Town Police Clauses Act 1847

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The Town Police Clauses Act 1847 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (10 & 11 Vict c. 89). The statute remains in force and is frequently used by local councils to close roads to allow public events such as processions or street parties to take place.[1]

The Act is also used to regulate the local taxi and private-hire trade in many areas.[2] It also makes it illegal to perform certain actions in a public street or other thoroughfare, such as hanging washing, beating carpets, and flying kites although these provisions are rarely enforced.[3]


Town Police Clauses Act 1847 as currently in force, published on

  1. ^ Section 21. See, for example, Wiltshire Council webpage on road closures for special events, and Mendip District Council Order closing roads for the Wells Carnival, accessed 3 August 2011
  2. ^ Section 68. See, for example North Somerset Council Hackney Carriage Byelaws, accessed 3 August 2011
  3. ^ "Ever been drunk driving a steam engine?". BBC News Online. 17 January 2006.