Cambridge City Council

The district council for Cambridge.

Activities include: building planning and control, leisure services, housing, environmental health, community development, cleansing, car parking, property letting, the market, and local tax and benefit administration.

Products and services

Trees for Babies

The Council is keen to encourage the planting of trees in people’s gardens and to promote the many benefits that trees bring to the city. To this end, they’ll give you a tree to plant in your garden to mark your baby’s birth.

If you live in Cambridge and have room in your garden, you can claim a tree on behalf of your child of up to four years old. We also welcome applications from people who wish to celebrate an adoption or to commemorate a loved one. 

If you don’t have a garden or space to plant a tree, you could ask your place of work or your child’s nursery or school whether they have space to plant a tree. The tree must be planted in Cambridge. 

You can choose from a range of trees that have been selected for their seasonal interest and attractive features. Whether your garden is large or small, there should be a suitable tree for you.

The best time of year to plant your tree is between November and February. Therefore trees are ordered in September – any applications received after 31 August are kept until the following September.

City services

See the reference url below contacts information regarding these services, which are undertaken for other Council departments:

  • Street cleaning
  • Domestic and trade waste collection
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Housing maintenance
Chief Executive's department

See the reference url below for more details of the following services:

  • Reception and Information
  • Electoral Registration and Elections
  • Public Entertainment Licensing
  • Committee Administration
  • Members' Support
  • Mayoralty and Twinning
  • Communications
  • Equal Opportunities in Service Delivery
  • Community Safety
  • Corporate Management
  • Co-ordination and Publication of Audit Commission Performance Indicators
  • Emergency Planning
  • Internal Ombudsman
Cambridge Living Wage

Providing a Living Wage is:

Good for business

  • Reduction in staff turnover and sickness rates
  • Less absenteeism
  • Improved staff morale and productivity
  • Better retention of staff
  • Recruitment of committed staff
  • Reputation as an ethical employer

Good for the worker

  • Workers are able to provide properly for themselves and their family
  • They are less reliant on benefits
  • They don’t have to work excessive hours
  • They have more time for their family

Good for Cambridge

  • The living wage reduces the burden on taxpayers making up for low wages
  • Cambridge continues its reputation for first-rate business and high-quality workforce


For more information including advice on how to become an accredited Living Wage employer please see:

FINANCE (including local taxation and benefits)
The reference url below gives contacts for more details on the following services:

The reference url below gives contacts for more details on the following services:

Arts, Entertainment, Festivals, Fairs & Activities
Conference Services
Discount Schemes (City Leisurecard)
Entertainment Venue: The Cambridge Corn Exchange
Equipment Hire Service
Grants for Voluntary Organisations
Leaflet & Poster Distribution
Leisure & Recreation
Marketing & Graphic Design Service
National Lottery advice
Parks & Open Spaces
Playgrounds & Play Equipment
Sports Facilities
Sports Pitch Bookings
Sports Courses
Swimming Pools
Tourist Information
The reference url below gives contacts for more details on the following services:

Architecture & Building Services
Car Parks
Engineering Services
Information Technology for the Council
Legal Services to the Council
Local Land Charges: searches and inquiries
Property Services
Refusecollection (including waste from trade premises), public conveniences and street cleaning
Taxicard and Shopmobility schemes for disabled people
See the reference url below for more details of the following services:

Building Control Service
Development Control Service
Environmental Improvements
Historic Buildings And Conservation Areas
Planning Enforcement Service
Planning Policy & Research Service (including Cambridge Local PlanTree Preservation And Planting
Community Services (Housing, Environment and Community Development)
The reference url below gives contacts for details of the following services:


DISEASE Investigation of Outbreaks of infectious diseases, including food poisoning.DOGS Control of strays and fouling.
FOOD Inspection of premises, investigation of complaints and food hazards.
INSECTS Control of insects and other pests.
LICENSING Of Hackney Carriages, Private hire cars, Street trading and Street collection.
POLLUTION Investigation of pollution of air, land and water, including noise
RECYCLING How to recycle your waste
SAFETY Inspection of offices, shops and restaurants and advice on asbestos removal


CARECALL SERVICE Alarm phone to warden (for vulnerable people at home)
ENERGY CONSERVATION Advice on Home Energy Conservation for the private and public sector.
HOUSING ADVICE Private and for tenants
HOME AID SERVICE Advice and assistance in adequate homes for the elderly and disabled
HOUSING MANAGEMENT The management of the Council's housing stock of about 9,700 properties.
HOUSING NEEDS REGISTRATION For allocation of applicants to Housing Association and Council homes.
MULIPLE OCCUPATION Inspection and registration of houses in multiple occupation.
RACIAL HARASSMENT SERVICE Investigation of racial harrasment in both private and public sector housing.
RENOVATION GRANTS Advice ans assistance with home renovation grants in the private sector.



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