Playing Out in Bath and North East Somerset

To close your street to traffic to let your children play safely you’ll need to apply for a Temporary Playing Out Road Closure Order.  A Playing Out Road Closure Order is different from a street party closure application, as you can apply to shut your street regularly.

To Apply for a Temporary Playing Out Road Closure Order -

    • You must apply at least eight weeks before your event.
    • Enclose a street plan of your event with your application. 
    • Enclose a traffic management plan detailing the closure, signage, and marshal positions.
    • Enclose a risk assessment document.
    • Specify the dates and times that you would like the closures.
    • Enclose a copy of your resident and business consultation letter with your application. 
    • Complete and return the application form and send to: Traffic Management Team, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG


What does having a Temporary Playing Out Scheme mean?

 The scheme is to encourage children playing together safely in the fresh air under the watchful eye of their guardians and to promote the feeling of safety and cohesion amongst our communities.

You can close a road as often as once a month for a maximum of three hours.

Residents must be allowed access by vehicle at all times and must be marshalled through.


How to Object to a Playing Out Road Closure Order

Direct any objections, comments or queries about the Playing Out Road Closure Order in your street to the sender of the consultation letter. If your concerns are not resolved please email with your name, address, the reason for your concerns and the street address for the event.  We will then endeavour to negotiate on your behalf. To do so, you must provide your contact details although this will not be released to the applicant.  We will only become involved if all of your efforts to negotiate have failed. 


Playing Out

Playing Out is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company which began in Bristol and its aims are supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES).  Bristol trialled the country’s first 'Temporary Play Street Order' from September 2011 to September 2012, allowing residents to open their street for play up to three hours a week.  The trial was a success and the process became permanent across several Local Authority areas. The Playing Out website has further information on how to organise Playing Out events.

Applications are processed by the Transportation Team. B&NES Council supports the aims and objectives of Playing Out which enables children to play freely in the street in their local neighbourhood. Street play for children fits completely within the Council’s Vision for:


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