Council Services for Business

Planning, Business Rates and Environmental Health are a few of the things you may need some information on before you set up a new business or relocate to South Lakeland.

Doing Business with South Lakeland District CouncilThe Chest

The Procurement Team at South Lakeland District Council endeavour to work closely with current and prospective suppliers. We strive to make business opportunities accessible by advertising on the North West e-tendering portal, The Chest. All suppliers interested in doing business with the Council are encouraged to register on the Chest and also onto our Supplier Database to be kept informed of any upcoming opportunities.

Business Rates

Business Rates are collected by South Lakeland District Council and returned to the Government to pay for local services. The Business Rate team can provide infomation on rateable value, rate relief for small businessess and other queries.

Food & Safety Group (Environmental Health)

Food and Safety Group are responsible for ensuring safe and hygienic production, storage, distribution and sale of food and drink. Staff in the Environmental Health Service are always willing to provide advice and information to operators of food and drink businesses.

This team are also responsible for Health & Safety in offices, shops, hotels, guest houses, catering services, care homes, warehouses.


South Lakeland District Council's Licensing Department is the enforcing authority for hackney carriage vehicles and drivers and private hire vehicles and drivers. Licensing also deals with amusements with prizes, permits for street collections, house-to-house collections, small lotteries, skin piercing activities, animal welfare licensing, zoos and pet shops.

Markets Kendal Market

There are markets trading in South Lakeland in Ambleside, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kendal, Milnthorpe and Sedbergh. To find out more about trading please see Market Trading Information.


There are a number of car parks across the district which can be used by visitors. It is also possible to purchase a business permit.


Planning is a very important issue for many businesses. South Lakeland District Council is introducing 'Development Matters', a project that will help business and inward investors to ensure that consultation and other work involved in bringing forward a major planning application is managed smoothly and efficiently. More information will be posted on this site as the project develops. Please see both the Lake District National Park and Yorkshire Dales National Park websites for further information if your property o business is based in these areas.

Trading Standards

Trading Standards can help your business comply with consumer protection laws. Trading Standards in Cumbria are currently supporting the Buy with Confidence Scheme. This is an approved trader scheme which currently has over 40 local authorities participating, making it the largest scheme of its kind nationally. To find out more please visit the Buy with Confidence website.

Transport - Road Works in Cumbria

The Cumbria Roadworks Map can be used to see where current and future road closures are.