Road events

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Temporarily closing a road or portion of a road to vehicular traffic adds vibrancy and excitement to an event. While the City of Adelaide 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
  • official openings /launches
  • street parties
  • some marches/parades.

The application process

All event organisers are eligible to apply for a temporary road closure as a part of their event.

In order for the City of Adelaide 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.

The scale of the event and the likely impact of the closure on the city’s traffic system will determine the level of planning and information required by the Council in order to progress the application through to final approval.

Other consultations

Road closures require public consultation and notification with associated stakeholders, including Emergency Services. The City of Adelaide will provide a list of associated stakeholders with whom you must consult and notify after your application has been received. Once the consultation and notification process is complete, a report will be prepared and presented to the Chief Executive Officer for consideration and approval.

Road closure fees and costs

The fee for road closure is $748.00 including GST as per the City of Adelaide’s current fees and charges schedule. Not-for-profit organisations will not be charged with this application fee.

Associated costs

If your road closure is approved, a notice of the closure/s must be published in the Public Notices of the Advertiser newspaper. The cost of the notice is the responsibility of the applicant.

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 to be worn by the Event Organiser.

Other services that may attract a fee 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?

You will be asked to provide a copy of your public liability insurance cover upon application. To complete a booking application form manually, download the form here.

Need more information?

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

08 8203 7203

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

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