Street parties and fêtes are a traditional part of British life and are a great way to get to know neighbours and build strong communities.
This page offers advice for the sorts of street parties and fêtes that groups of residents get together to arrange for their neighbours.
- The main differences between these events and larger public events
- Closing a road for a street party
- Public Safety and Public Liability Insurance
- Risk assessment
- First Aid
- Do we need a permit to serve food?
- Event clearup
Street parties and fetes
Larger public events
Small, private street parties and fêtes are simple to organise and generally do not include activities that need a licence, such as selling alcohol or providing certain types of entertainment. If your event fits into the larger public events category, visit the Plan an Event page for more information.
Start your planning as early as possible by getting in touch with the Events Office and completing the Events Application Form (find this and other useful documents on the Events Forms & Guidance page) who will be happy to help. It is worth drawing up a timetable with a budget, key times and identify who the organisers and of the event will be, although you don't have to know all the details of your event yet - just give us an idea of what you'd like to do. Our officers can then give you advice on how to proceed.
You need to consult everyone who lives in a house or runs a business that will be affected by the road closure; it is your responsibility to make sure they are aware of the proposals and are happy with them.
For further information on road closures or pre-application advice, contact the Traffic and Safety Team on 01225 395386 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to submit Form 1 - Street Closures for Community Street Parties in the documents section and return this to the Traffic Management Team.
If your waste and recycling collections are on the same day as the street party, they may not be able to take place if the road will be blocked before the collectors arrive. Visit our events waste guidance page for more information.
An identified person or body needs to take responsibility, as event organiser, for public safety as there is always the potential for compensation to be sought by injured parties if things go wrong. For a very small street event you may not feel insurance is necessary, however it is sensible to have Public Liability Insurance for £5m when organising a public event. This can be arranged through most insurance companies and need not be costly.
For small community street parties and events, licences will not normally be required if music is incidental and no alcohol is being sold. If your event does not fit into this category and you feel a licence may be required, see the Plan an Event page for more details.
Weighing up risk is a something we do every day. When crossing the road, we look at the traffic and decide whether it's safe to cross. If it is, we do it; if it's not, we might wait for a bigger gap between cars or walk to a zebra crossing. This is what we mean by 'risk assessment' - taking simple, common sense steps to make sure nobody gets hurt.
It is up to you what arrangements you want to make for first aid. Consider having a basic first aid kit handy and nominating someone to be in charge of it. They don't need to be professionally trained but some basic knowledge of first aid would be useful. Volunteering for a role like this doesn't impose any special legal responsibility on a person - they are treated in the same way as any 'good samaritan' would be if they came to a person's aid.
No – as a private party, you don’t need special permission unless you’re serving after 11pm. For guidance on best practice, follow these food safety tips.
You don’t need a licence to hold a raffle as long as you only sell the raffle tickets during the event and the value of the prizes doesn’t exceed £500.
If you want to sell tickets before the event, or your prizes are worth more than £500, contact the Licensing Team on 01225 477531 or email@example.com for advice.
Most events generate waste - remember to think about suitable waste receptacles (separated for recycling where possible) and make arrangements for litter picking and waste removal after the event.
Visit our events waste guidance page for more information.
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