Road closures for street parties
Street parties are:
- for residents/neighbours only
- self organised
- only publicised to residents
- where no selling is involved and music is incidental, that do not require a licence
Organising a small, private street party is very simple and generally doesn’t include activities that need a licence. We’ve streamlined the application process and all applications are made via our online event portal to make it as easy as possible!
Before you apply, please read the important information below.
- Fees and charges
- Dates and times
- Access requirements
- Traffic signage
- Publicity and public consultation
- How to apply
- Further info
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to hold a street party so have waived the application fee to apply for a street party road closure!
Application for the road closure must be made at least 6 weeks in advance of your event date.
The road should preferably be a cul-de-sac/quiet residential street and be closed until no later than:
- midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays before a bank holiday; and
- 10pm on Sundays and bank holidays
The event should preferably finish 1.5 hours before these times in order for organisers to clear the road before it re-opens. Main roads, bus routes, bus diversion routes and blue routes (emergency vehicle routes) cannot be closed for street parties. In the event of conflicting road works in the vicinity of the street party the council reserves the right to refuse the application.
Access must be provided for pedestrian and emergency vehicles at all times. The layout should be such that a clear route along the road could readily be made available for the passage of emergency vehicles. The minimum available width for vehicles should be 3.25 metres and 1.5 metres for pedestrians. Fire hydrants and hydrant marker posts should be kept clear of obstruction.
The closed street needs to be indicated with appropriate temporary signage in accordance with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002. ‘Road closed’ signs and ‘no waiting’/traffic cones can be obtained from hire shops or purchased from road sign suppliers. All junctions adjoining the closed section of road should be signed. Diversions should be appropriately placed to direct traffic along alternative routes if necessary.
The organisers are advised to obtain public liability insurance from a reputable insurer with a limit of indemnity no less than £5million for each claim. Insurance is more necessary if for example staging, maypoles or bouncy castles are used. No damage is to be caused to the carriageway, footway, street trees or street furniture. The street is to be left in a clean and tidy condition.
If you want to sell alcohol or intend to provide entertainment to the wider public, or charge money for your event, you will need a Temporary Event Notice which is a type of temporary licence and costs £21.
Before submitting a street party application, the applicant must:
Deliver a letter or flyer to all residents within the proposed closed section of road to inform of the intention to close the road and for what purpose.
Seek agreement with the majority of residents within the closed section of road and obtain signatures providing evidence to that effect using the street party resident survey form. At least 70% of residents must agree to the road closure.
Both documents detailed above must be submitted upon application.
If you would like to apply to host a street party, this can be done conveniently online using our partner EventApp (external link).
Further guidance for organising street parties can be found on the Community and Local Government website (external link). Also visit the Streets Alive (external link) and The Big Lunch (external link) websites for more helpful tips, advice and support for organising a successful event.
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