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Road closures

A list of all the current road closures, how to apply for a closure and details of the Safety Advisory Group who provide assistance to event organisers


  • A list of upcoming road closures
  • How to apply to close a road
  • Information about the Safety Advisory Group

Approved upcoming road closures will be shown below:

Road affected and Event Date of Road Closure Road Closure Times Responsible Officer 
Colchester Half Marathon 2020 Sunday 29 March 2020 8.50am to 12.30pm

Jay Regan
07966 238 915

We understand that road closures can be a bit of a pain. We can assure you that we will do everything we can to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.

Please note that those who organise road closures are asked to let us know if they change their plans, however sometimes events may be cancelled at short notice. 

How to Apply for a Road Closure:

Thinking of holding your own march, procession or parade? Applying for a road closure is easy, here's how:

1. Check with the Police whether the area you have chosen for your event is suitable. We will do this anyway through our consultation process but it would be best for you to discuss your plans with the Police first. 

Contact Colchester's Community Policing team

2. Print and complete both these forms:  

Road Closure Application Form and Guidance Notes 

Event Risk Assessment Guidance Notes

Contacting us online is the quickest and easiest way of getting in touch, but you can still call us if you prefer.

3. Email them to:

Need to write to us? Here is our postal address:

Contact and Support team
Colchester Borough Council
Rowan House 
33 Sheepen Road 

If you have any questions you can call us on 01206282700 

4. We will consider your application, consult Essex County Council and Essex Police and then tell you the outcome.  

5. If your application is approved, you will then have to inform all residents and businesses that may be affected by your event.

6. There may be charges for a road closure, ranging from £50 to £2000. 

7. As well as applying to us, you may also be required to hold Public Liability Insurance and a Performing Rights Society Music Licence.

Thinking of having a party in your street?  

Lots of people in Colchester make their summers extra special by sharing food, playing games and enjoying music with their neighbours.  If this sounds like something you would like to do please check out the information below:

Types of Road

Bigger streets or thoroughfare events.  We may have to charge a fee to close roads for bigger events.

No Through Roads or traffic-free areas.  If you're planning to hold a street party in this sort of area, we might not charge at all.

Noise levels -  Please be considerate!  Make sure everyone who might be affected knows in advance when the party is taking place.  A high level of noise going on for a long time or late into the evening could lead to us not approving further applications you might want to make.

Types of Closures

Hard road closure is where a positive blocking item (usually another vehicle) is in place to physically prevent a vehicle passing the closure point. A hard closure would normally be used where either a high profile closure is taking place (for example Remembrance Day) or when the threat level calls for it.

Soft road closure is where barriers and a sign are used.

How to apply: 

Please print and complete the two forms below and send them to: Operational Services PSU, Colchester Borough Council, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3WG

Or email them to:

Street Party Road Closure Application Form and Guidance Notes 

Event Risk Assessment Guidance Notes

Get in touch with the Safety Advisory Group

Thinking of planning an event in Colchester? The Safety Advisory Group (SAG) helps authorities and agencies to work together when a proposal is made to hold an event in the Colchester borough. The SAG's goal is to ensure that events operate safely and with consideration of anyone who might be affected. They will make sure event organisers are aware of and meet their responsibilities.

The core members of SAG are comprised of senior officers (or their representatives) from Colchester Borough Council, Essex Highways, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Essex Police and the Ambulance Service.

Community events are an important part of life in the borough and are encouraged wherever they are suitably organised and operated.

You can find support when planning an event in Colchester by visiting the Safer Colchester Partnership.