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Our Licensing team deals with a variety of different licensing issues.


We are currently reviewing our statements of licensing policy and gambling policy.

You can read the draft Cumberland Council Gambling Policy and draft Cumberland Council Licensing Policy, and download the Cumberland Council consultation response form.

You can also request a copy of the documents and response form at our offices at Allerdale House, Workington, The Civic Centre, Carlisle and The Market Hall, Whitehaven.

Responses will be considered alongside the policy statements by the Licensing Committee on 2 August. The matter will then be referred to council on 26 September. If adopted, the new policies will come into effect from 1 November 2023.

The deadline for consultation responses is July 11, 2023.

Pavement licences

The Government has issued guidance on pavement licensing for businesses and you can apply to us for permission. We are waiving the £100 application fee in Copeland.

Clubs and premises

Application forms and guidance are available for premises licences and certificates, personal licences and temporary event notices. You can view and comment on applications under consideration

Best Bar None

Best Bar None is an accreditation scheme for licensed premises.


Application forms and guidance is available for animal activity licences, and view a list of current list of inspection ratings.


Further information is available on gambling licences.

Taxi and private hire

Further information is available on taxi and private hire licences.

This document lists wheelchair-accessible taxis in the borough.

Lotteries, street collections and house-to-house collections

Further information is available on lotteries, street collections and house-to-house collections.

Caravan sites

Further information is available on caravan site licences.

Public Registers

View our public register for personal licences and premises licences, club certificates and temporary event notices.