Accessibility statement

Epping Forest District Council is committed to ensuring this website is accessible to everyone. We aim to continually review our web pages and modify them to ensure that they are accessible for all users. Our content is checked for plain English and we aim to use a written style that is straightforward and understandable.
We follow a list of accessibility guidelines when designing our website and content these include:

  • Maintain a standard layout and navigation system throughout
  • Use headings, paragraphs, lists and other HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) to create a logical document structure
  • Allow visitors to resize all text
  • Use plain backgrounds to improve the readability of text
  • Use foreground and background colour combinations which have sufficient contrast and are not known to cause problems for sufferers of colour-blindness
  • Use alt attributes on all images and ensure that all titles are meaningful
  • Design layouts to work satisfactorily at a range of screen resolutions
  • Ensure all hyperlinks use descriptive and meaningful text, avoiding short-hand language like Click here
  • Provide internal anchors for visitors using screen readers or similar technology
  • Always provide an alternative to scripts or other controls which rely on client device capability.
  • Ensuring that Adobe PDF is used for all documents published online, and that where possible these documents are in a format which can be used with screen readers. If you don't have the software to read pdf files, you can get Adobe Acrobat Reader free of charge. Download Acrobat Reader 

You can use your browser controls, or the tool below to change font size


You can specify the font sizes, styles and colours, and foreground and background colours of Web pages displayed on your computer screen, even if the author of the Web page has already specified these. For assistance with changing your web browser setting see My web my way on the BBC Website


We have made the Google Translation service a key part of our website, to translate the site please choose from the dropdown list below:


This website has been has been tested with the following free or open source screen readers


Epping Forest District Council does not currently have any specialist assistive technologies, but there are many accessibility features built into all operating systems, with ways you can make your software, keyboard and mouse, and web browser better suit your needs. Please click on the below links to view information on the Windows, Apple and Linux Operating Systems. In addition NVDA also has many useful features: