Chelmsford City Council

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Find a car park

We own and maintain several car parks in the Chelmsford area. Our car parks offer a range of short-term, long-term and mixed stay parking.

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From Monday 6 April 2020, all our car parks will be cashless. You can read more about cashless parking. In addition, some of our car park prices are increasing from 1 April. You can view and download our new tariffs.

We have decided to close High Chelmer, Meadows Retail and Townfield Street car parks. All our other car parks remain open as usual. You can read full details of all our other changes to parking arrangements. We have launched a new parking dispensation scheme for food delivery companies during the coronavirus outbreak. You can find out how to apply.

High Chelmer

Location of entrance
Length of stay
Short stay

Coronavirus update

This car park is now closed to everyone except Essex County Council permit holders.
Number of spaces
Disabled spaces
Disabled access
Motorcycle parking
Number of motorcycle spaces
Location of motorcycle spaces
The furthest left entry lane
Fees for motorcycles
Machine type
Pay on foot
Payment type
  • Credit/debit card
  • Contactless
  • Coins
  • Notes
When to make payment
You must pay when you return to your vehicle and before you leave the car park (this includes paying at the barrier)
Height restriction
2 metres
Opening times
6.30am to 8.30pm, Monday to Friday, closed at weekends (ECC permit holders only)
Bank holiday opening times
8am to 7pm
Charging period
6.30am to 8.30pm, Monday to Friday, closed at weekends
Season Ticket available

Monday to Saturday, 6am to 9:59pm

  • Up to one hour: £1.40
  • Up to two hours: £2.50
  • Up to three hours: £3.20
  • Up to four hours: £4.70
  • Up to five hours: £7.50
  • Up to six hours: £8.50
  • Up to seven hours: £10.50
  • Up to eight hours: £14.50
  • Over eight hours: £18

Sundays, 6am to 5:59pm

  • Up to one hour: £1.40  
  • Up to two hours: £2.50  
  • Up to three hours: £3.20
  • Over three hours: £4.70

Monday to Saturday, 5pm to 9:59pm

  • Evenings, up to one hour: £1.20  
  • Evenings, up to two hours: £2.30  
  • Evenings, over two hours: £2.50

Other charges

  • Evenings, up to one hour (Sunday, 5pm to 5:59pm): £1.20
  • Market traders (Monday to Saturday, 6am to 9:59pm): £4  
  • Overnight: £2.50
If your vehicle is locked in after hours and you wish to be released, you will need to pay a £50 fee.


If you lose your ticket, you will have to pay an £18 fee.

You can't reserve a space in this car park.
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If you are locked in one of our car parks after it closes, you can call 01245 606299. You will need to pay a £50 release fee.

If you lose your ticket in a car park with a barrier, you will need to pay an £18 lost ticket fee. This applies to High Chelmer, Meadows Retail and Townfield Street.

If you are a Blue Badge holder, you can park in a disabled bay for the first three hours. After three hours, you will need to pay normal prices.

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