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 (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
  • 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 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.

Road closure fees and costs

Update August 2021: Application and advertising fees for all Road events will be waived from 10 August 2021 until 10 August 2022.

At the meeting of Council on 10 August 2021, it was approved that road closure application fees for events held on roads would be waived for a period of 12 months. 

This was done to encourage local, interstate and international event organisers to present new, interesting and diverse works in Adelaide to attract visitation and support for city businesses by reducing their upfront costs and risks.

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 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:

08 8203 7203

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

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