Road closures

Closing road for an events

For special sporting events, street parties, parades or other types of events, which attract large crowds it is, may be necessary to close a road temporarily.

Responsibility for road closures

We are responsible for temporary road closures.

Who can apply for a road closure

Anyone organising an event can apply to close a road, although requests usually come from large organisations. We support community events and will consider all applications.

When to apply for a road closure

Apply a minimum of six weeks before an event. To enable us to carry out risk assessment and to find out if the date of the event clashes with any other major events or road closures.

Cost of closing a road

It is free to close a road for a non-profit making event. For a private or commercial profit-making event, the cost of a road closure is £150.

Insurance for a road closure

You need a minimum of £5 million Public Liability Insurance, which will provide cover against injury and damages claims. You must also indemnify the Council against all third party liabilities. Enclose the Public Liability Insurance Certificate with the road closure application.

Traffic diversion plans

As part of the application, you need to supply a traffic plan showing the extent of the road closure and an alternative route for traffic.

Barriers and diversion signs

Any event on the highway must have adequate signage, which we must approve in advance.

Other considerations

  • Is the road closure on a bus route?
  • Will there be access at all times for emergency vehicles.
  • Arrangements for the clearing of any litter after an event? 

Publishing a road closure

Yes, you must pay for publicising and advertise road closure orders in the local press.

Apply for a temporary road closure

Download and complete the application for road closure form (PDF: 140Kb / 2 pages) and return to the address on the form with a valid copy of your public liability insurance, cheque if necessary made payable to Westmorland and Furness Council and a traffic plan.

Last updated: Wednesday, 24 April, 2024.