Renfrewshire Council

Last reviewed: 17.45 Thursday 24 September

Changes to Council services

This webpage provides details of any changes to Council services as we follow national guidance to manage the impact of Coronavirus. It will be updated regularly with the latest information so please check back here for guidance.

On this page:

Customer Services

Are you able to carry out your enquiry online? If you can use this website, please do so.

Our Emergency Contacts booklet outlines exactly what you can do online. You can also email us via Customer Services or you can call 0300 300 0300.

Our Customer Service Centres in Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew are closed for in-person services.

Enquiries relating to Council Tax, rent payments for Council tenancies and Blue Badge applications are not available at the customer service centres. You can complete these online at MyAccount.

Bins, waste and recycling

Bin collections continue as normal at this time and this is being kept under review. If you are sick or self-isolating, you should take extra precautions when disposing of your waste - including keeping any tissues, wipes or similar items separate, double bagging them and leaving them for 72 hours before putting with your other waste.

Please be patient as our teams are working at capacity just now. If we miss your bin on our collections, you can report it here -  Tell us about a missed bin

We have been following national guidance on the closure of our Household Waste Recycling Centres and all our sites are currently open, with additional health and safety measures in place and varying opening hours.

We've worked hard to put measures in place to allow us to open safely for the public and for our key workers. This involved redesigning layouts to ensure physical distancing can take place and arranging traffic management to ease any potential congestion.

All normally accepted items can be brought to our sites - although it remains cars-only and you'll need proof of residency and ID.

Vans, pickups and cars with trailers can visit our Linwood site only - find out if your vehicles is included here - HWRCs.

You can find more detailed information about changes to these services here: Bins, waste and recycling

Schools and nurseries

Our schools and nurseries are currently open, in line with national guidance.

You can read more on this webpage: Schools and nurseries advice on Coronavirus

Thank you to all our staff who are caring for our young people and children during this time.

Health and Social Care

Changes to health and social care services, including social work, care homes and day centres, are available on the Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership website.

Social work offices are closed but social workers can make visits or give advice and assistance over the phone. You can call Social Work during normal weekday hours on 0300 300 1199 or outwith these hours/ in an emergency on 0300 343 1505.

Please remember - if your concerns are about paying bills and household expenses, help and advice is available, including around crisis grants, here: Benefits, money and debt

Benefits, money and debt advice

The Coronavirus outbreak has created or increased financial hardship for many. The Scottish and UK Governments have introduced new schemes to provide financial support at this difficult time.

If you have concerns around paying your bills, mortgage and/or council tax, there is free, impartial and confidential advice available here - Benefits, money and debt.

Registering births, deaths and marriages

Please check our Births, Marriages and Deaths page for details on registration services. 

If you have an urgent enquiry, please email our Registrar team or call 0300 300 0310.

Support for businesses, employees and the self-employed

The Council and Scottish and UK Governments have been announcing measures to support the business community.

The latest information, including how to apply for support, is available here: Support for businesses, employees and the self-employed.

Jobs and employability

Employment support is available by calling Invest in Renfrewshire on 0300 300 1180 or by emailing Invest in Renfrewshire.

Our jobs and employability hub at the Russell Institute in Paisley is closed but all of our advisors are working from home and are available to help.


Anyone who becomes homeless in Renfrewshire can contact our team 24/7 by calling 0800 121 4466.

The Abercorn Street and George Street buildings are currently closed.

We are only able to respond to emergency home repair requests for the moment. If you need this service, please call 0300 300 0300. 

The Homexchange Shop at Moss Street is closed but you can contact our team at 0300 300 0222.

Please visit our Housing page for the latest information on changes to Housing services.

Building Standards and Planning

We're not able to conduct any face-to-face meetings, but we can still be contacted and you can use the website.

Building Standards


More detailed information is available here: Planning and building standards.

Events, parks, sport and leisure venues

Renfrewshire Council will not be progressing with the remainder of its events programme this year, as part of ongoing measures to help to manage the coronavirus pandemic and minimise the risk of local outbreaks.

In-person services and facilities, including the gyms and pools operated by Renfrewshire Leisure, reopened on 14 September - find out more on the Renfrewshire Leisure website.

Renfrewshire Leisure has reopened libraries with a click and collect service in place at all 12 across the area. Returns will also be facilitated. Find out more - Libraries in Renfrewshire.

Cultural venues and community halls are closed. Groups with regular bookings or scheduled events have been contacted.

More detailed information is available here: Events, parks, sport and leisure venues.

StreetScene requests

At this time, we are only able to respond to reports of dangerous or fallen trees. Please report any issues emailing Customer Services or calling 0300 300 0300.