Council garages - apply to rent a garage

Did you know that we have council garages available to rent?

Rent a council garage

We have a number of council garages throughout the district, which can be rented by council tenants and non-council tenants.

Just let us know your preferred village location when you apply to rent a garage and we'll see what we have available.

Unfortunately we don't have garages in every village in our district and our council garages are very popular, so we may not have availability in your preferred location.

However, even if the site you prefer is not available at the moment, you can still apply and be placed on the waiting list for that garage site.

When one becomes available we will contact you.

Apply to rent a council garage using our online application form.


We will not accept a garage application from:

  • Tenants with rent arrears for a council property or garage
  • anyone who owes money from a former tenancy of Council property or garage
  • anyone who has had a council garage repossessed
  • anyone giving false information when applying for a garage

You can still apply if you already have one and need another.

Our garages are not rented out for storage purposes.

You will also need to confirm that you own a vehicle, and give the type and registration number.

All applicants will be asked to provide 2 weeks rent in advance.

Garage rental fee as of 1 April 2016

Rent is charged per week - £8.53 for SCDC tenants and £14.11 (inc. VAT) for non-tenants.

How do I apply for a garage?

Complete an application form and indicate your preferred choice of garage village location.

Alternatively, call us on 03450 450 051 - Monday to Friday from 8am to 5.30pm. 

You will be asked for;

  • Your name
  • date of birth
  • address
  • telephone
  • email details, and 
  • whether you are a SCDC tenant. 


Garages are not rented out for storage purposes, so you will also need to confirm that you own a vehicle, and give the type and registration number.

What happens next?

The Housing Services department will write back to you within 10 days of receipt of the application form.

The letter will tell you if there is a vacant garage in your chosen area and offer this to you, or tell you that you have been placed on the waiting list if there is not one available.

If we offer you a garage, you must contact us to arrange to sign a garage tenancy agreement.

We will also tell you if you need to supply a padlock to lock the garage, or if you need to pick up a key from us.

If you have been told that you have been placed on the waiting list, the Housing Services team will notify you once a garage becomes available.

What can I store in my garage?

Garages must not be used for any purpose other than ordinary domestic use.

Paraffin, petrol, Calor Gas or any other dangerous or explosive materials must not be stored in garages, other than in small quantities for domestic use and only if contained in suitable containers.

How can I pay my rent for the garage?

There are a number of different ways to pay:

  • Monthly Direct Debit
  • Visiting the cash office at:
    Cambridge City Council Offices at Hobson House, 44 St. Andrews Street, Cambridge.
  • By GIRO card at Post Office
  • Or over the telephone 03450 455 218

Please note: VAT must be charged to garage users who are not council tenants. When you sign for your garage tenancy these options will be discussed with you.

What happens if my circumstances change?


You must notify the housing services department in writing (address/email above).

Please include in your letter/email;

  • Your garage application number or
  • garage address (as appropriate), and
  • detail any changes


We will write back to you within 10 days of receipt of your letter.

Positions on the garage waiting list


If you apply to rent a council garage and there are no vacant garages at that time, you will be placed on the waiting list.

You can contact us to find out where on the list you are at any time.

How long will I have to wait for a garage?

Unfortunately, we cannot predict when a garage will become available to rent.

Once you are at the top of the waiting list and a garage becomes available we will contact you.

Termination of council garage tenancy

If the housing department ask me to vacate the garage, how much notice would they give me?

We will give you 4 weeks written notice, to terminate on the Sunday.

How do I terminate the tenancy?

You must give 4 clear weeks written notice (to the address/email above).

You need to include in your letter to us;

  • Your name
  • address, and 
  • the garage address 


If your garage has keys, we will not terminate the tenancy until these have been received by us in the office. 


We take NO RESPONSIBILITY for any keys that are lost in the post and you may incur further costs.

What happens after I have terminated my garage tenancy?


We will write back to you within 10 days of receipt of your letter to confirm the termination date for the garage tenancy.

What do I do next?


You must ensure;

  • that your garage has been cleared and left clean and tidy.
    If the garage needs to be cleared you will incur further costs
  • make sure that any rent due on the garage is paid up until the date of termination.
  • ensure that any garage keys are returned to us, either on the day of termination or before. Failure to do this will result in rent being charged to you until the keys are received.
    Please note: If you decide to post the garage key(s) we recommend that you send them recorded delivery;we will not take responsibility for any keys lost in the post and you may incur further costs.

I have paid my last Direct Debit payment and my rent account for the garage is clear. What do I do now?

It is advisable to cancel the Direct Debit with your Bank/Building Society.

I have given notice on my garage, but have changed my mind. What should I do?

You must write to us as soon as possible informing us of your decision (address/email above).

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