Local COVID alert level: high

Colchester is currently defined as a 'high risk' coronavirus alert level. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will take action to minimise disruption and keep residents and visitors safe.

Coronavirus: updates, advice and guidance

Temporary buildings and structures during recovery

The Government has provided businesses with guidance on social distancing requirements to reopen safely. 

Colchester Borough Council is introducing a new process for temporary buildings, structures and changes of use to help businesses to recover from the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The changes are intended to make it easier for businesses to accommodate more physical space – including being able to place more tables and chairs out. 

Your business may use a temporary structure to: 

  • achieve compliance with the latest government advice on social distancing
  • help you to restart trading

Businesses that want to use a temporary structure must contact us with their plan. 

For full details, please read our process for permitting temporary structures and buildings (PDF, 120KB)

Make an enquiry about using a temporary structure 

When enquiring, you must include all essential supporting information. 

This can be found on the enquiry list.  

Forward this information in full to temp.structures@colchester.gov.uk

If we agree that you may erect a temporary structure without formal planning permission, it will have to be removed within six months. After this time, a formal application will be required.  

Page last reviewed: 14 May 2020