Views sought on review of special events legislation

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A review of the special events legislation will allow all interested stakeholders to have their voices heard on how the legislation is operating

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has announced a review of special events legislation.

The Roads (Miscellaneous Provision) Act (Northern Ireland) 2010 provides the power to close a road so that a special event can be held on it.

Special events are defined in the legislation as:

  • any sporting event, social event or entertainment which is held on a public road
  • the making of a film on a public road

Public processions, motor road races and cycle races or trials are dealt with under separate legislation.

In most cases the power is provided to the local council in which the road is located. The exceptions being any event proposed for a special road, which are mainly motorways, for which DfI is responsible.

    The review will look at how the legislation is operating in practice, with a specific objective to identify areas where possible improvements to the process and how events are delivered can be made.

    Anyone with an interest or involvement with events, be it planning, organising, managing or attending relevant events or anyone impacted by events can submit a response using the online survey.

    The closing date for submissions is Thursday 24 September 2020.


    First published 4 August 2020