Chelmsford City Council

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Contacting us

We have now closed our Customer Service Centre, in light of the latest government advice due to coronavirus. You can still call us on 01245 606606, but we are experiencing a high volume of calls, so ask you to be patient. If you are homeless, you need to contact the team on or the duty officer number 01245 606880.


Contact us online

We use contact forms so that your query goes to the right place with all the information we need. This means we will be able to help you quickly and efficiently.

Each service area has its own contact form. You can find the relevant form in each section of the website. We also provide links to our most popular contact forms via the button above.

We don't publish email addresses. Email is not a secure way of sending information and our contact forms mean that we can ask you for the right details.

You can contact us by phone by calling the service you need. You can find the relevant phone number in each section of the website.

You can also call our main number, which is 01245 606606.

If you call this number, you will need to use our automated system.

To use the automated system, you need to clearly state the service or person you want to speak to.

The automated system recognises voices, and if there is a lot of background noise, it may not be able to recognise who you need.

If you have problems using the automated system, say "Customer Services" to be put through to one of our Customer Services Advisers.

You can normally visit us in person at the Customer Service Centre, Civic Centre, where an advisor can help you access our services online. However, our offices are currently closed due to coronavirus.

Our opening hours are:

  • 8:45am to 4:45pm Monday to Friday
  • 10am to 4:45pm on the last Wednesday of the month, to allow for staff training

At the Customer Service Centre, we have:

  • an appointments-based system, where you can book an appointment online or by calling us

  • self-service payment machines, where you can make a variety of payments, including:
      • Council Tax
      • Business Rates
      • parking fines
      • invoices
      • overpaid Housing Benefit
      • resident parking
      • licences        
  • self-service desktop computers, where you can access our online services, including:
      • Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction applications
      • housing register applications
      • planning applications
      • report it forms
  • phones so that you can call our services

  • meeting rooms

You can find out how to get to the Civic Centre.

You can contact us by post using our address, or using the post box at the Customer Service Centre, Civic Centre.

If you are submitting an application or payment by post, you should address it to the relevant service.

We check our post box regularly, but the most reliable way to contact us or make a payment is online.

We visit 17 rural communities in the Chelmsford area, so that you can access our services at your local village hall, shop or Post Office.

At the Mobile Customer Information Service, you can:

  • find out how to get help with benefits and Council Tax

  • report environmental problems

  • get free replacement recycling sacks and dog waste bags

  • discuss local issues

You can check our schedule of visits to find out where we visit, and when we will be visiting.

However, our schedule is currently suspended due to coronavirus.

We expect the highest standards of conduct and integrity from anyone who works for us, whether they are employees or contractors. 

We will investigate any allegations that we have not met these standards. We take all complaints seriously and are keen to resolve your problem.

You can find out how to make a complaint.

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Last updated: 30 March 2020

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