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Road closures

Any person wishing to prohibit or restrict traffic using public roads to facilitate special events (any sporting event, social event, entertainment or the making of a film) taking place the public road, may apply to the council. 

After public notification and consultation with various statutory bodies including the PSNI and NIFRS and after receiving the consent of the Department for Infrastructure Roads, the council will determine if a Road Closure Order is to be made. 

Department for Infrastructure Roads has responsibility for special roads such as the motorways and the Westlink.

The making of a film includes the making of TV programmes, films or advertisements.

There are a number of activities which are not “special events” for the purposes of this legislation. These are:

  • public processions 
  • motor road races
  • cycle races or trials. 
Applicants should note that although the legislation provides the power to prohibit or restrict the use of a public road, pedestrian access to any premises situated on or adjacent to the road or any other premises accessible for pedestrians from, and only from, the road must be maintained at all times.

Apply for a road closure

“To apply for a road closure, you can download the application form and return it by post, along with the Public Liability Insurance declaration for road closures and other relevant documents and fees, to:

Building Control
Ground Floor
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP

Advertising your road closure

You must provide plenty of notice in order to publicly advertise the road closure. It will also be added to this council website. You must allow a 21 day period for representations to be submitted and to be determined by the council.

Current applications

 Road  Date and time of closure  Purpose   Applicant Date published Objection deadline Download details 
Townsend Street
22 September
8am - 5pm
Street Party Robert McClenaghan 1 Sept 2018 21 Sept 2018 Printed notice (Doc- 31KB)
Road closure map (PDF - 387KB)
Mount Merrion Avenue – from Junction of Knock Eden Crescent.
Knockbreda Road and Rosetta Road from junction of Knock Eden Park to junction of Bannagh Corner.
Mount Merrion Park at the junction of Rosetta Road at the shops.
30 September
6am to 1pm
Filming David Cooke 8 September 29 September 2018 Printed notice (Doc- 32KB)
Road closure map 1 (PDF - 347KB)
Road closure map 2 (PDF - 258KB)
Car parking suspension: Donegall Place and Upper Arthur Street
Inner Lane Closure: Donegall Square West to Donegall Square East junction
Pedestrian Control system: Donegall Place junction with Donegall Square North

Relocation of taxi rank: Donegall Square North to Donegall Square East

Closure: Donegall Place and Donegall Square West
Closure: Donegall Square North from Wellington Place
Closure: Chichester Street
*Pedestrian access to the above will be retained until 5.30 p.m.
16 November 11.15pm to 17 November 11.15pm


17 November
6am - 11pm


17 November
3pm - 11pm
Christmas lights switch on Belfast City Council 10 September 1 October 2018 Printed notice (Doc- 28KB)
Road closure map 1 (PDF - 207KB)
Road closure map 2 (PDF - 238KB)
Road closure map 3 (PDF - 98KB)
Full Road Closures:
Botanic Avenue, University Avenue, University Square, College Green, India Street, Ireton Street, Cromwell Road, Cameron Street, Lower Crescent, Posnett Street, Dublin Road, Pakenham Street, Ventry Street, Downshire Place, Bruce Street, Hope Street, Bankmore Street, Ormeau Avenue, Bedford Street, Clarence Street, Clarence Street West, Franklin Street, James Street South, Donegall Square West
Lane closures:
Great Victoria Street, Howard Street, Donegall Square North
Controlled Crossing:
University Street, Donegall Pass
 7 October
8am - 12.30pm
Ciclovia Conal Heatley 10 September 1 October 2018 Printed notice (Doc- 33KB)
Road closure map (PDF - 2.7MB


A copy or copies of the application/s is available for inspection free of charge at the address stated.

If you wish to make a representation regarding any proposed road closure, it will need to be received by the council within the 21 days of the publication of the notice.

This should be addressed to:
The Building Control Manager
Building Control Service
Ground Floor 
Cecil Ward Building
4 - 10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP 

You can also email this to buildingcontrollicensing@belfastcity.gov.uk 


Contact us
Building Control Service
028 9027 0650
Ground floor
Cecil Ward Building
4 - 10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP