Street parties

Organising a street party is relatively simple as long as you don't include activities that need a licence, such as the sale or supply of alcohol, or providing public entertainment that have not been exempted by the Deregulation Act and/or the Live Music Act.

Please contact John Gurmin via democratic.services@runnymede.gov.uk or 01932 425624 to discuss your street party before submitting the on-line application form to request a road closure.

Please note that we are not authorising any street parties in the current lockdown.  Residents are advised to comply with all guidance from central Government and Public Health England until further notice.

There are some differences between street parties and outdoor public events. These are detailed below.

Street parties

  • For residents/neighbours only
  • Publicity only to residents and local organisations
  • No licences normally necessary if music is incidental and no sale/supply of alcohol is involved
  • Formal risk assessments or insurance are not essential
  • Self-organised
  • No charge for road closures
  • Notice of road closure(s) put up in affected street(s)

Outdoor public events

  • Anyone can attend
  • External publicity (for example advertising)
  • Licence usually needed for sale/supply of alcohol, public entertainment etc, unless exempted by the Deregulation Act.  For more information see the Temporary Event Notice pages
  • Risk assessment and insurance needed
  • Professionally organised
  • No charge made for road closures
  • A copy of the Temporary Event Notice must be available at the event

If you and your neighbours are planning an event, we suggest you look at the Street Party website for useful tips. You should think about what is needed to ensure your event can take place safely and successfully. 

You can download the revised-and-updated guidance on street parties issued by the secretary of state for communities and local government but please use our form to make enquiries rather than the one printed in the guidance.

Further information

We hope these notes help you plan your event successfully and that it is as enjoyable as possible. If you'd like further guidance please contact:

  • Katie Walker in Community Safety for public safety queries
  • John Gurmin In Democratic Services for road closure queries
  • Robert Smith in Licensing for any licensing related matters.

Decorating/bunting on street furniture

If you would like to put up decorations for your street party you can put up bunting if you wish without a licence but if you want to put up anything bigger or heavier you need to apply for a licence from Surrey County Council. A licence would also be required to attach anything to lamp columns. For further information please contact Surrey County Council.

Licences for street parties

If you want to sell/supply alcohol or provide public entertainment you may need a Temporary Event Notice, for which you need to pay a fee. If you think you may need a Temporary Event Notice please contact our Licensing Team for guidance.

Please note that we are not authorising any street parties in the current lockdown.  Residents are advised to comply with all guidance from central Government and Public Health England until further notice.

Public safety

Our Community Safety team would also like you to consider the following:

  • the security of your own property whilst enjoying the event. Please lock up your home, as you are advertising the fact that you are otherwise engaged, perhaps leaving it vulnerable.
  • all alcohol should be kept under the supervision of an adult.
  • nominate specific individuals to deal with medical and anti-social behaviour issues.
  • pre-arrange your clearing up process and, if the event is likely to have substantial rubbish or recycling implications, make arrangements with our waste collection team beforehand for the clearance of debris.
  • think about parking if you are likely to have many guests with vehicles. Perhaps advise other residents who may be affected.
  • key people on the day should be easily identifiable, perhaps by name badges.

Please note that we are not authorising any street parties in the current lockdown.  Residents are advised to comply with all guidance from central Government and Public Health England until further notice.

Markets

We do not operate any markets ourselves.  Occasionally we are asked to give approval to one-off events such as farmers' markets, French markets and food-and-drink days.  Our policy is to support such events if these are likely to contribute to the economic vitality of the town and if all practical concerns can be overcome.  A market does take place every Saturday in Windsor Street, Chertsey. This is operated by the Feoffees of Chertsey Market, a local charity. 

Road closures for street parties have to be arranged formally as we have to consult Surrey County Council, which is the Highway Authority, if you want to close a road or part of a road for a street party. If they give their approval, we have to make a formal road closure order.