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Organising road closures for events

Due to Surrey becoming an increasingly popular setting for major public events, causing some communities to be heavily affected, Surrey County Council has developed an Events Process for events on the road. This will enable organisers to know the procedures that need to be followed for closed road events to minimise disruption and inconvenience for residents.

  • Timeline for organising events on closed roads
  • Applying for an event on the highway

Timeline for organising events on closed roads

It is important that event organisers provide enough time to plan and consult regarding their events that require road closures. Below is the recommended timeline for the actions that need to be taken.

Before the event

Months/weeks from eventActivity Action by
12+ months from event
  1. Check availability of proposed event date on the Surrey sporting event calendar.
  2. Consultation undertaken with key stakeholders
  1. Event Organiser
  2. Event Organiser
12 months from event Detailed event application received, including how they will deliver the Traffic Management Plan (TMP) and evidence of consultation Event Organiser
11 months from event
  1. In principal support given (or not) conditions stipulated.
  2. Statement of the relevant legislation to be used (road closure applications only)
  1. Approver
  2. Approver
10 months from event Further engagement with critical services, local communities, councillors and other stakeholders Event Organiser
9 months from event Attendance at Safety Advisory Group (SAG) Event Organiser (invitation will be sent from SAG Chair or representative
6 months from event Attendance at second SAG Event Organiser (at the discretion of the SAG Chair)
3 months from event
  1. No objections to be given by relevant SAG
  2. Road closure paperwork complete
  1. SAG Chair
  2. Approver (paid for by the event organiser)
2 month from event
  1. Intention to make road closure advertised.
  2. Road signs displayed (if required)
  1. Approver (paid for by the event organiser)
  2. Event Organiser
2 weeks from event Finalised road closure orders published Approver (paid for by the event organiser)

After the event

Months/Weeks from eventActivity Action by
2-3 weeks Feedback and debrief from event

Event Organiser

Applying for an event on the highway

If you wish to run an event in Surrey that involves a road closure, please complete the attached form and send to events@surreycc.gov.uk (Word version of form attached below)

Full guidance for organisers can be found below. Please read this as it explains the process in greater detail.

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