Development Services

Important Information (COVID-19) - Delivering Planning Services in Barrow Borough

The Town Hall remains closed to the public and all officers remain working remotely using laptops, mobile phones and email. We will shortly be reintroducing site visits which will be arranged beforehand with the applicant to ensure that safety measures are in place. Where matters need urgent face to face discussion, and social distancing permits, some site meetings may take place. We ask for your assistance and understanding. For full details please see the statement below:

Statement - Delivering Planning Services in Barrow Borough 

Contacting Us

Please use the consult planning Inbox but expect significant delays as it is not constantly monitored. We ask for your understanding in this matter.


Building Control

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The Building Control Department deals with a range of services, these include:

  • Processing and approving plans deposited under the Building Regulations, including site visits to check these are adhered to;

  • Dangerous structures;

  • Demolitions;

  • Street naming and numbering; and

  • Safety at Sports Grounds.

  • We are separate from the Development Control (Planning) process but we work very closely with them.



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The Development Control (Planning) department deals with the processing and determination of a wide range of applications some of which include:

  • Planning Permission
  • Listed building consent
  • Advertisement consent
  • Works to trees
  • Lawful Development Certificates
  • Changes of use, etc.

A pre-application advisory service is also available.

Planning Policy

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The Planning Policy Section prepares the planning policy, through consultation with local communities, which sets the broad framework for acceptable development in the Borough. 

 These policies give residents, businesses and developers an indication of what type and scale of development is appropriate and are used to determine planning applications.