What is a street party?
A street party is a social event taking part on a road, street or perhaps two streets. Street parties are usually held to commemorate significant events. Streets are hung with bunting and long trestle tables are set out, to be covered with sandwiches and cakes for the party. For more details on all aspects of street parties go to www.streetparty.org.uk
What is a street meet?
A street meet is a very small street party in a cul-de-sac, drive way, front garden, parking area or on private land. Find out more about street meets on the street party website.
How do I organise a street party or fete?
Organising small, private street parties and fetes is very simple and generally does not include activities that need a licence, such as selling alcohol or providing certain types of entertainment. There is plenty of advice to be found on:
- Organising a small street party on GOV.UK
Do I need to apply to have the road closed?
Yes, please give us at minimum six week notice if you would like to close a road. For more details and to apply see road closures.
However, if you are organising a street meet you may not always need a road closure notice, please check.
Will you be catering from home?
If you are catering from home you need to follow certain guidelines to ensure you keep food safe see catering from home.
Are you thinking of having a barbecue?
Are you using outside caterers?
If you are using outside caterers you need to ensure that they follow the food hygiene requirements for caterers at outdoor events.
More food safety advice
Licence for entertainment or to sell alcohol
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 event notice.
See the detail on organising a small public event.