Road closure orders

You can request a road closure to allow a special event to take place, such as a community event, street party or parade.

Applying for road closure is the responsibility of the event organiser. Such closures require a temporary traffic regulation order (also known as a road closure order) approved in writing by the police.

We also publish public events safety advice.

Apply for a road closure order

Before you apply, send us details of the event, date of closure requested and full contact details. We can then provide you with more information.

We cannot deal with road closure requests for demonstrations or emergency road closures. These are dealt with by the police.

Prior to submitting your application, you must consult various people, organisations, and businesses. Further information is provided with the application form.

You should submit your request at least two months in advance, but we advise much earlier for larger events. Applications can be rejected if not enough notice is given.

You can download the road closure order application form and guidance notes below.

Icon for pdf Road closure order application form [325.69KB]

Fee

All costs involved for both the closure and diversion signs are the responsibility of the event organiser.

The fee for a road closure order is £160.

There is no fee for:

  • church services or parades
  • linked national celebrations
  • events where there is no on-street trading
  • events where no entry fee is charged
  • small street parties.

Small street parties

We make it as straightforward as possible for residents to organise a small street party for themselves and their neighbours.

If you are planning a small street party, you won't have to:

  • pay an application fee
  • consult with other organisations
  • provide two months' notice
  • take out public liability insurance to cover your event (although we recommend that you do).

You will have to consult with local residents affected by the road closure.

A small street party must be:

  • for residents and neighbours only
  • expected to attract fewer than 500 attendees
  • published to residents only
  • free to attend.

The road to be closed must:

  • be a residential road with no through traffic (so only residents' traffic will be affected)
  • not have a bus route along it
  • not have a taxi rank
  • not have any shops or other businesses on it (or access to them)
  • not have access to a public car park.

Apply for a small street party road closure

Before you apply, send us details of the event, date of closure requested and full contact details. We can then provide you with more information.

Prior to submitting your application, you must consult with local residents who will be affected by the road closure. A suggested template is provided with the application pack.

You should submit your request at least four weeks in advance. In some cases, shorter notice can be provided. Contact us if you are providing shorter notice so we can advise you.

You can download the application form, guidance notes and letter to residents template below.

Icon for pdf Small street party application form [332.98KB]

Other considerations

Before planning an event, you need to make sure you have the landowner's permission.

If you are planning a public event, particularly on a large scale, take advantage of the advice available from the Safety Advisory Group (SAG).

If you are planning to provide licensable activities, such as selling alcohol or amplified music, you may need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice or Premises Licence.

If you are providing catering, you may need to register as a food business or seek advice from our food and safety team.

For further information, visit the Hampshire County Council website for traffic advice for public events.

Contact details

You can contact us if you have any questions about road closures.

Email: traffic@nfdc.gov.uk

Licensing Services
New Forest District Council
Appletree Court
Beaulieu Road
Lyndhurst
SO43 7PA

Telephone: 023 8028 5505

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