We are using 2016 On Prem

I would like my admin users to be able to copy sub site via Conent And Structure

However they do not see copy option, they only see Move. As a site collection admin i can see copy

Does anyone know what is the minimum permission required for the copy option to be available


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what I believe they need the contribute permissions on the site collection level and subsites.

specifically make sure they have this:

  • "Manage Permissions"
  • "Manage Web Site"
  • "Add and Customize Pages"
  • Thanks Waqas. I can confirm the user has three permissions listed above, however they only see Move and not the copy option as we hope them to Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 4:02
  • can you give them full control
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 4:16
  • Sure do you mean site collection admin or did you mean another permission level/permission Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 5:16
  • Add into site collection admins.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 5:20
  • That works butiwas hoping to avoid doing that if possible Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 5:27

I tested with many custom permission levels. Even Full control does not provide the permission to copy site. The account needs to be the site collection admin to copy sites.

  • Thank you Jerry and Waqas. Site collection is what we need. Appreciate your quick responses Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 9:27

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