Chelmsford City Council

Chelmsford, along with the rest of England, is now in lockdown until further notice. You can find out what this means and get other useful information on our coronavirus updates page.

Request a parking restriction

All of our car parks are open but our multi-storeys are now closed at 7pm until further notice due to Tier 4 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.


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We implement new parking restrictions, including resident permit zones, single yellow lines and double yellow lines to:

  • prevent dangerous or obstructive parking
  • assist with the general flow of traffic
  • improve road safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists
  • improve visibility at junctions
  • improve access for emergency services and refuse vehicles
  • deter commuter parking

To request a parking restriction, you will need:

  • your name and contact details
  • the support of your ward Councillor or Essex County Council Councillor, or both 
  • a description of the problem that you think will be solved with a parking restriction
  • to confirm that you have read the policy about implementing new parking restrictions
  • to suggest a solution to solve the problem, and the times we need to enforce it
  • to provide a petition to confirm that other residents support your suggestion, if you have collected their signatures

Once we receive your request, we will:

  • acknowledge your request
    We will acknowledge your request within ten working days of receiving it.
  • assess your request
    We will assess your request against our criteria for implementing new parking restrictions. We will also consider the accident rates, traffic flow and obstruction in your location. As all requests have their own complexities, we will keep you up to date with our investigations as they progress. 
  • approve or reject your request
    If your request does not meet our criteria, we will contact you to inform you that we have rejected your request.
    If your request does meet our criteria and funding is available, we will contact you to inform you that we approve your request. We will then propose to implement the restriction.
  • implement the restriction
    If we approve your request and can implement the restriction, we will produce a traffic order for the location. When we produce a new traffic order, we have to follow the legal process so the time this takes will vary. We will keep you up to date as the new traffic order progress. 

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    Last updated: 25 March 2020

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