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The Council has about 384 sites that are rented out on a long term basis to beach hut owners. The sites are on Victoria Esplanade between Seaview Avenue and Broomhills Road. Within this area there is a site known as the Spinney that is not owned by the Council.
Residents and non-residents can rent sites but they provide and maintain their own beach huts. We also rent out some sites to charities. The Beach huts are very popular and all sites are rented out at present. We do not operate a waiting list. We do not have any beach huts that we rent out for short term holiday lets
You need to find a Beach Hut owner who wants to sell their beach hut. Owners who want to sell their beach huts will usually either put a notice on their beach hut or advertise in the local press. When you purchase the beach hut you need to make sure that the owner completes a transfer form and pays a transfer fee. You should also make sure that there are no unpaid site fees.
The Beach Hut owner will decide the selling price of the hut. The Council charges a site rental that is payable in advance each year from 1 April. The charge varies with the size and position of the site. You will pay more for a front row beach hut than for a beach hut on another row. We charge a reduced fee for Colchester Borough residents and a special rate for charities. There is a 25% concession for those in receipt of specific means tested benefits. Please be aware that ownership of Beach Huts is subject to National Non Domestic Rate (NNDR), particularly if you are a small business owner. However, it may be possible to claim up to 100% relief for NNDR. For further information and to check if you are eligible to claim a discount, please visit www.colchester.gov.uk/SBRR
In the event of NNDR being payable, an extra invoice will be generated.
Site Rental = Colchester Borough Residents (inc. VAT)
Front Row - small (2.44m x 3.05m)
Front Row - large (3.05m x 3.66m)
Other Row - small (2.44m x 3.05m)
Other Row - large (3.05m x 3.66m)
Site Rental - Non Borough Residents (inc. VAT)
Plot rental for commercial hire of beach huts
Front Row - small (2.44 x 3.05)
Front Row - large (3.05 x 3.66)
Other Row - small (2.44 x 3.05)
Other Row - large (3.05 x 3.66)
Other relevant fees.
Deck chair hire for 1 year
Sailing board hire for 1 year
Large front row Charity
You can claim a reduced rate for beach hut hire if you belong to one of the groups listed below. The table also shows the type of evidence we need to process your application.
Award letter (dated within 6 months).
Income based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income related Employment and Support Allowance
Award letter (dated within 6 months
Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
Award letter (dated within 1 year).
Working Tax Credit (gross income is £16,010 or less)
Child Tax Credit (gross income is £16,010 or less)
People not in receipt of a benefit but on a low income
Award letter (dated within 6 months)
Business Rates - payable in addition to the licence fee. Please visit our website for information regarding Business Rates payable on a Beach Hut, www.colchester.gov.uk/businessrates
Customers who own one beach hut may qualify for Small Business Rate Relief, customers who own two or more beach huts, may qualify for Small Business Rates Relief on one property, provided they meet the criteria. Small Business Rate Relief will be applied automatically, no application is required, If you believe you are entitled to this relief and haven't received it please contact our Business Rates Team. More information on Small Business Rate Relief is available on the Business Rates page of the website. The general contact number for Business Rates is 282300
The Transfer Fee for all Beach Huts is £283.37 Cheques payable to Colchester Borough Council with a completed transfer form or letter of confirmation with your signature(s). Transfers to a husband, wife, child, parent or sibling are free of charge.
Download the form here
New arrangements are now available for those beach hut owners who wish to offer their beach huts for hire in return for a rental fee. A Beach Hut Agreement (Commercial) is now available. This agreement is specifically worded to permit the commercial hire of beach huts on Council land. If this is an area that interests you please refer to the agreement which can be found in the link on this page. The annual charge for the commercial agreement is 2.5 times the standard resident agreement rental. For those beach hut owners who intend to use their beach hut for their own personal enjoyment only and do not wish to offer their huts for commercial hire there are no changes to the previous arrangement. If you wish to take up a Beach Hut Agreement (Commercial) in place of your standard beach hut agreement please consider the agreement and declarations below. Please contact us at the address via the link provided and we will be able to progress your application.
Beach Hut Commercial Licence
Beach Hut Commercial Licence Statutory Notice
Beach Hut Commercial Licence Declaration
If you need more help or information please contact us:
Telephone: 01206 508805
Write to: Parks and Recreation, Colchester Borough Council, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3WG