Buildings and structures



  1. Newsletter 3

    Newsletter 3

  2. Newsletter 1

    Newsletter 1

  3. Newsletter 2

    Newsletter 2

  4. Public realm

    Public realm is defined as any publicly owned streets, pathways, right of ways, parks, publicly accessible open spaces and any public and civic building and facilities


  1. Planning enforcement manual

    Detailed information on what constitutes a breach of planning rules and what action we can take.

  2. Major development proposals

    Major development proposals are often complex and raise a number of issues. We strongly encourage all developers to enter into early discussions on major proposals.

  3. Application form to demolish something

    Form to submit if you are seeking permission to demolish something.

  4. Do I need planning permission? (Householder)

    Some alterations to your home may not require planning permission and could be carried out as a permitted development, if they satisfy certain limits and conditions. These may include the following:-

    • Extensions
    • Dormers/roof alterations
    • Outbuildings
    • Hard surfaces/decking
  5. Lawful development certificate

    You can obtain formal confirmation that your proposed works are a permitted development by applying for a Lawful Development Certificate. This is not the same as planning permission but provides proof that your household building work is lawful, This type of application costs £86.

  6. Notification of a rear extension

    This form can be used by a household to notify us of the intention to use the permitted development rightsto build a single-storey rear extension of greater than four metres up to eight metres for a detached house and greater than three metres up to six metres for any other type of house outside Article 1(5) land* and sites of special scientific interest.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Do I need planning permission for stables?
  10. Planning

    Information on all aspects of planning including when you need planning permission and how to get it.

Building control

  1. Do I need approval for electrical work?
  2. Demolition Control and Advice

    The Building Act contains provisions that enable Local Authorities to control demolition works for the protection of public safety and to safeguard adjoining properties.

  3. Which building work is controlled?
  4. How can I get access to the Building Regulations documents?
  5. Dangerous Structures

    Buildings and structures can become dangerous for a variety of reasons, ranging from a gradual deterioration through lack of maintenance, to a more dramatic cause such as a fire, storm, explosion or vehicle impact.

  6. Do I need approval to build an extension?
  7. Can I get a Building Regs form online?
  8. Do I require building regulation consent?

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

  9. Dangerous Buildings and Structures

    Guidance note for dangerous buildings and structures.

  10. Do I need Building Regulations approval to convert my loft into a room?
  11. Can you give me the name of a good architect or builder?


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