Chelmsford City Council

Apply for a suspension

All of our car parks are open but our multi-storeys are now closed at 7pm until further notice due to lockdown restrictions. We are also offering some free parking for NHS staff. You can read full details of the scheme and all our changes to parking arrangements.

We grant suspensions to keep restricted bays clear of vehicles when tradespeople need to carry out utility work or gain access.

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We grant suspensions on:

  • permit parking bays
  • limited waiting bays
  • pay and display bays

To apply for a suspension, you will need:

  • to ideally apply at least 15 working days before you need the suspension so that we have time to process it
  • your name and contact details
  • the location of the suspension
  • the number of bays you need suspended
  • your Essex County Council permit number, if you have one
  • the dates you need the suspension
  • the reason you need the suspension
  • to prove a 24-hour emergency contact number

Once we receive your application, we will:

  • acknowledge your application
    We will acknowledge your application as soon as possible
  • visit the location
    We will visit the location where you have asked for the suspension and confirm that it will not:
  • cause problems with traffic flow
  • be an inconvenience to other road users or nearby residents
  • cause a health and safety hazard
  • notify you of our decision
    We will contact you within ten days of visiting the location. We will confirm whether we have decided to reject or grant your suspension.
    If we reject your application, you will not be able to suspend the parking bay.
    If we grant your application and you need to pay a fee, you will need to pay the correct fee for your Council area. We will also confirm the fee you need to pay.

  • put up temporary notices
    We will put up temporary notices on site, displaying what is suspended and how long the suspension is in place.

Before the parking bay suspension begins, you will need to:

  • plan how to minimise disruption to residents if the suspension is in a residential area. For example, by completing the works in stages
  • notify nearby residents and businesses who the suspension may affect

During the parking pay suspension, you will need to:

  • cone or barrier off the bays
  • provide traffic management
  • only allow commercial vehicles who are directly involved with the works to park in the suspended bays

After the parking pay suspension, you will need to remove the temporary notices we put up.

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    Last updated: 08 April 2021

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