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Apply to close a road for an event

You need to apply for a Special Events Order to close a road for an event in Suffolk.

There is a non-refundable processing fee of £50 for a standard event application, even if the application is not approved.

If your application is approved, there may be other charges such as the cost of traffic management.

 You do not need to pay for: 

  • a  road closure or restriction on a no through road
  • Remembrance Day events
  • civic events organised by a government organisation

We need 3 months notice from receipt of a complete application

Please note. Parades, for example, St George's Day parades are no longer fee exempt. This is including all of the associated costs/charges for holding these events on the highway (e.g. traffic management/ traffic control).

Download an application form (PDF, 263KB)

Before you apply

We prefer events to be held off the public highway and ask you to consider this option thoroughly.

Use the Street Works register on one.network to see if your event clashes with any other events or roadworks. If it does, you may need to re-consider the date of your event.

You need to:

  • ask everyone affected to make sure there are no objections (including residents, businesses, local councils, emergency services)
  • have a plan for resolving any problems that arise from your discussions with third parties
  • create a map showing where your closure is and proposed diversion
  • confirm your traffic management (must include chapter 8 accreditation)

Resources to support your application:

Sending your application

Email: networkassurance@suffolk.gov.uk - your application will not be processed until payment is received.

By post to: 

Network Assurance
Phoenix House 
3 Goddard Road 

Paying the fee

There is a non-refundable processing fee of £50 for a standard event application, even if the application is not approved.

You can make your payment online here.

Please note: although the online payment system says "incl. VAT" there is no VAT included in this service as it is a zero-rated supply.

After you apply

When the application is approved, we will complete your legal order and send it to you using the email or postal address you provided.

If a street you want to close has been restricted in the last 12 months, we must gain approval from the Secretary of State to restrict it again. This can take up to 4 weeks upon receipt of the application from  us.

Managing traffic at your event

To enforce an order you receive from us, you will need to use a traffic management company with a chapter 8 accreditation to direct traffic around your event. In some cases, accredited marshals can be used to direct traffic.

It is a criminal offence to place objects on the public highway without an approved legal order.

For a traffic management quotation, please contact Jason Middleton at Suffolk Highways by emailing jason.middleton@suffolkhighways.org.

My event is not on the highway

You do not need to tell us if your event is not on the public highway or will have no impact on the highway.

You need to tell the local borough or district council if you want to provide entertainment, serve food or alcohol.

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Alternatively, you can email your enquiry to customer.services@suffolk.gov.uk.