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Special events

An exciting project is underway within Highways to transform our online services.  An extremely important aspect of the project  is to speak with people who use our services; giving opportunities to review and try our new designs, and to capture feedback about the experience.  If you are a contractor who has applied for a highway service, and you would like to participate in user research, please let us know.

Special Events on the Highway (Charity events, celebrations or processions)

If you are organising a special event on the public highway, you can apply for a temporary traffic regulation order (TTRO) if restrictions are needed to:

  • allow an event to be held
  • enable members of the public to watch the event
  • reduce the disruption to traffic likely to be caused by the event

If your event involves closing roads, making roads one-way or suspending parking you must apply for a TTRO at least three months in advance. This will enable us to try to prevent delays to your event by coordinating other activities accordingly.

We recommend involving us as soon as possible so we can make sure that you have a suitable traffic management plan prepared by your chosen Chapter 8 accredited contractor.

We require 12 weeks notice for a special event, and a fee may apply.

Street Parties

Street Parties will only be allowed for National Celebrations. Further details and how to apply can be found on the Street Parties webpage

Notice Only Events

If you don’t need to close the road or change any other restrictions, you still need to register your event at least three months before it takes place. We recommend involving us as soon as possible so we can make sure that you have a suitable traffic management plan prepared by your chosen Chapter 8 accredited contractor.

You may still need to contact your local district council licensing department to check whether you need additional permissions or licences for preparing and selling food, selling alcohol, markets or street selling.

You can get more information and guidance about running events from the Home Office and the Health and Safety Executive.


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