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View and comment on planning applications

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) all public access to our Council offices is prohibited.

The Council is currently reviewing how it can make planning documents available to the public. Further details will be issued as soon as possible.

Any queries in the interim should be submitted to

There are several ways that you can find details of planning applications.

Weekly list

We publish a weekly list of the following:

Planning applications received

Planning applications determined 

Planning records search

A summary of all planning records since 2005 relating to any specific property or piece of land can be viewed using the GIS. Go to 'my property' and type in your postcode, you will then see a tab for 'my planning' and this will give you information on all current planning applications near where you live.

View planning applications

A copy of all current planning applications can be viewed at Market Hall, Market Place, Whitehaven, CA28 7JG.

Applications for the Millom area can be viewed at our offices on St George's Road, Millom, LA18 4DD.

View planning applications online

We are currently upgrading our software system to allow the publication of all planning applications and related documents on our website. This facility is still unavilable but will be made live as soon as possible. Once upgraded you will be able to access this here. 

Comment on a planning application or raise an objection

Comments on a planning application can be made in the following way:

By post to:

Development Management
Copeland Borough Council
Copeland Centre
Catherine Street
CA28 7SJ 

By email to

All comments should include the relevant planning application reference number. Comments should be made within 21 days of the planning application appearing on the weekly list.