Chelmsford City Council

Chelmsford High Street

The markets are now operating as normal.

Our High Street is a thriving vibrant place, with lots going on, meaning we have to balance the needs of residents, visitors and businesses. 

We have put together this page to help you understand what you can and can’t do in the High Street.

For more details on what's on in Chelmsford and other attractions across the city, you can visit  Chelmsford For You.

If you are a local business, you can view our coronavirus page for businesses.



We only allow banners that promote local non-profit or cultural civic events or activities. We do not accept banners for commercial advertising.

If you wish to put up a qualifying banner in the city centre, you can apply for banner space.

We have banners in:

  • Backnang Square
  • Bell Meadow
  • Central Park (near play area)
  • Kings Head Walk (Odeon bridge area)
  • Marconi Plaza
  • Retail Market (bus terminus under multi-storey car park)
  • Stonebridge Walk (river railings between Stone Bridge and New London Road)

You can put up one qualifying banner for free in the location of your choice for up four weeks before your event.

All other posters with advertising material are banned as part of our Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for the city centre


Busking is allowed in the High Street, subject to certain conditions. You can find more details in our Busking Policy.


Charity collections

If you wish to collect money for charity in the High Street, you can find full details on how to apply on our Street collections page. 

Face coverings in shops

From Friday 24 July, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops in England. 

A face covering is anything that covers the nose and mouth. It can be a homemade face mask, one you've bought, a ski buff or even just a nice scarf wrapped around the lower part of your face. 

Face coverings protect other people from any germs you might be carrying without knowing it. Wearing one will help other people feel safer.

You can find out more about the regulations for wearing a face covering and who is exempt. 

If you are exempt, you may wish to display a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower.



You will need to apply to us for filming consent if you wish to film in:

  • the High Street
  • Duke Street
  • the Retail Market
  • one of our parks

To film in the city centre, you will need to pay £100 per permit, unless you are a charity or a political group.

If you wish to film anywhere else in the city centre, you will need to apply to the relevant landowner (such as the shopping centre owner or the highway authority) for permission.



We have a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in place in Chelmsford city centre, which means you are not allowed to distribute free literature in the High Street.

You can read more about our PSPO.


Hiring a space or holding an event in the High Street

If you would like to use Chelmsford High Street for commercial, voluntary or fundraising activities, you need to submit a booking application.

You can find out more about booking the High Street.


We operate an outdoor market in the High Street every Friday and Saturday, which features a selection of local and international food and produce.

You can find out more about the High Street market.


If there is a problem with the river, such as pollution, illegal fishing or fish in trouble, you need to contact the Environment Agency.

Rough sleepers

We are aware of all the people sleeping rough or begging in Chelmsford. We work hard with our partner agencies, including homeless charities, to help vulnerable people access the help they need to get off the streets.

If you are concerned about someone who you think is homeless, you can  send an alert to StreetLink.


Shopmobility is a free service that we operate where you can borrow scooters and wheelchairs to make Chelmsford city centre more accessible. 

You can find out more about Shopmobility.

Tables and chairs licence

You need a licence if you want to put tables and chairs outside your cafe or restaurant. You can find out how to apply for a licence.

Taxi ranks

There are a number of taxi ranks across the city centre. You can view our list of taxi ranks.


You can visit Chelmsford For Youto find out about shopping, dining and culture in Chelmsford.

Other questions

If you have a question about the High Street that is not answered here, you can contact us.

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    Last updated: 01 March 2021

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