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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of our planning staff are working remotely, and this might affect the level of service we are able to offer.

All communications should be sent by email to There may be a delay in response.

Further details on planning services during Covid-19 are available.


Our planning department receives and decides on planning applications. We also offer free pre-application advice for anyone interested in making an application.


You can view and comment on planning applications under consideration, and see a history of decisions made.


Planning applications can be made online. This page also has guidance on whether you need planning permission, including for householder developments, commercial developments, advertising and signage.


See our current fees and charges, or pay your bill.


We offer free guidance before you make your planning application. Further information is also available on proposals for major developments.


If we refuse your planning permission, you have the right of appeal.

Planning Panel

Major planning decisions are made in public by our Planning Panel, made up of 11 of our councillors.

Planning Policy

The Planning Policy team produces land use policies and guidance that are used in deciding planning applications and guiding future development in the borough.

Enforcement complaints

To complain about development that you think does not have planning permission, or breaks the conditions of its permission, fill in this form.

Conservation and Design

To find all our Documentation and Guidance Conservation Area and Design Guide.

You can help protect the borough’s heritage through the Cumbria Local List.

Nutrient neutrality

On March 16, 2022, we received a nutrient neutrality notification from Natural England in relation to the River Derwent and Bassenthwaite Lake Special Area of Conservation.

In the catchment area of this protected site, certain types of new development, such as housing, have the potential to cause adverse impacts through nutrient pollution.

Read more.