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Temporary traffic restrictions for a street party

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Street parties are generally defined as an event that:

  • is not publicised for the general public and therefore will not draw in people from a wider area
  • applies to the residents of one or two streets only and not to larger areas so attendance will generally involve fewer than 150 people Events attracting a larger attendance than this are special events.

An application will only be approved for minor residential roads where the closure will have minimal impact on through traffic. Roads that are part of a bus route will generally not be considered suitable

There will be times when this type of restriction will not be appropriate, either because of the type of road or because of the type of event being planned. You are therefore encouraged to contact Dorset Highways to discuss your individual requirements at the earliest opportunity before you submit an application

Although not compulsory, it is recommended that organisers of street parties consider having public liability insurance in place for this type of event

Terms and conditions of approval of an application

Applicants or the nominated person in overall charge of the event:

  • must provide an emergency contact phone number that can be reached for the duration of the event
  • must consult and engage with those likely to be affected by any traffic restriction and use the consultation document, detail those parties contacted and the feedback given (both positive and negative)
  • must organise the event in such a way that access for pedestrians and emergency/essential vehicles can be maintained
  • must arrange for a minimum of one road closed sign to be placed at each point where the road(s) are to be closed. (We do not have sufficient resources to provide these free of charge to you but they can be purchased or hired from the Dorset Highways Sign Shop or from most reputable tool hire companies)
  • must erect the public notice that Dorset Council will issue at each end of the closure at least seven days prior to the street party
  • must ensure all equipment, materials and rubbish associated with the event is cleared. the road returned to the condition found before the event and the road reopened by the time the licence expires (this cannot wait until the following morning)
  • must ensure noise from the event is kept to acceptable levels at all times and to a minimum after 9pm

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Organisers of a street party must consult with all stakeholders that would be affected by the restriction.

Download a consultation exercise document

The list of consultees should include:

Any substantial objections should be resolved by the applicant. Should an applicant be unable to resolve any disputes with mitigation, an application is not likely to be approved.

Applicants must provide an emergency contact name and phone number which must be available 24/7.

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There is generally no charge to fulfil street party applications, however a nominal charge may be agreed between the applicant and Dorset Council should the application be complex.

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Other licences

Street parties in their own right do not require a licence but there are certain activities that require authorisation under the Licensing Act 2003, but the granting of a temporary traffic restriction does not provide for nor indicate that any other licence for your event will be approved

You will need a temporary event notice for any street party where alcohol is to be sold (alcohol is still deemed to be sold if it is offered as part of an entrance fee or ticket price), or entertainment offered to members of the public (private events do not usually require authorisation)

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