Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Colchester Borough Council is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to 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, 170KB)

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

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