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Street parties

Organising a street party is relatively simple as long as you don't include activities that need a licence, such as the sale/supply of alcohol or providing certain types of public entertainment that haven't been exempted by the Deregulation Act and/or the Live Music Act.

Please contact John Gurmin to discuss your street party before submitting the on-line application form to request a road closure.

There are some differences between street parties and outdoor public events, detailed below.

Street parties

  • For residents/neighbours only
  • Publicity only to residents and local organisations
  • No licences normally necessary if music is incidental and no sale/supply of alcohol is involved
  • Formal risk assessment or insurance are not essential
  • Self-organised
  • No charge for road closures
  • Notice of road closure(s) put up in affected street(s)

Outdoor public events

  • Anyone can attend
  • External publicity (e.g. advertising)
  • Licence usually needed for sale/supply of alcohol, public entertainment etc unless exempted by the Deregulation Act.  For more information see the Temporary Event Notice (TEN) pages
  • Risk assessment and insurance needed
  • Professionally organised
  • No charge made for road closures
  • A copy of the TEN must be available at the event

If you and your neighbours are planning an event, we suggest you look at the Street Party website for useful tips. You should think about what you will need to do to ensure your event can take place safely and successfully.  You can download the revised and updated guidance on Street Parties issued by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government but please use our form to make enquiries rather than the one printed in the guidance.

Things to consider include:

Further information

We hope these notes help you plan your event to be as successful and enjoyable as possible. If you'd like further guidance please contact:-

  • Shazia Sawar in Community Safety for public safety queries
  • John Gurmin In Democratic Services for road closure queries
  • Robert Smith in Licensing for any Licensing related matters.
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