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Street Closings

The City of Oxford has a policy for requesting a temporary street closing for events such as community days, non-profit celebrations, 5K and 10K races, etc.  If you are considering a temporary street closing request, please review the policy below, fill out the appropriate forms (link below) and return to Alyssa Blair, Downtown Development Director in the Executive Offices of City Hall, 300 Williamsboro Street.  You can also scan and e-mail it to


Only non-profits and events such as block parties that involve multiple homes may obtain permission to temporarily close a street. Personal or individual parties do not qualify for temporary street closings.

  1. Complete, sign and date the Request for Temporary Street Closing and Liability Waiver and turn them in to the Downtown Development Director a minimum of 30 days in advance of the requested Temporary Street Closing date.
  2. The Director will notify the applicant at the time of application if the street is State owned. If it is State owned then the applicant is also required to get permission from the NCDOT to close that street. Please contact John Sander with Durham office of the NCDOT at 919-220-4600 for approval. Once the applicant shows proof of permission from NCDOT, the City will proceed with their approval process.
  3. The applicant will be notified with the status of the request within 5 business days of application accompanied by proof of NCDOT approval and ABC permit, if required.
  4. Please note the following:
    • Trash and recycling receptacles are not provided by the City. The applicant will need to provide the appropriate receptacle or contact Waste Industries at 919-693-8669 for larger events.
    • It is also the applicant’s responsibility to provide power, i.e. generator, for any items requiring the same.
    • Tents and membrane structures having an area in excess of 400 square feet (37 m2) shall not be erected, operated or maintained for any purpose without first obtaining a permit and approval from the fire code official. Contact the fire code official at 919-603-1142.
    • Portable open-flame devices (gas or liquids fueled devices used for heating or cooking) shall be enclosed or installed in such a manner as to prevent the flame from contacting combustible material. An approved ABC 5lb. fire extinguisher shall be on-site and easily accessible during the operation of this equipment.
    • Applicants are responsible for insuring that a clear 12’ driving lane remains available for emergency vehicles. Any street closing that restricts all access to any property, or portion of property, shall be inspected by fire code officials at the time of the closing. If you have questions about this requirement contact the fire code official at 919-603-1142 BEFORE setting up the event area.
    • Applicants are responsible for notifying neighbors affected or blocked by the temporary street closing prior to receiving approval by City. Temporary street closing for the purpose of a 5-k or similar event where the route is closed for a short period are not required to notify neighbors.
    • Applicants shall provide a copy of the ABC permit allowing their serving of alcohol.                                                                                        

The party responsible for the event shall maintain a copy of the approved street closing form at the event.
To determine if you need to call DOT concerning your street closing, please refer to the map below.