Holding a street party

Traditional street parties are a good way to bring the community together.

If you want to organise a street party and don't know where to start, Streets Alive, a not-for-profit organisation, has lots of useful information on its website: www.streetparty.org.uk.

If you want to hold a street party in Huntingdonshire, there are a number of things you need to do, and these vary depending on the size of the planned event.

If you are planning a small, private street party or fete then you do not need to notify us. However, if you are planning a larger or commercial event please view our Event Safety Advisory Group information.

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Street Parties and Fetes Other Public Events
  • for residents/neighbours only
  • publicity to residents only
  • in a residential road or street
  • no licences normally needed
  • no formal risk assessment needed, unless a road closure is required
  • self-organised 
  • anyone can attend
  • external publicity (such as in newspapers)
  • licence usually needed
  • insurance needed
  • risk assessment common

Road closures

If you want to close a road then you need to apply for a temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). These are managed by Cambridgeshire County Council. Apply for a TRO from Cambridgeshire County Council.

Licensing

If organising a small, private street party or fete, generally you do not need a licence. However, if you are publicising a programme of bands, live music etc or are charging for tickets, entrance or alcohol, you need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice licence.

Insurance

We do not require you to have public liability insurance, but we advise that you do. More information about insurance is available on www.streetparty.org.uk.

Food

As a private party, you do not need a licence under the Licensing Act 2003 to sell food (unless you want to sell hot food or drink after 11pm).

View information from the Food Standards Agency on street parties.

Clean up

Make sure you clean up afterwards.