Apply for road event permit

You must apply for a permit to organise a:

  • vehicle or bicycle speed trial or race on any public road
  • parade or procession on a public road owned by the Northern Territory (NT).

Check roads managed by the NT Government.

Other parades or processions need approval from the road authority.

Before you apply

Your application won't be accepted if you submit it more than three months or less than seven days before the event date.

You will need all of the following:

The road authority is responsible for the care, control and management of the public road – eg: councils, shire councils and the NT Government.

More than one road authority may need to grant their approval for an event.

Other requirements

The organiser may also be required to have some or all of the following.

Traffic management plan for events

For events conducted on NT Government-controlled roads, a traffic management plan designed by a qualified NT traffic management plan designer is required.

NT traffic management designers should refer to the technical policy on traffic management plans.

Advisory and warning signs

Certain events may require advisory or warning signs. Where applicable, signs must comply with Australian Standards.

Medical facility

The organiser may be required to provide appropriate aid, comfort or medical facility to anyone involved in an event. For larger events, emergency management plans may be required.

Litter and refuse

The organiser may be required to remove litter and refuse as a result of an event.

Public notice requirement

Public notice of the application must be made not less than seven days before the event. This is not a notice of approval for the event.

How to apply

To submit your application, go to an MVR office.


You can also email your application to


GPO Box 2520
Darwin NT 0801


Darwin: 08 8924 7009
Alice Springs: 08 8951 5151

More information

For more information, read the following:

You can also phone the road authority on:

Last updated: 17 March 2021

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