Our car parks

Please click on one of the car parks in the map below, or the navigation bar above, to view further information.



Overnight parking

Overnight and evening parking is available at many of our sites. Please see the individual car park pages for further details.



Chelmsford is proud to have obtained ParkMark Safer Parking awards for all of its key city centre sites. These awards are granted for security, lighting, cleanliness and management of the operation.


Live information

Our major car parks have Variable Message Signage on the approach roads, to indicate how many spaces are available. You can also get real-time information about car park availability via the button link on the right.


Payment systems

15 of our car parks offer a Pay & Display system and are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Credit card payment is available in most of these car parks for customers wishing to stay for four hours or longer. Payment is made on arrival at the car park and a valid ticket must be clearly displayed in your windscreen at these car parks. All of our Pay & Display machines are solar powered.

Four of our car parks provide a Pay On Foot facility which enables customers to spend longer in the city if required. Payment is made before leaving these sites.


Resident Permit and Visitor Permit/Ticket applications

You can apply for a permit or tickets under the Resident Permit Scheme by clicking on the purple button to the right of this page marked "Apply for permits or tickets here".


Payment can be made online by credit or debit card (except American Express).


Please note that currently, online applications can only be made for properties in Chelmsford and Rochford.


Other private Meadows car parks

Please note that there are four different car parks called "Meadows". Two of these are run by the Council (Meadows Retail Short Stay Multi-Storey car park and Meadows Surface Short Stay car park), but two are privately run.


The private car park for the Meadows shopping centre (next to the centre and opposite the Odeon cinema, in Baddow Road) is run by a company called Q-Park. The private Meadows Surface car park (in Springfield Road/High Bridge Road) is run by Euro Car Parks. Please see External Links for more information on these private car parks.


Please note that this map does not include any privately-owned car parks.


About our car parks

Chelmsford City Council operates:


  • 19 public car parks in the city
  • four parish car parks, and
  • two Park & Ride sites.


We recognise the needs of our different customers and therefore provide a mixture of long and short stay facilities to cater for commuters, local businesses, retailers, shoppers and visitors to the city.



PayByPhone is now available in many of Chelmsford’s car parks; click on the link above to find out more.


External Links

Meadows Multi-Storey car park
Meadows Surface car park 

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