The local government body for the county of Essex is Essex County Council; however, some key responsibilities relating to the provision of services to the people of Essex are also provided by District and Borough Councils, Unitary Authorities, and Town and Parish Councils.

Within the county of Essex there are twelve district and borough councils and two unitary authorities. Many of the day to day services that affect people are the responsibility of the district and borough councils. The duties of these councils include housing, local planning, refuse collection, street cleaning, organising elections and maintaining the electoral roll.

The two unitary authorities are areas where a single council is responsible for the provision of services that elsewhere are divided between district and borough councils.

There are nearly 300 town and parish councils within Essex. A list of the town and parish councils can be found on the Essex Parish Map.

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County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1QH

Telephone: 08457 430 430

Email: contact@essex.gov.uk

Website: www.essex.gov.uk

Basildon Council

The Basildon Centre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL

Telephone: 01268 533333

Email: customerservices@basildon.gov.uk

Website: www.basildon.gov.uk

Braintree District Council

Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, Essex CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525

Email: csc@braintree.gov.uk

Website: www.braintree.gov.uk

Brentwood Borough Council

Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AY

Telephone: 01277 312500

Email: enquiries@brentwood.gov.uk

Website: www.brentwood.gov.uk

Castle Point Borough Council

Kiln Road, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex SS7 1TF

Telephone: 01268 882200

Email: info@castlepoint.gov.uk

Website: www.castlepoint.gov.uk

Chelmsford City Council

Duke Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1JE

Telephone: 01245 606606

Website: www.chelmsford.gov.uk

Colchester Borough Council

Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3WG

Telephone: 01206 282222

Website: www.colchester.gov.uk

Epping Forest District Council

Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ

Telephone: 01992 564000

Email: contactus@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Website: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Harlow Council

Civic Centre, The Water Gardens, Harlow, Essex CM20 1WG

Telephone: 01279 446655

Email: contact@harlow.gov.uk

Website: www.harlow.gov.uk

Maldon District Council

Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon, Essex CM9 5DL

Telephone: 01621 854477

Email: contact@maldon.gov.uk

Website: www.maldon.gov.uk

Rochford District Council

Council Offices, South Street, Rochford, Essex SS4 1BW

Telephone: 01702 546366

Website: www.rochford.gov.uk

Tendring District Council

Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO15 1SE

Telephone: 01255 686868

Website: www.tendringdc.gov.uk

Uttlesford District Council

Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4ER

Telephone: 01799 510510

Email: uconnect@uttlesford.gov.uk

Website: www.uttlesford.gov.uk

Southend on Sea Borough Council

Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex SS2 6ER

Telephone: 01702 215000

Email: council@southend.gov.uk

Website: www.southend.gov.uk

Thurrock Council

Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex RM17 6SL

Telephone: 01375 652652

Website: www.thurrock.gov.uk