Overview Who authorizes alternative street usage?
The City of Wichita Falls regularly receives requests to allow parades, races and block parties house moves and other events that require closing all or part of a city street.
Authority To Permit(City Ordinance)
Sec. 102-36. Permits required for parades and processions. No procession or parade, excepting the forces of the United States Army or Navy, the military forces of this state, and the forces of the police and fire departments, shall occupy, march, or proceed along any street except in accordance with a permit issued by the traffic engineer and such other regulations as are set forth in this chapter which may apply.
(Code 1966, § 29-19) Sec. 102-37. Permits required for house moving. Upon the issuance of a moving permit, the house mover shall cause notice to be given to the traffic engineering department, telephone or electric companies, chief of the fire department, or others whose property may be affected by such removal. The house mover shall set forth in all notices the route that will be taken, the time started, and the approximate time of completion.
To Obtain A Permit
An application for parade, house move or street closure permit may be obtained from the City Traffic Engineering Department, 2100 Seymour Hwy. by phone at (940)761-7640 or by clicking on to the permit application links at the top of the page. Application must be turned in two weeks prior to the event. Beginning March 20th, 2017, there is a $25.00 permit fee. A $250.00 refundable deposit and $1000.00 refundable fee for the use of the barricade trailer.
Standards for Permit Issuance
Each application is reviewed for public safety compliance and is issued only when the following criteria are established:
- The event will not substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of traffic.
- The event will not interfere with the movement of emergency fire fighting equipment or ambulances.
- The conduct of the event is not likely to cause property damage, injury to persons, to result in or to provoke disorderly conduct, or create a disturbance.
- The event is scheduled to move from its point of origin to its point of termination without unreasonable delays.
- All traffic control is the responsibility of the permit holder and must meet MUTCD part 6