Temporary road closures for events are divided into two types (Type 1 and Type 2), depending on the impact of the road closure on the public and properties in the area, and whether the event has been held at this location before.

Apply for a temporary road closure

To apply for a temporary road closure, or to work out which type of temporary road closure you need, please contact a Traffic Management provider(external link) to assist you.  

If you are a qualified Site Traffic Management Supervisor (STMS) operating in the Christchurch area you must use TMP for Christchurch(external link) to submit your traffic management plans to the Christchurch Transport Operation Centre (CTOC) - a partnership between Christchurch City Council, New Zealand Transport Agency and Environment Canterbury.

The closure type determines how far in advance of the closure you must submit your application for the temporary road closure.

Impact score Closure type Apply in advance of closure Minimum public notice period
6 or lower Type 1 – low impact 60 days (8 weeks) 7 days (1 week)
7 or higher Type 2 – medium impact 84 days (12 weeks) 7 days (1 week)

Note: The times above are a minimum requirement. Other conditions may be specified on a case-by-case basis.

Important: Applications for Type 1 and Type 2 closures that are submitted less than 60 days before the event, as determined in Part 3 of the Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2008, will not be processed, and the event cannot proceed.

Applications for Type 2 closures that are submitted between 60 and 84 days before the event may be allowed to proceed, but will incur charges for advertising and administration costs.

We do not guarantee approval of any application for a temporary road closure for an event. Objections from the public may have an effect on the final outcome. Approval may be subject to additional requirements. As each event is unique, these requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Step-by-step guide

Submit application

Make sure you submit your application as early as possible. You must allow at least 60 days (for Type 1 closures) or 84 days (for Type 2 closures) for us to process your application. This period includes:

  • Up to 21 days for public objections to be lodged and reviewed. Usually the proposed road closure is advertised before the application processing period is complete, so the total time taken is less than 42 days.
  • A minimum notice period of 7 days for affected parties and road users.

You should also allow some time for completing requirements, such as providing additional information if requested.

Review application

The Traffic Management Coordinator (TMC) has 21 days to review your application and either reject it, or grant it conditional approval (subject to the public notification process).

Important: If the TMC requests additional information from you, the 21-day processing time limit will be suspended from the date of the request until you provide the information required.

Once the decision is made, the TMC will advise you of the outcome by email. If the application is rejected, the TMC will provide information on the reasons for the decision.

If the application is conditionally approved, the TMC will provide:

  • Confirmation of conditional approval
  • Authorisation for the Council to place the first advertisement

Advertise proposed road closure

If your application is granted conditional approval, we advertise the proposed closure in our monthly newspaper advertisement.

Note: If the application is for a Type 2 closure, but you lodge d it less than 84 days before the event, the newspaper advertisement will be placed at your expense.

Affected parties have one week to lodge objections.

Review objections

The Temporary Road Closure subcommittee considers all objections. It may take up to two weeks to convene the subcommittee. If no objections are received, or all objections received are overruled or accommodated by changes in the application or traffic management plan, the TMC will grant final approval for the road closure.

Once the decision is made, the TMC will advise you of the outcome by email. If the application is rejected, the TMC will provide information on the reasons for the decision.

If the application is approved, the TMC will provide:

  • Your approved Temporary Road Closure Application Form
  • Your approved temporary traffic management plan
  • Information on any additional requirements or conditions relating to the approval

Should the application be approved

We will:

  • Advertise the closures as per our standard channels - Online media and public notices

A minimum of seven days before the road closure, you must:

  • Carry out any additional engagement as outline in the accepted Traffic Management Plan (this may include additional notifications and lead in times for larger events).

Road closure

On the day of the closure, close the road or roads, using the methods described in your approved temporary traffic management plan. You may only close the roads specified in your approved application form and traffic management plan, for the dates and times specified.

On the last day of the closure, you must remove all pre-closure signage in accordance with your approved traffic management plan.