1. What is Planning Enforcement?

    Planning enforcement is action we can take when works have been carried out without planning permission.

  2. What happens to my building or planning complaint?

    Once we have concluded our investigation into your complaint or report of a breach of planning permission we will inform you of the outcome and what action we have taken. Every reported breach of planning control is different; some reports can take a couple of weeks to resolve while others can take significantly longer.

  3. How do I report a breach of planning control?

    You can report any breach of planning control by contacting the Council Planning Enforcement Officer, Adrian Adams, on 01946 598503 or by email at

  4. Planning enforcement manual

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

Enforcement and support services

  1. Penalty charge notices

    Penalty charge notices (PCNs) are issued for parking offenses on car parks that we own or manage. 

  2. Challenge a Penalty Charge Notice

    This page outlines how to challenge a Penalty Charge Notice you have received.

  3. Dog nuisance

    In general, people are allowed to keep animals, as long as they do not cause a nuisance or a health hazard to other people and premises around them.

    This page outlines what can be done when this is not the case.

  4. Dog Fouling - Enforcement Services

    Dog fouling can be an unpleasant problem, and is one which we know angers many of our residents. We do our bit to clamp down on the problem.

  5. Market evaluation form (shoppers)

    Please fill in this form to give us your views about shopping at Whitehaven's relaunched market. If you are a stallholder or a local shopkeeper, please use the separate forms specially designed for you.

  6. Market evaluation form (shopkeepers)

    If you are a local retailer (not market stall holder) please fill in this form to give us your views on the revamped Whitehaven Market. If you are a market trader or shopper, please fill in the separate forms designed especially for your views.

  7. Market evaluation form (stall holders)

    If  you are a Whitehaven Market stallholder, please fill in this form to give us your views on the revamped market. If you are a shopper or local shopkeeper, please fill in the separate forms designed especially for your views.


  1. Copeland Pride of Place

    The Copeland Pride of Place initiative aims to encourage residents and businesses to take pride in their borough and work towards making Copeland a better place to live, work and visit. Concentrating on the following areas, the drive will aim to discourage low level offences and encourage businesses and residents to improve and maintain their premises.

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