Road Closures For Special Events
Event promoters should be aware that new legislation relating to the holding of events on public roads, namely The Roads (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (Northern Ireland) 2010 which amended the Road Traffic Regulation (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 has commenced. Any person wishing to prohibit or restrict traffic from using public roads to facilitate the holding of a special event must apply to the Council.
After public notification and consultation with various statutory bodies (including PSNI, NIAS and NIFRS) and with the consent of the Department for Infrastructure Roads (DfI), the District Council may make an Order to restrict or prohibit traffic on a public road to facilitate such events.
Special events are defined in the legislation as any sporting, social or entertainment event, or the making of a film on a public road. The making of a film includes the making of TV programmes, films or advertisements. There are however a number of activities which are not 'special events' under this legislation, namely - public processions, motor road races, and certain cycle races or trials.
Event promoters should note that the closing of a road to facilitate an event should only be considered as a last resort when all other locations for holding the special event have been ruled out. Additionally, 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.
Promoters who wish to apply for a road closure to facilitate the holding of a special event must make an application to the Council’s Environmental Health Service. Applicants will be required to:
- Submit of a completed application form
- Submit a range of documentation to support the application (including a traffic management plan / signing schedule prepared by an accredited traffic management company)
- Pay the required fee to Mid Ulster District Council.
- Submit the application and relevant supporting information at the earliest opportunity and no later than 12-16 weeks prior to the special event.