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Temporary traffic arrangements – event organisation

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

All events in highways that are not part of normal traffic require a permit from an ELY Centre. The harm and hazards caused by abnormal use of roads is prevented by traffic arrangements and by selecting an appropriate time and place for the event. Permits are very rarely granted to events on semi-motorways and motorways.

Events that are typically arranged in road areas include sports contests, f ...

Do the following

Use the e-service primarily.

Signing into the service requires strong authentication. You will need either a bank ID, a mobile certificate or a certificate card.

If you cannot use the e-service, you can write a free-form application that contains all the necessary information about the event. Irrespective of the location, submit the free-form application and its appendices to the registry of the Pirkanmaa ELY Centre (P.O. Box 297, 33101 Tampere). When using this application method, a separate processing fee is charged in addition to the actual permit fee.

The application must include

  • event name
  • time
  • road/municipality
  • estimated number of visitors to the event
  • organiser and contact person’s contact details
  • billing address
  • applicant’s business ID or personal identity code.

Complete the application carefully. If you supplement your application later, email the supplementary information to: Enter the applicant’s name, the municipality in which the work site is situated and the road number in the subject field of the email. If you know the application’s identification or register number (PIRELY...), add it to the subject field as well.

Please note that if the road must be closed to other traffic for more than 10 minutes due to the event, you will need a separate permit to close the road from the regional ELY Centre.

To whom and on what terms

Attach a traffic control plan to the permit application. The traffic control plan must be presented based on a roadmap. The road management authority recommends that the organiser of the event should have extensive experience on the above tasks + Road Safety 2 training or other safety training for traffic control and work in road areas and the training required for the task.

There are separate instructions and model solutions for temporary traffic sign arrangements and the use of traffic controllers on the ELY Centre website (Event traffic arrangements → shortcuts).


Applications must be submitted well ahead of the event.

Processing time

Check the ELY Centre website for the average processing time (Event traffic arrangements). When arranging large events, please allow more time than usual for the processing of the permit. An incomplete application or missing appendices will slow down the processing of the application.

Period of validity

The period of validity is permit-specific and is announced in the decision.

The service is provided by

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment

Other responsible organisations

ELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Häme

Responsible for the service

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 26/1/2023