Street parties and fetes are a traditional part of community life. They are a simple way for us to get to know our neighbours and meet members of our community.
The simple guidelines below tell you how to hold a community event in your local area. There is also one simple form for you to use to let us know about your plans, so you can get on with the real work of organising a fun event.
This is about the sort of street parties and fetes that groups of residents get together to arrange for their neighbours. The main differences between a small street party and fetes and larger public events are listed below:
|Street parties and fetes||Larger public events|
|Attended by||For residents / neighbours only||Anyone can attend|
|Publicity||Publicity only to residents||External publicity (e.g. in newspapers)|
|Licences||No licenses usually necessary if music incidental and no selling is involved||Licence usually needed|
|Risk assessment||No formal risk assessment needed||Risk assessment common|
|Organised by||Self organised||Professional / skilled organisers|
|Insurance||Insurance optional||Insurance needed|
Organising small, private street parties and fetes is very simple and generally does not include activities that need a licence, such as selling alcohol or providing certain types of entertainment.
If you would like to hold a small, private street party or fete to celebrate a national event you can use the form on this page to let us know about your plans.
While we want to make it as straightforward as possible for you to organise your event the Council has a legal duty to ensure the safety of the public and the free flow of traffic on the district’s roads.
That means we need to know where and when you want to close roads so that we can plan around it (for example, so emergency services know).
No charge will be made for road closures for national events.
We do not insist on you having public liability insurance but we strongly recommend event organisers to obtain it from a private insurer.
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 costs £21.
This guide is aimed at helping you organise a simple neighbourhood party in the street where you live.
Organising a neighbourhood party is a great way of getting to know your neighbours and making new friends.
They are also a fantastic way for everyone to build a stronger sense of belonging to your local community and are fun!
The most successful parties involve as many neighbours as possible.
Send out a written invitation, but also remember to invite people face-to-face. Some people will need more encouragement.
Allow for a variety of tastes, for example offer vegetarian food and entertainment that’s suitable for all age groups.
You may not be able to please everyone, but as long as you invite everyone, respect differences and don’t seriously inconvenience anyone, your party should run smoothly.
Get as many people as possible to contribute their ideas and help on the day
For advice on any of these issues please ﬁll out the Public Safety Liaison Group form. The form will be distributed to the relevant council ofﬁcers who can advise you on how to proceed with your event while staying within the law. A meeting may be arranged to help you plan your event in the safest possible manner.
Bradford Council Neighbourhood Wardens can help you organise your party. Call 01274 431000.
For advice on road closures, road signs and insurance call Bradford Council on 01274 431000.