You can apply to close your local street to host a street party, community event or enable children to play safely in the street, on a one-off or regular basis (up to once a week).
Please note that main roads or those on a bus route cannot be closed. For events with more than 500 residents you should instead visit Visit Southampton's events webpage.
All affected properties must be consulted in writing at least once about any proposed road closure. You can use our template resident letter if you wish. You should try to resolve any objections before making your application.
To get your road closure order for free, you should send your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org at least six weeks before the first day of the month of your street closure. Otherwise a road closure notice will cost £112.
There are some possible costs to be aware of:
- The hire of appropriate road closure signs
- £25 for site inspection if you erect a stage or a bouncy castle
- £21 if your event needs a Temporary Event Notice for the supply or sale of alcohol
- For events at which more than 100 individuals are likely to attend: minimum £5m Public Liability insurance
You can borrow flexible 'Road Closed' banners for free for the duration of your road closure order from:
- Toy Library, Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre, SO17 3AT (open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00am to 2:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 12pm)
You will need to present your road closure order upon collection.
There are two bike libraries in the city where you can borrow children's bikes and helmets for 'Playing Out'. Further details are on the My Journey website.
Stewarding the closures
During community street closures the street won’t be completely closed to vehicles; you must allow access to people living on the street. Each end of the road will need to be manned throughout the closure to allow residents access when necessary. Once children have been cleared from the road resident vehicles can be escorted in at 5mph.
It is your responsibility to leave the site in a clean and tidy condition. This includes litter that may be blown beyond the site boundary. The organiser of the street closure will be charged if the council has to send extra cleaners to clean the street after your event.
To see examples of Community Street Closures or Playing Out in Southampton, please visit the My Journey YouTube page. For additional help and advice, please either contact us by email or call 02380 83 4765.