You can report issues directly to a department without using our formal complaints procedure. This is often the quickest way to get your issue resolved.
Complaints that are dealt with differently:
For schools and Derby Homes complaints, we have a separate complaints procedure, please contact us for further information.
If you don’t want to report an issue to a department, you can make a formal complaint.
The easiest way to make a complaint is online.
Alternatively, you can complete the paper complaints form and return it in the post to Derby City Council, The Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS. There are also paper complaints forms available in our reception area.
You can telephone 01332 643498. For hearing-impaired people who wish to use the telephone as a method to contact us, our minicom number is 01332 640666.
You can also visit our offices and speak to one of our customer services advisors.
Stage 1: Investigation
When we receive your formal complaint, we will ask a manager in the department to investigate your complaint. We aim to provide a full response within ten working days.
Stage 2: Appeal
If you are unhappy with the response, you can write and tell us why you are dissatisfied with the investigation and ask us to reconsider.
We will then ask a manager who has not been involved in your complaint to review it to make sure that the initial investigation was carried out properly and effectively. We aim to provide a full response within 20 working days.
Stage 3: Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman
If you are still unhappy with the result and wish to take your complaint further, you can contact the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman and ask them to review your complaint.
The Ombudsman is a free, independent service that looks into complaints about councils.