Street parties and outdoor public events

Organising small, private street parties is very simple and generally does not include activities that need a licence, such as selling alcohol or providing certain types of entertainment.

We have provided guidance notes to help you and a form to let us know what you are planning.

The main differences between a small street party and outdoor public events are:

Street partiesOutdoor public events
For residents/neighbours onlyAnyone can attend
Publicity only to residentsExternal publicity (such as in newspapers)
No licences normally necessary if music incidental and no selling is involvedLicence usually needed
No formal risk assessment neededInsurance needed
Self-organisedRisk assessment common
 Professional/skilled organisers
No charge for road closure order£116 charge for road closure order

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 which is a type of temporary licence and there is a charge for this.

Similarly, outdoor public events attracting more people will require a different process. These might include events in parks, open spaces and in streets outside premises such as pubs, shops or clubs.

If you need a Temporary Events Notice or would like to hold an outdoor public event, please contact Customer Services for further information and advice.

Street parties

Street parties are a traditional part of community life.

If you would like to hold a street party, use the simple form here to let Spelthorne Council know about your plans - especially if you wish to close a road for the event.

You might be eligible for a small grant to help make your street party go with a swing.

Contact community.safety@spelthorne.gov.uk and put Street Parties in the subject line. You will be contacted and asked for details of your event, which will determine whether or not you are eligible for a grant.

The top tips tip for holding a party are

  • plan early
  • think about what you want to achieve
  • get in touch with us at least 4-6 weeks in advance

More helpful tips, advice and support for organising a successful event can be found on the Streets Alive website and The Big Lunch website.

For information on road closure signs, responsibility for rubbish disposal and other topics, see the guidance notes and Street Parties FAQ