What to do if you're having a street party

 

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Street parties are a traditional part of British life. They’re fun and bring neighbours together.

We want to help you to organise your street party with the least fuss and expense.

What a street party is

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Street parties are parties for neighbours. They're not advertised to the wider public and they're not commercial activities. Street parties take place in small residential roads where they will not affect traffic or parking.

They are organised by residents for their neighbours and do not include selling anything. This includes food and drink, or professional entertainment.

If you want to check that your event qualifies as a street party, contact us at:

Phone: 020 7341 5762 

Email: specialevents@rbkc.gov.uk

If you want to plan a bigger event or need to close a road, you'll need to contact us to find out what the process is.

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What you need to do

To organise your street party, you'll need to:

  • plan in advance
  • consult with everyone on your street to make sure they are supportive of the event
  • let us know the details by completing an online form

We will review the details provided by you in your online form and will be in touch shortly to confirm the next steps of the process. Depending on your plans, there may be additional forms to complete but we will provide you with all the information you need to ensure everything is in place.

You can use this letter template to let your neighbours know that you want to have a street party:

letter template


What happens next

We will review the details in your online form and will be in touch shortly to confirm the next steps of the process.

Depending on your plans, there may be extra forms to complete. We will provide you with all the information you need to ensure everything is in place.

Food and drink

If you are planning a larger event you'll need to complete a different form. A larger event is an event which you are:

  • letting anyone attend
  • selling tickets for
  • selling food or drink at

You should contact us on:

Phone: 020 7341 5762

Email: specialevents@rbkc.gov.uk

Food hygiene legislation will still apply if food is provided to members of the public. This is regardless of whether money has been exchanged.

Food providers do not need to have a food hygiene certificate. They should take responsibility for preparing food in a safe and hygienic manner.

Advice from the Food Standards Agency and NHS Choices

Find out about providing safe food at street parties and other community events on the Food Standards Agency website.

View practical tips on food hygiene on the NHS Choices website.

You may want to look at some helpful hints put together by Streets Alive, an organisation that promotes street parties. Visit www.streetparty.org.uk  / www.thebiglunch.com.