Road events

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Temporarily closing a road or portion of a road to vehicular traffic can add vibrancy and excitement to an event. While the City of Adelaide (CoA) must balance the needs of traffic and commuters, surrounding businesses and residents with event requirements, temporary road closures are often granted for:

  • events and festivals
  • cycling/running events
  • street parties
  • marches/parades

The application process

All event organisers are eligible to apply for a temporary road closure as a part of their event. Applications for road closures are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Find out more about the application process.

In order for the CoA to meet its statutory requirements, applications for road closures should be received at least three months prior to the scheduled event date. Major complex events require a lead time of at least six months.

Public Consultation

Road closures for events may require public consultation under the Local Government Act. The public consultation will be open for 21 days and be run on YourSay Adelaide (amongst other locations). The outcomes of the public consultation process will determine whether the event can be approved or otherwise.

If the road closure is proposed to be in place for over 28 days, or in other certain instances at the determination of the City Events team, a report may be presented to the Council (including the outcomes of the 21 day public consultation) for a decision on whether the road closure can be approved or otherwise. Further details regarding this particular process will be advised by the Event Facilitator.

Road closure fees and costs

Associated costs

There is a $850.50 road closure application fee. This fee is applicable to all road closures within the City of Adelaide.

If your road closure is approved, a notice of the closure/s must be advertised on the City of Adelaide website. If it is deemed necessary, it will also be published on the Department if Infrastructure and Transport website.

Fees also apply for Operational Services delivered by Council and costs are set based on individual road closure requirements.

In order to conduct your road closure, you will be required to engage the services of a Traffic Management Contractor to manage and implement the road closures. All fees associated with this are at the cost of the Event Organiser.

Other services that may attract a fee to the event organiser include:

  • installation of reserved on-street parking (Temporary Parking Controls)
  • infrastructure erected inside the road closure such as marquees, staging, scaffolding
  • site hire fees for the Adelaide Park Lands.

Ready to apply?

The use of roads for events is subject to conditions of hire. It is important as an event organiser to understand the conditions required for your event.

You will be asked to provide a copy of your public liability insurance cover upon application.

To complete a manual application, download the paper form.

Apply online

Need more information?

If you have any questions about road events or road closures, please contact the City of Adelaide at:

Events Team, City of Adelaide, GPO Box 2252, ADELAIDE SA 5001