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Do I need to apply for a road closure?

If you want to hold an event that will prohibit or restrict traffic on a public road, you may need to apply to us for a road closure order. The type of event you intend to host will determine if you need to apply. The following guidance should assist you, but if you need further guidance please email us or call 028 9027 0650 to speak to our staff. 

To look at current and previous applications and for advice on how to comment on a current application, see current and previous road closure applications.

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I am organising a parade 

You do not need to apply to us for a parade or public procession. But you will need to apply to the Parades Commission if it falls within the relevant categories of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998.

I am organising a sporting event

You will need to apply to us if you are holding a sporting event, such as a marathon or a fun run, on a public road. 

You also need to apply to Athletics NI to hold a road race or cross country event.

I'm organising a street party 

You will need to apply to us if you are holding a street party, or other similar small community based event, on a public road. 

You should also consult Appendix 5 of the DfI Roads document Guidance for promoters of events (PDF – 427 KB) for specific advice about holding a street party or other small event.

I am organising a concert 

You will need to apply to us if you are holding a concert or similar entertainment on a public road. 

You may also require an Entertainment Licence.

I am filming for a TV programme, film or advertisement 

You will need to apply to us if you making a filming for a TV programme, film or advertisement on a public road. We require additional information about filming events and so you will need to fill in a supplementary form to tell us these details.

I am organising a cycle race or trial

You do not need to apply to us for a cycle race or cycle trial, on a public road. However, you may need to apply to Cycling Ireland or Cycling Ulster in order to hold your event. 

I am organising a motor race

You do not need to apply to us for a motor race, on a public road. However, you may need to apply to Sport Northern Ireland in order to hold your event.

  • You can contact them on 028 9038 1222 or visit www.sportni.net for further advice.

I want to use a motorway or the Westlink

We do not administer road closures for motorways or the Westlink. These roads are the responsibility of Department for Infrastructure (DfI) Roads and you must apply to them to close any of these roads.

I want to carry out roadworks or road obstructions

We do not administer road obstructions or road closures for such works as road maintenance, road improvement or work by utilities (telecoms, NI water, NIE Networks or Phoenix Gas). For permission to carry out roadworks on a public road you must apply to DfI Roads.

None of these apply

If none of these options apply to you, get in touch with us at buildingcontrollicensing@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9027 0650 to speak with an officer and discuss your proposal before you make an application.


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Building Control Service
028 9027 0650
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Cecil Ward Building
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