Chelmsford City Council

Essex moved to Tier 2 restrictions on Saturday 17 October. You can find out what this means and get other useful information on our coronavirus updates page.


Contacting us

Our Customer Service Centre is open, but with reduced opening times. You will need to wear a face covering when visiting our CSC, unless you are exempt. You will also need to either provide your contact details or check in on the NHS Covid-19 app.


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 name of 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.

You can visit us in person at the Customer Service Centre, Civic Centre, where an advisor can help you access our services online. 

We have changed our opening hours to 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. You will need to wear a face covering when visiting the CSC, unless you are exempt.

We can offer:

  • general advice
  • document drop-off
  • signposting

We will not be offering face to face interviews. 

At the Customer Service Centre, we have:      

  • 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

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: 26 October 2020

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