Make a complaint

If you are telling us about something for the first time, please give us the opportunity to put things right before complaining by contacting the school, community centre or service directly in the first instance. To do this, go to the service you want from the services list in the header of this page.

If you have tried reporting the problem and it has not been resolved, you can make a complaint using our online form:

You can also make a complaint in person at any council office or by contacting our Customer Feedback Team by telephone or in writing:

Customer Feedback Team
Business Hub 6
First Floor South
Marischal College
Broad Street
AB10 1AB

01224 523058

Please describe your complaint in as much detail as possible. Tell us:

  • your full name and address
  • what happened and when
  • who was involved
  • what should have happened
  • how you want us to resolve the matter

We follow a complaints handling procedure to make sure that every complaint is dealt with fairly and sorted out as quickly as possible.

Help making a complaint

If you are unable or reluctant to make a complaint yourself you can ask a friend, relative or advocate to make one for you. If you would prefer for an advocate to act on your behalf, you can contact the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance for advice on those available in your area. You must give the person making the complaint permission to act on your behalf by completing a Third Party Consent to Disclose Form.

How long do I have to make a complaint?

You can make a complaint up to 6 months after the event happened, or 6 months after finding out that you have reason to complain but no more than 12 months after the event itself.

In exceptional circumstances, we may accept a complaint after the time limit.

Common issues

Complaints about the following issues are dealt with differently, and not under our complaints handling procedure. We will pass on these complaints to the correct team where possible, or you may wish to contact them directly. For more information, please use the links provided below:

  • Social Work Comments or Complaints: For more information about the social work complaint handling procedure.

  • Care Inspectorate: If your complaint relates to a care service we provide, you can complain to the Care Inspectorate.

  • Coronavirus Regulations - If you have concerns about a business in Aberdeen that is not complying with physical distancing you can report your concern using our business restrictions reporting form.

  • Corporate Insurance: If you wish to make a claim, please contact the department or service directly.

  • If you don't think you should have received a Parking Penalty Charge Notice or Bus Lane Enforcement Charge Notice, you have the right to appeal.

  • Antisocial Behaviour Investigation Team (ASBIT): If you are experiencing antisocial behaviour from your neighbours, ASBIT may be able to help.

  • Area Housing Offices: If there are any issues regarding communal areas in your Council-owned building, your local Housing Office should be notified.

  • Guidance notes for the job application process: Information and advice about our recruitment process is available.

  • Councillors: Complaints against Councillors should be referred to The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland (CESPLS).

  • External Committee Members: External Members are anyone who is on a committee and isn't a Councillor. Please write to: Chief Officer - Governance, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AQ or email:

  • Outside bodies: Organisations, such as Sport Aberdeen, have their own complaints procedures. Please contact them directly.

  • If you wish to make a complaint regarding someone committing fraud against the Council, including blue badge and parking permit abuse, you can use our online report fraud form.

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