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Events on the highway

If you want to hold an event on the highway, you need to apply for a road restriction. 

'The highway' means a road or street, verge, footway or pavement, public footpath, bridleway, restricted byway or byway open to all traffic.

General terms and conditions

Applicants:

  1. by means of application, declare that the section(s) of highway need to be restricted in order to hold a public event which (a.) cannot suitably be held in any location other than the highway and (b.) cannot be held whilst maintaining normal traffic flow, safely
  2. must include a valid insurance certificate (where applicable) on application
  3. may incur a charge (as detailed on this website) for the processing of the application, and without payment in full, licence to restrict the highway may be withheld. *the final decision on the charge applied for the processing of any application will be determined by Dorset County Council
  4. must have consulted and discussed the proposed restriction with those likely to be affected and have uploaded the consultation document detailing those parties contacted and the feedback given (both positive and negative)
  5. agree to provide and maintain all traffic signing, on the extent of restricted highway, including any agreed diversion routes for the duration of the event
  6. agree to provide and maintain advance notice of road closures on the extent of restricted highway. Normal expectations is for this advance notice to be made available two weeks in advance of the event
  7. are responsible for returning the highway to the condition that it was in prior to the holding of the event
  8. agree that Dorset County Council, in it's capacity as Highway Authority, can, at any time, request amendments to proposed restrictions, withhold or revoke a previously agreed licence to restrict the highway
  9. understand the guidance notes provided and will adhere to all responsibilities/duties required by Dorset County Council

Apply for a road restriction for an event

We define events according to their size:

  • a special event on or adjacent to the road - an event hosted for a large number of people, as high-profile as a carnival or street fair. Road closures for services of Remembrance during November should also follow this application
  • a street party - a small, local community event attended by local residents and their families and which isn't advertised to the wider community.
  • a motor vehicle trial on footpaths or bridleways

See our advice about the use of banners and bunting over the highway.

Enquire about holding an event on the highway.

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