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Road closures

Any person wishing to prohibit or restrict traffic using public roads to facilitate special events (any sporting event, social event, entertainment or the making of a film) taking place the public road, may apply to the council. 

After public notification and consultation with various statutory bodies including the PSNI and NIFRS and after receiving the consent of the Department for Infrastructure Roads, the council will determine if a Road Closure Order is to be made. 

Department for Infrastructure Roads has responsibility for special roads such as the motorways and the Westlink.

The making of a film includes the making of TV programmes, films or advertisements.

There are a number of activities which are not “special events” for the purposes of this legislation. These are:

  • public processions 
  • motor road races
  • cycle races or trials. 
Applicants should note that 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.

Apply for a road closure

To apply for a road closure, you can download the application form and return it by post, along with the Public Liability Insurance declaration for road closures and other relevant documents and fees, to:

Building Control
Ground Floor
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street

Advertising your road closure

You must provide plenty of notice in order to publicly advertise the road closure. It will also be added to this council website. You must allow a 21 day period for representations to be submitted and to be determined by the council.

Current applications

 Road  Date and time of closure  Purpose   Applicant Date published Objection deadline Download details 
Road Closure:
Donegall Street, Little Donegall Street, Library Street, North Street, High Street, Waring Street, Dunbar Street, Talbot Street, Academy Street, York Street, Union Street, Royal Avenue, Corn Market, Ann Street, Donegall Place, Rosemary Street, Chichester Street, Chichester Street, Arthur Street, Castle Lane
2 December
8am to 12 noon
Cash for Kids Santa Dash running race
Therese Maguire 26 October 9am, 15 November Printed notice (Doc - 33KB)

Road closure map (PDF - 4MB)
16 November until 10 January (2019):
Road Closure: Castle Place (North side) to junction with Lombard Street, Donegall Place at its junction with Fountain Lane to Castle Junction, Castle Street suspension of loading bays numbered 7 and 8, Suspension of parking and loading bays on Castle Place, Lane restriction on Royal Avenue adjacent to Santander Bank to junction with Berry Street.

Every weekend starting 16 November:
Road Closure: Royal Avenue from North Street, Lower Garfield Street, Rosemary Street, Berry Street from Bank Square - Suspension of parking/loading bays in this area, Donegall Place, Fountain Lane, Castle Lane, Suspension of parking/loading bays in Donegall Place.

16 November, 6pm to 18 November, 8pm

23 November, 6pm to 25 November, 8pm

30 November, 6pm to 2 December, 8pm

7 December, 6pm to 9 December, 8pm

14 December, 6pm to 16 December, 8pm

21 December 6pm, to 23 December, 8pm

28 December, 6pm to 30 December, 8pm

4 January (2019), 6pm to 7 January, 8pm
Belfast Restore and Rejuvenate Programme
Belfast City Council 26 October  9am, 15 November Printed notice (Doc - 33KB)

Road closure map overview (PDF - 645KB)

Road closure map - High St, Bridge St (PDF - 168KB)

Road closure map - Royal Av. North St (PDF - 167KB)

Road closure map - Castle St, Queen St. (PDF - 139KB)
Road Closure: Ormeau Embankment;
Lane Closure: Ormeau Road inner lane closure country bound from Ormeau Bridge to Ormeau Park Gate entrance.
1 December, 2pm to 3.30pm Seeley Cup 10Km
Running race
John Allen
31 October  9am, 21 November Printed notice (Doc - 32KB)

Seeley Cup route map (PDF - 228KB)

Seeley Cup - Traffic Management Plan (PDF - 994KB)

A copy or copies of the application/s is available for inspection free of charge at the address stated.

If you wish to make a representation regarding any proposed road closure, it will need to be received by the council within the 21 days of the publication of the notice.

This should be addressed to:
The Building Control Manager
Building Control Service
Ground Floor 
Cecil Ward Building
4 - 10 Linenhall Street
BT2 8BP 

You can also email this to 

Contact us
Building Control Service
028 9027 0650
Ground floor
Cecil Ward Building
4 - 10 Linenhall Street