Guidance for organising a street party

 

Your guide to closing a road for a street party or event

Street parties are simple to organise. This guidance sets out what you need to think about and busts some myths about what’s needed.

Please check out the most recent government guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus to ensure your street party is covid-secure.

See more general guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What sort of events does this guidance apply to?

This is about the sort of street parties that groups of residents get together to arrange with their neighbours.

The main differences between a small private street party and other public events are listed below.

Traditional street party

A traditional street party has:

  • simple tables and chairs on one road
  • less than 500 people attending
  • no sale of alcohol 
  • no entertainment like live music or performances 

You’ll need a Street Party Road Closure Order and no other licence. You won't be charged for it.

Allow at least 6 weeks to apply for the road closure.

Please complete the form under the related contents

Large street party

A larger street party has one or more of the following:

  • less than 500 people attending
  • sale of alcohol
  • entertainment like live music or performances

You’ll need a:

  • Street Party Road Closure Order
  • Temporary Event Notice (TEN) which costs £21

You won’t be charged for a Street Party Road Closure Order.

Please allow at least 6 weeks to apply for the Street Party Road Closure Order and the Temporary Event Notice.

Street event

A street event has one or more of the following:

  • more than one road closed
  • more than 500 people attending. If more than 5,000 are attending, you should give us 8 months’ notice. If more than 20,000 are attending, you should give us 12 months’ notice.
  • sale of alcohol
  • entertainment like live music or performances
  • items like portable toilets, generators, staging, funfair rides, catering, trade stalls and lighting on site

You’ll need either a:

  • Street Party Road Closure Order, or
  • Section 16 application form

Street Party Road Closure Order

You’ll need a Street Party Road Closure Order if your event:

  • has less than an estimated 1000 people attending
  • doesn’t involve closing a traffic sensitive road

A Street Party Road Closure Order is free.

Section 16 – Temporary Traffic regulation order for special events

You’ll need a Section 16 if your event is a large street event and involves the closure of a traffic sensitive road or if you want to close more than one road.

More information about Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders.

In both cases you’ll also need:

  • a premises licence

You should allow:

  • 8 weeks to apply for the premises licence
  • three months to apply for the Section 16 licence
  • We won’t accept late applications.

How to organise a street party

The number one tip for holding a party is to plan early and to share jobs out amongst residents. If you need a temporary road closure, get in touch with your council at least 6 weeks in advance. Your first point of contact could be either the council’s highways, licensing, events or communities team. If you encounter any difficulties speak to your local councillor who will be happy to help.

More helpful tips, advice and support for organising a successful event can be found on The Big Lunch website where you can request a free Big Lunch pack for organisers, and also on the Street Party website.