Before you ask for permission to close a road for a street party
Check our planned roadworks and events map to make sure there are no other activities planned in your area when you want to have your street party. If there are too many activities at the same time, this may cause disruption and we may not be able to approve your application.
How we classify a street party
We classify a street party as an event that:
- is not publicised for the general public so will not draw in people from a wider area
- applies to the residents of one or two streets only and so attendance will generally involve fewer than 150 people
- will only restrict use of minor residential roads, by this we mean:
- a cul-de-sac
- a road which, by its nature, only exists to serve the properties alongside it
- will only have a very minimal impact on through traffic
- does not impact a bus route/bus services
If the criteria above is not met, then please refer to our special event information, which caters for larger, more potentially disruptive events.
Street parties on private property
If you don't want to close a road, you could always organise a Street Meet on private land. Pick a practical spot in the street to have a get-together on a driveway, parking area or front garden.
If you choose to have a Street Meet, make sure that:
- residents and neighbours are happy with the arrangements
- the location is safe
- there are no risks to anyone's safety
Optional considerations for street party organisers
Although not compulsory for an application, it is recommended that organisers of street parties consider having:
- public liability insurance
- a risk assessment
Costs to you
We do not charge for the legal process of authorising a road closure for a street party.
There may be costs incurred to you for hiring or purchasing the necessary signs and cones that are needed to safely and effectively block access to the section of closed road.
Engagement with stakeholders potentially affected by road closures
Organisers of a street party must engage with stakeholders that may be affected by a road closure or other restrictions, such as residents of the street and maybe even businesses.
You will need to attach the completed engagement document to your application.
We accept that not all stakeholders listed in the document will be affected by all restrictions, (in which case mark them not applicable (n/a)) but this exercise is important supporting evidence of an event organiser's consideration of the impact on all road users, and will support an application to close a road.
Should any adverse comments in relation to the traffic management proposals be received, these should be resolved by the event organiser.
Applicants or the nominated person in overall charge of the event:
- agree that the street party will not be publicised to the general public; will not attract people from a wide area; involve fewer than 150 people; only restrict use of a cul-de-sac or a road, which, by its nature, only exists to serve the properties alongside it; will only have minimal impact on through traffic and will not impact a bus route or bus services
- must provide a contact name and number who can be contacted 24 hours a day particularly during the event and agree for these details to be used in line with the privacy notice. If you do not accept our use of these contact details or require more information, please email email@example.com to discuss
- must consult and engage with those likely to be affected by any traffic restriction and use the engagement document, detailing those parties contacted and the feedback given (both positive and negative).
- must organise the event in such a way that access for pedestrians and emergency/essential vehicles can be maintained
- must arrange for a minimum of one road closed sign to be placed at each point where the road(s) are to be closed; please note:
- we do not automatically supply these signs as part of the authorisation of a road closure for a street party
- we do not have sufficient numbers of them to provide these free of charge
- signs can be purchased or hired from the Dorset Highways Sign Shop or from most reputable traffic management companies
- must erect the public notice that Dorset Council will issue at each end of the closure at least seven days prior to the street party
- must ensure all equipment, materials and rubbish associated with the event is cleared. the road returned to the condition found before the event and the road reopened by the time the licence expires (this cannot wait until the following morning)
- must ensure noise from the event is kept to acceptable levels at all times and to a minimum after 9pm
Minimum of six weeks notice is required. Please have your engagement document ready to attach.
Use of personal data
See if you need a Temporary Event Notice (TEN).
Street parties in their own right do not require a licence but there are certain activities that require authorisation under the Licensing Act 2003. If we grant temporary traffic restriction it does not provide for, nor indicate, that any other licence for your event will be approved.