This guidance refers to the kind of street parties that groups of residents get together to arrange with neighbours. The main differences between a small street party and other public events are listed below:
- For residents/neighbours only
- Publicity only to residents
- In a quiet residential road or street
- Insurance not usually required
- No formal risk assessment needed
- Licence not usually required unless the sale of alcohol is involved
Other Public Events:
- Anyone can attend
- External publicity (such as newspapers/social media)
- In buildings, parks etc.
- Professional/skilled organisers
- Insurance needed
- Risk assessment usually required
- Licence usually required
You should not need a risk assessment – as long as consideration is given to the needs of all those attending, common sense precautions should be enough.
Do I need a licence
The Licensing Act 2003 does not require a music licence at a street party unless amplified music is one of the main purposes of the event.
However, if you plan to sell alcohol you will need a Temporary Event Notice.
Consideration should always be given to nearby residents and any noise/music should be at a reasonable level so as not to disturb neighbours.
Lancashire County Council Highways Team is responsible for public highways within the Burnley Borough. If you are planning to close your street, a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order may need to be put in place. Please complete an Event Notification form if you would like to request a road closure.
Although there is no legal requirement to have public liability insurance, you may think that it is a good idea to have some in place, further advice can be found at edenprojectcommunities.com.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed that one-off events such as street parties aren’t usually considered food businesses. However you must ensure that any food provided is safe to eat.
If you wanted to organise a gathering or ‘Street Meet’ on private land, such as a driveway or front garden, further information can be found here:
- Our event safety guidance
- The Street Party Site for helpful advice and information
- The Big Lunch has a great website to help you plan
- Food Standards Agency – providing food at community and charity events
- Further advice for community groups on providing safe food
- Cleaning | Food Standards Agency
- The NHS Choices website has practical tips on how to prepare and cook food safely