Service updates

We are working hard to minimise the disruption the coronavirus pandemic has on our delivery of services to local people.

However, in the event of pressure on our resources or emerging national guidance, we may need to prioritise essential services and caring for residents who are most vulnerable.

Below is a summary of our services and their latest status.

Please note that in addition to below local events may be subject to cancellation at short notice. Please check before you travel.

ServiceCurrent Status
Customer Contact CentreElizabeth House (Dereham) and Breckland House (Thetford) remain closed to the public, but you can still contact us via our website or email. For all urgent queries, customers in need of food or medical deliveries, or businesses in need of advice and support - call us. A limited number of face-to-face appointments (bookable in advance-only) are also available to support our most vulnerable customers. Normal hours are currently 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours, we can provide emergency/urgent support only.
Environmental Services (eg. bin collections)All bin collections operating normally.
New and replacement bins may take around 10 days to be delivered
Housing and homelessnessFace to face housing options enquiries are suspended, but service otherwise operating as normal.
There are currently limited properties available but we are working with our housing providers to get these ready for let as soon as possible.
Council tax and benefitsOperating normally
Advice about claiming Universal Credit during this pandemic is available online
PlanningFace to face meetings suspended.
We're currently unable to
accept paper copies of planning applications.
Planning advice available via email or on our website
We are now accepting Land Charges Searches but it is unlikely, given current COVID 19 restrictions, that our normal 10 day response time can be adhered to. Access to the offices continues to be limited and therefore there will be delays obtaining historical planning information held on microfiche. It is still possible to submit search requests and make enquiries via land.charges@breckland.gov.uk
Building ControlFace to face meetings suspended.
All building control regulation documents will only be accepted in digital format.

Building Control advice is available via email or on our website
Communities and eventsThe Silver Social events are starting up again, online or over the phone. Information on the events is available online.
ElectionsAll elections are currently postponed until May 2021,  please contact the Elections Team if you have any queries
Community Safety and Enforcement (eg. anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping)Operating normally
LicensingAll face to face visits and inspections are currently suspended. Advice is available via email
Environmental ProtectionAll indoor visits and inspections are not routinely taking place at the moment. Outdoor visits (where it is safe to do so) are now being undertaken, where they are considered to be essential or Medium/High Priority. Advice is available via email or on ourwebsite.
Food, Health and SafetyAll indoor visits and inspections are not routinely taking place at the moment. Outdoor visits (where it is safe to do so) are now being undertaken, where they are considered to be essential or Medium/High Priority. Advice is available via email
Business regeneration and supportOperating normally
Council / committee meetingsAll committee meetings are now taking place virtually, please visit the Calendar of Meetings for details of upcoming meetings, and how you can view them 
Council-run leisure centresIn light of national guidance, our leisure centres are closed until further notice
External meetingsPostponed until further notice
Facilities ManagementAll 31 of our Car Parks, our Land Management and Street Lighting repair service is operating as normal. You are able to report any problems with these services on our website.

If you need to get in touch, you canreport a problem, make a payment, or submit an application online, 24/7. 

Last updated: 10/07/2020 08:57:38