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Normal opening hours

The contact centre is open 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday

Please note for Business Rate queries our opening hours are 9am to 5pm and Housing Services operate between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Only emergency calls should to be made outside of these hours.

If you have a general enquiry you may find the answer by using the Ask a Question section on the Council website homepage. There are also forms to report service requests in the Report It section on the homepage that you may also find useful.

The numbers below should also be used to contact the council for emergencies out of working hours where you will either be directed to an emergency operator or you will hear an information message for the service you have contacted.

Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number and must count towards any inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls. These rules apply to calls from any type of line including mobile, BT, other fixed line or payphone.

Revenue sharing – where the dialled party can receive a share of what the consumer pays to make a call – is also not allowed on calls to 03 numbers.


If you are a textphone (minicom) user, please contact us using Text Relay by dialing 18001 before the number below you require.

Text Relay assisted calls are charged at your telecommunication provider’s normal rates

If you have any problems connecting to the Council or it is your first time using Text Relay, dial 0870 240 95 98 from a textphone for help or visit

Number / ServiceDescription

Children Schools and Families

0300 1234 101


Adoption and fostering / after school care / child care / child employment / child protection / children's centres / children's services and safeguarding / children's special needs / education and learning (young people) / further and higher education / homework clubs / nurseries / play and children's activities / school meals / school transport / schools / youth cornwall


0300 1234 111

Cornwall record office / libraries


0300 1231 115

Elections / Voting / Electoral registration


0300 1234 121

Our opening hours are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support / Blue Badge enquiries / Discretionary Housing Payments / Crisis and Care awards / Council Tax Exceptional Relief awards / Universal Credit and Benefit Cap enquiries

Benefit Fraud

0800 7316 125 

Benefit fraud / Tenancy Fraud / Council Tax Support Fraud 

Adult Care and Support

0300 1234 131

Adult safeguarding / alcohol, drug and substance misuse / blue badges for disabled drivers/
disabled parking permits / carers / disabled peoples social services / learning disability social services / older people's social services

Refuse and Recycling

0300 1234 141

Abandoned vehicles / clinical waste / commercial trade waste / landfill sites / recycling / refuse collection / waste and recycling sites/ street cleaning and litter /graffiti removal/ beaches (cleaning) / dog fouling


0300 1234 151

Building control / dangerous structures / house numbering and naming / listed buildings / local land charges / planning / street naming and numbering


0300 1234 161

Alarms for older and disabled people / Council housing / homelessness / social housing, housing allocation / housing register/ right to buy / tenant services and repairs / neighbour nuisance/ Private Letting Service/ Lifeline/ independent living service

Council Tax and Business Rates

0300 1234 171

What is council tax?/How to pay your council tax/Council tax - bands and band reductions/Change of circumstances for council tax/Council tax - appeals/Council tax - discounts and premium/Council tax exemptions/Let us help with moving/My council tax bill/Recovery - Unable to pay/Fraud awareness

Please note for Business Rate queries our opening hours are 9am to 5pm

About business rates/Rates and reductions/Paying Your Business Rates/Rateable Values from 2017/My business rates bill

Registration Service

0300 1234 181

Births/ deaths/ marriages/ civil partnerships / coroner / citizenship ceremonies / civil funerals /
registration certificates/ family history / naming ceremonies / renewal of vows

Trading Standards

0300 1234 191

Consumer advice / trading standards

Environmental Management

0300 1234 202

Allotments / archaeology and heritage  / beaches (cleaning, facilities, safety) / children's playgrounds / coast path / climate change and energy conservation / conservation / Cornish Way / drains and sewers / environmental protection and sustainability / flooding / footpaths and rights of way / grass cutting / graffiti removal / hedge cutting / heritage and historic environment / lifeguards on beaches / litter and graffiti / parks and gardens / trees / water and beach safety / waterways

Environmental Health and Licensing

0300 1234 212

Please note that some direct dial numbers for environmental health and licensing officers have recently changed, so please ensure you use the main switchboard number.

Animal licensing and welfare / bonfires / contaminated land / dog fouling / dog wardens / environmental health / health education / health promotion / licensing / noise nuisance /  pollution (light, air, noise, smells and water) / radon / street trading and markets/
water private supplies

Roads, Transport and Parking

0300 1234 222

Air transport/ bus pass older people / car parking / cycle training / gritting and salting / highways and roads / parking / potholes / public transport / road safety / road works / roads and pavements / street lighting / traffic lights/ grass cutting / hedge cutting

Fire and Community Safety

0300 1234 232

Anti-social behaviour / community safety / crime and anti-social behaviour / domestic violence / emergency planning / fire safety (including petroleum and explosives licences) / firework displays / vandalism

Other Enquiries including compliments and complaints

0300 1234 100

Adult education / arts and culture / business advice and support / community networks / comments, compliments and complaints / Council meetings and committees / Councillors / economic development / electoral services / european affairs / freedom of information / jobs with the Council / museums / one stop shops / sea fisheries / sea pools and lido / sports and recreation/ tourism /
translation and interpretation / voluntary and community groups / volunteering / young people's activities/ voting

Cornwall Pension Fund
01872 322322

Cornwall Pension Fund, membership, active members, pensioner members

Overseas callers only please use the following number; +44(0)1209 720450.