Organising events on the highway
If you are organising a street party or other event that may require a road or pavement to be closed or blocked, you should contact Dorset County Council's Road Space Management Team. Advice about the law, safety and an application pack for street parties are available.
Every day there are a lot of activities on the road - repairs to essential utilities (gas, water, electricity, etc) and the maintenance of the road.
Throughout the year, other activities take place on the highway such as carnivals, processions and street parties. Additionally, broken down cars, road traffic collisions and other incidents involving the police and emergency services mean a road can be closed at short notice.
In order to help you have a successful event, and to enable your guests, visitors and participants to get to and from the event quickly and safely, we need to know about it.
If we are aware of your event, we can try to prevent delays caused by works on the road. While we cannot guarantee there will be no delays, we will have more opportunity of co-ordinating activities if you tell us about your event well in advance.
An event can only be held on the public highway with the approval of the relevant licensing authority.
'The highway' means a road or street, verge, footway or pavement, public footpath, bridleway, restricted byway or byway open to all traffic.
Important: It is an offence to attempt to close the road without proper authorisation.
Before deciding to hold a street party it is worth considering whether there are other areas that may suit your needs better. As a predominantly rural county, Dorset has many open spaces that might be suitable. These might include recreation fields and parks. You would need to discuss this with the relevant landowner or authority that owns or manages the land in question.
To fit the definition of a street party, an event must fit within the following criteria:
The event is not publicised for the general public and therefore will not draw in people from a wider area
The event applies to the residents of one or two streets only and not to larger areas. Therefore attendance will generally involve fewer than 150 people
There is no amplified entertainment which may cause nuisance to the wider area
There is no alcohol or food being sold
If you are proposing to hold a street party on the public highway and these requirements are met, please apply using the link below. If you require an application form to hold an event such as a carnival or street fair then please follow the link for 'Guidance for event organisers'.
Applying for a road closure to have a street party
The application form to hold a street party, or any other small event that will affect a road, can be downloaded from this page. Please note a minimum of four weeks notice is required.
Guidance and application form for event organisers
If you are planning an event to be held on the highway which is bigger than a street party, such as a carnival or street fair, there are a number of issues to be considered.
Banners and bunting
If you would like to put up bunting for a carnival or street party, or erect a banner over the highway to advertise an event there are some guidelines you need to follow.