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Useful resources - Essex county councils


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 Parishes Map.


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Essex County Council

Essex County Council

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

Tel: 08457 430 430



District and Borough Councils

Basildon Council

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

Tel: 01268 533333



Braintree District Council

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

Tel: 01376 552525



Brentwood Borough Council

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

Tel: 01277 312500



Castle Point Borough Council

Kiln Road, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex SS7 1TF

Tel: 01268 882200



Chelmsford City Council

Duke Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1JE

Tel: 01245 606606


Colchester Borough Council

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

Tel: 01206 282222


Epping Forest District Council

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

Tel: 01992 564000



Harlow Council

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

Tel: 01279 446655



Maldon District Council

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

Tel: 01621 854477



Rochford District Council

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

Tel: 01702 546366


Tendring District Council

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

Tel: 01255 686868


Uttlesford District Council

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

Tel: 01799 510510



Unitary Authorities

Southend on Sea Borough Council

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

Tel: 01702 215000



Thurrock Council

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

Tel: 01375 652652




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