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Road closure for an event

Apply to close a road to hold a demonstration, parade or sporting, social or entertainment event. The green button below will take you to our self service portal where you will need to either log in or register to access the online application form.

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Are you planning to hold a demonstration, parade or sporting, social or entertainment event?

If the answer is yes, you may require the closure of a road. This page will provide you with the background information you will need to be aware of in order to submit an application to the local co-ordination manager.

For information on street parties, please take a look at our street parties and fetes page.

You can apply by:

  • Clicking on the green button, or
  • Completing and emailing us a downloadable version of the application form attached to this page

Guidance and advice for persons organising events within the public highway - general

Before an event is organised within the public highway, you're advised to contact West Mercia Police Headquarters, Hindlip Hall, Worcester (telephone: 0300 333 3000).

Safety on the highway

Roads affected by the event should be identified and advice taken with regard to road safety. In most cases where the event will affect traffic movement a road closure order is required, and the attached form should be completed and sent to the highway authority giving plenty of notice, ideally about two months before the event. If a road is to be closed, a suitable diversion route for vehicles must be signed correctly - advice can be sought from the local planning officer. The signing of the diversion and road closure can be carried out by one of the many traffic management companies listed in the phone book. Again, advice will be given by the council's events planning officer.

An assessment of the risks involved in holding the event on the public highway should be carried out, identifying all possible hazards and precautions to be taken to ensure the safety of all persons attending, including stewards, helpers, members of the public etc. A written copy of this assessment should be attached to the road closure application. If outside contractors are to be used at your event the organiser should ensure that they have carried out their own risk assessment.

The organisers are responsible under law for the safety of all persons attending the event, including helpers, the public and paid staff.

Public liability insurance

Event organisers are advised to have public liability insurance. If external contractors are being used, the organisers must ensure that they have their own public liability insurance.

Publicity prior to the event

All types of event held within the public highway have one thing in common - they'll be outside or near someone’s property and may affect their enjoyment of that property or their access to and from it. This should be borne in mind when organising an event within the highway, and contact should be made with all persons likely to be affected in any way. Contact can be made via a knock on the door and chat, a card/leaflet drop to all affected properties, articles in the local press/media, or distribution of posters (but not fly posting) around the area.

In all cases, give an explanation of what the event entails, such as road closures, and a contact number of someone who is able to sort out problems satisfactorily before the event. Remember it may not just be properties in the road where the event is held that may be affected; take care to look at a map to ensure that everyone likely to be impacted upon is informed. Be a good neighbour - this is the organiser’s responsibility.