However, any event that causes disruption to traffic must be carefully managed to minimise congestion. This may require a temporary traffic regulation order, for which we require three months' advance notice. It's advisable to contact us to discuss event traffic management plans at least six months before the event.
We must be notified of small street parties for friends and neighbours but no licence is required for these. We must also be told about larger, publicised events open to the public, such as cycle races, marches, demonstrations and protests. Licences are required for all of these.
We have created a guide and application form for organising a street party [161kb], in those instances where a road closure would not result in any diverted traffic. Organising small, private street parties is simple and, providing alcohol is not sold and entertainment is not provided, licences will not be needed.
A larger event or a street party proposed on a through road, i.e. a road which may access other streets, requires a more detailed process. See the temporary road closure or restriction on the highway page for more details on planning a larger event and to download an application form.
The legal process required to close a road to traffic carries a charge. View our list of fees and charges for 2016-17 [252kb].
It is the responsibility of the event organiser to make sure the event is planned and held safely and with minimum disruption to other highway users. See this event safety guide [917kb] from the Health and Safety Executive for guidance.
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