If you want to hold an event on the public highway, you'll need to apply for the relevant traffic restrictions to safely accommodate your event. Restrictions can include:

  • road closure
  • reversal of one-way traffic flow
  • suspension of one-way street
  • parking restriction
  • revocation of an existing parking restriction or traffic order

'The highway' means a road or street, verge, footway or pavement, public footpath, bridleway, restricted byway or byway open to all traffic.

See Guidance for those organising an event on, or affecting the public highway in Dorset.

Types of events requiring traffic restrictions

We are accepting applications to close roads to mark the Coronation of His Majesty The King over the holiday weekend 6, 7 and 8 May. Applications must be submitted by the end of the day on Friday 31 March.

Events that require traffic restrictions can be:

  • special events, like carnivals, food festivals, music and sporting events and remembrance parades
  • street parties and local community gatherings for a personal event or one of national significance, like a royal wedding
  • motor vehicle trials, taking place on footpaths and bridleways only

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