If you are hosting an event that requires the use or closure of a County road you must have a County Road Special Event Permit. Events that may need permits include, but are not limited to:

  • Road toll (boot drives)
  • Parade
  • Run/walk
  • Cycle tour
  • Competition
  • Fair/Festival
  • Fireworks

How to apply

You must complete and submit a County Road Special Event Permit Application a minimum of 28 days before your event. Submit your application by email to or drop it off to the Public Works Business Office. There are no fees associated with a County Road Special Event permit.

Terms and conditions

The following applies to all Special Event Permits:


You must provide a certificate of insurance 10 days before the event. Insurance must be in the name of the organization applying for the permit and include the following coverage:

  • General Liability Insurance with limits not less than two million dollars, inclusive per occurrence, for bodily injury, death and damage to property, including loss of use thereof;
  • “The Corporation of the County of Lanark” named as an additional insured;
  • Include coverage for Cross Liability;
  • contain an endorsement to provide Lanark County with 30 days written notice of cancellation or material change that would diminish coverage.
Agreement to waive, indemnify and hold harmless

In consideration of the issuing of a County Road Special Event Permit, the organization agrees to save harmless and indemnify The Corporation of the County of Lanark and its elected representatives, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims, demands, suits, actions, causes of action and or proceedings that may be brought against or made upon The Corporation of the County of Lanark and or its elected representatives, officers, employees or agents by any person or persons arising out of matters in any way related to any act, failure to act or otherwise of the organization and or its employees, officers, servants, volunteers and agents in respect of, or pertaining to, the special event described in your application or anything pertaining to the County Road Special Event Permit.


You must pick up any litter generated from the event.

Events that require a temporary road closure

You must notify the public and all emergency services of the closure and provide details of the event including detour routes. Road closures need barricades and personnel to man them.

Traffic Control Persons

You must provide traffic control persons. You must ensure all traffic control persons are competent and wear the proper safety clothing.


Barricades are available from local municipalities that you may pick up and must return. A detailed barricade plan may be required by the local municipality. At all times, you must have barricades and flashing beacons at both ends of the road closure. All traffic lanes in both directions need barricades. At all times, a traffic control person must be where the barricades are to facilitate local access and assist emergency vehicles through the barricaded area. You must remove barricades immediately after the event.

Emergency vehicle access

You must keep a clear passageway within the closure so emergency vehicles can get through unobstructed.


You must install signs 24 hours in advance of the event and keep them bagged until the start of the event. You must remove signs immediately after the event.

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