Organising a street party in Coventry

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  1. Organising a street party in Coventry
  1. Frequently asked questions and checklist

What sort of event does this apply to? 

This is about the sort of street party that groups of residents get together to arrange for their neighbours. The main differences between a small street party and larger public events are listed below:

Street parties:

  • For residents/neighbours only
  • Publicity only to residents 
  • No licences normally necessary if music incidental and no selling is involved
  • No formal risk assessment needed
  • Self-organised

Larger public events:

  • Anyone can attend
  • External publicity (such as in newspapers)
  • Licence usually needed
  • Insurance needed
  • Risk assessment common
  • Professional/skilled organisers

Organising small, private street parties is very simple and generally they do not include activities that need a licence, such as selling alcohol or providing certain types of entertainment. 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. Similarly, larger public events attracting more people will require a different process. If you need a Temporary Events Notice or would like to hold a larger public event, please see GOV.UK for further information and advice.

What to do next

We have drafted a letter that you can send round to local residents to let them know all about your proposed street party. You can download a copy of the letter and print it for your own use.

The number one tip for holding a party is to plan early, think about what you want to achieve and get in touch with us as soon as possible. More helpful tips, advice and support for organising a successful event can be found on the Streets Alive website

Please see our list of FAQs and checklist for street party organisers.

Events team

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7697 7642

Coventry City Council
One Friargate

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