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Apply for a road closure or street party

If you would like to hold your own march, parade or street party and need to apply for a road closure, you must follow this process:

  1. Check with the Police whether the area you have chosen for your event is suitable and notify them of the event.

    We will do this through our consultation process but it would be best for you to discuss your plans with the Police first.

    If you are looking to hold a street party, you do not need to do this step.

    Address: Essex Police Traffic Management, Casualty Reduction Section, Community Engagement Team, Tylers Ride, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5XD
    Email: traffic.management@essex.pnn.police.uk
    Telephone: 01245 452280

  2. In addition to the Police, it is your responsibility to contact the following:

    If you are looking to hold a street party, you do not need to do this step.

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
    Email: northeastgroupsdp@essex-fire.gov.uk
    Telephone: 01376 576600

    East of England Ambulance Service
    Address: East of England Ambulance Service Resilience Department, Great Notley, Braintree, CM77 7AH
    Telephone: 01376 555809

    First Essex Buses
    Telephone: 01245 263859 / 03445 6020121

    Arriva Colchester
    Email: colchester.control.sc@arriva.co.uk
    Telephone: 01206 877624
  3. Obtain valid liability insurance for your event.

    You will need to provide valid liability insurance to the value of £5 million.

    This is for road closures only.

    When you apply online, you will need to provide the insurance company's name and address and your policy number.

  4. Read the road closure and street party terms and conditions.

  5. Read and complete the event risk assessment.

    Download the event risk assessment (Word document, 29KB)

  6. Complete the online application form.

    When you complete the form, you will need to upload: 

    • The completed risk assessment. This is compulsory.
    • Valid liability insurance to the value of £5 million. This is for road closures only.
    • A diversion route map. This is optional.
    Apply for a road closure or street party
  7. We will consider your application, consult Essex County Council and Essex Police and then tell you the outcome.

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

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

    This does not apply to street parties being held for the Queen's Jubilee in 2022.
  10. As well as applying to us, you may also be required to hold Public Liability Insurance and a Performing Rights Society Music Licence.

Page last reviewed: 25 January 2022

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