Find out more about the changes to our bin collections. You can also check your bin day with our online calendar and if we have missed collecting your waste, you can report it online.You can also find out how to report issues to us online such as if you haven't had a calendar or a new bin/box.
Easter waste collections and opening hours
In the week beginning, 22 April, all collections will be a day later with collections usually due on Friday 26 April being carried out on Saturday 27 April. Collections return to normal in the following week. Find out more.
Elections - May 2019
Find out more about the local elections on 2 May 2019, including how to register to vote, how to apply for a postal or proxy vote and who is standing for election. You can also see a full breakdown of the results in 2015. You can also find out about the European Parliament elections on 23 May 2019.
Do I need planning permission?
Many householder-type developments don't need planning permission.
The best way to check is to use the Planning Portal's website. Their Interactive House is particularly useful for homeowners doing work on their properties. You can hover over each section in the house to see the planning information you need.
The Planning Portal also provides information on Permitted Development Rights - which are the things you can do without planning permission.
Article 4 areas
Some areas of Allerdale are designated Article 4 areas. This means that there are extra planning restrictions, meaning that works usually covered by "permitted development" do require you to apply for planning permission.
Residential barn conversion developments also have their permitted development rights removed.
Remember that we only provide planning permission for properties outside of the Lake District National Park boundary. If your property is within the boundary, you need to apply to the Lake District National Park Authority.
Certificate of lawfulness
It is not always clear cut whether you need planning permission or not.
If you would prefer the Council's formal decision on these details then you can apply to us for a Certificate of Lawfulness.
You can also apply for a certificate through the Planning Portal.
How do I apply for planning permission?
Even if you don't need planning permission for your work, you may have to ensure it complies with the building regulations. We can help you with this too.