Special Events on Roads

Are you thinking of organising an event on a public road?

Local Councils have been given new powers to close roads or restrict traffic to allow certain events to take place. These might include sporting events such as a Fun Run or Marathon, social events including Street Parties or other forms of entertainment eg concerts held on a public road.

Notices of Proposed Special Events 

After public notification and consultation with various statutory bodies including the emergency services, and after receiving the consent of the Department for Infrastructure (Roads), Council will determine if a Road Closure Order is to be made.

Please note however, that consent cannot be given to a Road Closure where is it determined that the event can reasonably be held on other than a public road ie that there is a suitable off road alternative.

At the early planning stages for an event, a risk assessment must be undertaken by an event organiser to first determine whether a road closure or restriction will be necessary.

There are certain costs and charges associated with this the road closure process and it is important that if you are considering organising an event that you contact the Council before making any arrangements so that we can help you through the process. Applicants must allow a minimum of 12 weeks for Council to process the application which includes a public consultation on the proposed arrangements.

If you have any questions relating to these new arrangements then please do not hesitate to contact us on:

T: 0300 124 5000 or E:

The DfI Guidance Note for Promoters of Events which has been produced by the Department for Infrastructure gives full details of what is included in this legislation (see link below)

There are a number of activities which are not "special events" for the purposes of this legislation.  These are:

  • Public Processions
  • Motor Road Races
  • Cycle Races or Trials

Applicants should note that although the legislation provides the power to prohibit or restrict the use of a public road, pedestrian access to any premises situated on or adjacent to the road or any other premises accessible for pedestrians from, and only from, the road must be maintained at all times.

Further information can also be obtained by visiting the Department for Infrastucture website.