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Apply to close a road for an event

How to apply for a Special Events Order to close a road for an event in Suffolk - including civic events, fairs or a carnival.

Suffolk County Council prefer that events do not impact the public highway (i.e. event to be held off the highway, with no impact) and we ask you to consider this option thoroughly before applying to hold an event on the highway. The public highway includes, but is not limited to, the verge, footway/pavement, or road.

If your event is not going to be held on the highway and/or will not impact on the highway you do not need to tell us. You will need to contact your local borough or district council if you want to provide entertainment, serve food or alcohol.

Once you have ascertained that there is no viable location off the highway and that your event will require a temporary traffic restriction, you will need to complete an event application form.

We ask for a minimum notice period of 3 months from receipt of a complete application.

Events in Suffolk are split into three categories:

  1. civic event
  2. event organised by a registered charity
  3. other event e.g. a fair or carnival

Details about each event recognised by Suffolk County Council are outlined below.


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