Changes to Bereavement Services
The number of attendees permitted at crematoria and cemetery services is still a maximum of 20.The Scottish Government guidance on who should attend remains the same and states that it should only be household members of the person who has died and close family, if no family then it can be a friend of the person who has died can attend.
In all cases, physical distancing and hygiene precautions must be observed. Click here for more information
Service disruptions to Council customer service centres
Our six main centres remain open, but you must have an appointment before visiting us. Many appointments will be carried out over the phone. For more information, go to www.fife.gov.uk/contact-us
Service disruptions to Community Use facilities
Due to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, and in-line with Scottish Government and Public Health guidance, many community facilities, halls & centres and community use schools have been closed since March 2020. (The only exception being venues supporting the food hubs and other emergency community support.)
See full details of what you can and can't do during this temporary lockdown (as of 5th January 2021) at www.gov.scot
Service disruption to waste and recycling services
Click the link here for more info on severe weather disruption to our services.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we will likely have to introduce changes to our waste and recycling services over the coming weeks depending on staffing levels and government guidance. Click here for more information
Service disruption to Building Services
Advice for council tenants, all kitchen/bathroom replacements work has been put on hold. The Replacements team will be in touch to rearrange this work once they are in a position to do so. Emergency repairs and outside work only. Please click here for more information.
Service disruption to Registrar Services
Deaths and still-births
Please see our Register a death page for all the information you'll need.
Please see our Register a birth page for all the information you'll need.
Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies
Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies numbers have been reduced to a maximum of 5 people, during this temporary lockdown. Physical distancing needs to remain in place and only where venues are able to allow that number to attend safely.
Please see our Ceremonies page for the latest Government advice on social distancing.
Applying for a house
The Fife Housing Register team are still assessing applications, but we may not be able to meet our normal timescales. Please continue to submit new housing applications and updates to existing applications and we will respond as soon as we can.
Allocation of Housing and Housing Management
As we move through recovery, we are now allocating properties and priority will be given to:
- existing council tenants on the housing register to increase housing transfers which will create more empty properties to help meet the needs of other households.
- housing applicants in need from the Fife Housing Register, particularly to assist those that are homeless or at risk of homelessness and those living in poor or vulnerable housing circumstances.
We have also re-opened the Mutual Exchange system again to help tenants move to a more appropriate home where an exchange can be found
Please find out more information here.
Transport community service
To protect our most vulnerable clients and staff during these very challenging times, FifeBus services (Dial-a-ride and Ring & ride) have been suspended until further notice.
Bus stations & public transport
We want everyone to stay safe when travelling and using our bus stations during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve updated our advice for passengers, including on the mandatory use of face coverings in our bus stations and on public transport.
Parking charges on-street and within all Fife Council car parks, along with time limits on Fife Council parking places are suspended from 11th January until further notice. For more information, please click here.
Due to the current unprecedented circumstances, we can no longer commit to the processing of a Blue Badge application in the previously agreed timescale of 6-12 weeks. The team will continue to process applications and order Blue Badges as quickly as they can, however, in these difficult circumstances, processing times will inevitably be longer.
Badge holders whose badge has date expired, after the 1st January 2020, and who have not managed to renew their badge, can continue to use their Blue Badge, without penalty, up until 28th February 2021 in Fife Council car parks and on-street parking.
Meals on Wheels Service
For social distancing your delivery driver may need to leave your meal at the door. If you have mobility issues or are unable to get to the door, allowances can be made only where needed, if this is the case please let us know. Click here for more information about the Meals on Wheels service.
Licensing and permits
We’re currently issuing renewals from the backlog of applications we had in the office before 24th March. All current licence holders as of 24th March will be given an extra 3 or 4 months on the expiry date of their licence, at renewal, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
We sent 700 renewal reminder letters out in the post at the beginning of July, for those applicants who had or have licences expiring between 24th March 2020 and 31st August 2020.
All applications should now be accessed online and we've detailed this in the letters applicants receive. We’ve asked employers to assist with completing these forms online, if some applicants don’t have access to a computer.
If anyone calls or goes through the web chat service, they can still be directed to either of the following:
- Our email address: Misc.firstname.lastname@example.org or
- Our telephone numbers: 03451555555 ext 442299 or 442166
You can also keep up-to-date on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/fclicensingnews