How to organise a street party
Organising small, private street parties is very simple and generally does not include activities that need a licence, such as selling alcohol or providing certain types of entertainment. The number one tip for holding a party is to plan early, think about what you want to achieve and get in touch with us as soon as possible.
More helpful tips, advice and support for organising a successful event can be found at:
- The Big Lunch website where you can request a free Big Lunch pack for organisers
- the Street Party website
- the Communities and Local Government website that offers a useful guide to organising a street party
- the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who provide guidance on completing a suitable risk assessment
For more information about health and safety and food safety, please see the links and resources here.
If you want to have a pay bar or intend to provide entertainment to the wider public, or charge to raise money for your event, you will need a Temporary Events Notice.
If you would like to hold a street party, you may need to apply for a road closure to ensure that traffic does not interfere with your street party. If you are planning on obstructing the road or pavement with tables, chairs or people, then you will need to ensure that the road is closed to traffic.
What to do next
If you want to hold a street party that requires a road closure, the deadline for submitting a road closure application is at least 12 weeks before the event.
We'll need to know:
- the date and time of the party
- whether you want the road closed or not
- whether the road is part of a bus route
- your contact details
You can find helpful advice on how to complete your application and keep your event safe by downloading our street party:
You can return your completed form to us at email@example.com.