Information about council services

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we may need to make changes to some of our services at times and will be updating this page regularly. We thank you for your understanding at this time.

Customer services open for appointments only

Customer services appointments can be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10am and 12noon and between 1pm and 4pm. You can book an appointment online at or by calling our contact centre on 01858 828282, which is open Monday to Friday: 8.45am-5pm, except for Wednesday: 9:30am-5pm. 

Appointments will not be made for payments only; these should be completed online, by telephone or through the post office or direct debit if this is available.

Unfortunately, anyone dropping-in to the Council offices without an appointment will not be seen, unless they need urgent help or support, such as homelessness or facing eviction.

Leisure centres

Market Harborough Leisure Centre and Lutterworth Sports Centre are open.

View more on the websites here – Harborough Leisure Centre and Lutterworth Sports Centre and on social media.

Public toilets

Public toilets are available at the Commons car park in Market Harborough.

Opening times will be between 8:30am – 5:30pm, Monday to Sunday. Soap/water is provided inside for handwashing.

Public toilets at Little Bowden Recreation Ground and Welland Park are also open.

The Symington Building toilets are open.

Parks, play areas, and skate parks

All Harborough District Council-owned play areas and skate parks are open - with site guidance and social distancing signage in place.

Residents are urged to use the play areas and skate parks responsibly, by observing the site guidance, including social distancing and good hygiene (eg. using personal hand sanitisers). Sites will also be patrolled to ensure they are being used correctly.

Parks and open spaces in the district remain open.

Multi-use games areas (MUGAs), owned by the Council, are open with signage in place.

Tennis courts and outdoor gyms are open with signage in place.

Benches near to the café in Welland Park have reopened for use.

Harborough Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market takes place on the first Thursday of each month on The Square in Market Harborough with social distancing measures in place.

Harborough Market

Harborough Market Food Hall and General Market are open Tuesday to Saturday, 8am to 3pm, with 2m social distancing measures, controlled admittance, managed queues, a one way system and hand sanitisers in place.

Eateries within the market will reopen from Monday 17 May 2021 in line with the Government's roadmap.

Parking charges

Car parking charges apply at all Council-run car parks in the Harborough district and parking regulations are in force.

You do not have to enter your registration number at pay and display machines.

Coronavirus and Council Tax Support 

The Government has recognised, at this time, that some individuals may struggle to meet their council tax instalments and have provided Councils with a grant to support those working age customers who are in receipt of council tax support.

Due to this Government grant, council tax liability will be reduced by a maximum payment of £150 (if your bill is less than £150 your liability will be reduced to nil). This payment will automatically be allocated to your Council Tax bill provided you are in receipt of council tax support and are of working age.

Household recycling and waste sites (tips)

Household recycling and waste sites (tips), run by Leicestershire County Council are open.

Leicestershire County Council says people should only visit if it is essential though and only by appointment, with a booking system still in place.

People wishing to visit a waste site are reminded that all information about the types of waste accepted at each site, as well as links to the booking system, is available at

Leicestershire County Council - coronavirus updates

Leicestershire County Council - updates and information about local museums, libraries, highways and weddings/registrars.

Town / Parish Councils

Leicestershire & Rutland Association of Local Councils (LRALC) - information for parish and town councils