatories and porches guidance notes

    Conservatories and porches guidance notes

  19. Notice of Intended Demolition Form

    Section 80 of the Building Act 1984 requires that a person who intends to demolish the whole or part of a building, apart from one exempt under subsection (1)(a) or (b) to notify the local authority, the occupier of any adjacent building and the gas and electricity authorities of his intention. This is the form to do so.

  20. PercolationTest Guidance - Soakaways

    PercolationTest Guidance - Soakaways

  21. Householder Enquiry Form

    Householder enquiry form to notify us of your intention to build and guidance as to when planning permission is ncecessary.

  22. building control charges 2017/18

    Building control charges 2017/18

  23. Full plans or building notice submission guidance

    You can make a Building Regulations application in two ways – full plans or building notice.This guidance explains the main differences between the two.


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