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Support from the Council for businesses

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Here we outline the support we have available for businesses in Copeland.

There is plenty of support available to help you improve and grow your business in Copeland. If you contact us we can help with matters such as:

Building Control

Our Building Control team deal with the enforcement of building regulations as well as dangerous structures and controlling demolitions.  

Business rates

Our Business Rates team can help you understand the information on your bill and let you know if you are eligible for discounted payments.

Food safety

If you’re a food business, please contact our Environmental Health team for advice, information and registration details.

Health and safety

Our Environmental Health team also give advice on complying with health and safety legislation.


The Licensing team will confirm whether you require a licence to trade and can take you through the steps to obtaining a licence.


Pre-application advice is available from our planning team for all businesses looking to change or build a commercial property in the borough.


We aim to encourage a mixed range of suppliers to bid for council contracts.  We use  The Chest, an electronic tendering portal, to advertise the latest contracts. Registration is free for all businesses.

Trade waste

We operate a trade waste collection service and at competitive prices.

For any of the above services please call 01946 598300 and ask for the relevant department.

For other ways of contacting us.