New legislation to allow special events to be held on roads is now in place.
Until now roads have been closed by police using general policing powers. This new legislation provides the relevant authority the power to authorise and approve, by order, the holding of a special event such as a street party or sporting event on a road.
In most cases, the relevant authority will be the District Council in which the road is located. The exceptions being any event proposed for a special road, which are mainly motorways, for which the Department for Infrastructure is responsible.
The Department has worked closely with District Councils and the PSNI in the preparation of guidance to assist in the implementation of the legislative change.
Prospective applicants for events should contact their local council to explore the possibility of holding an event.