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Holding a street party

Traditional street parties are a good way to bring the community together.

If you want to organise a street party and don't know where to start, Streets Alive, a not-for-profit organisation, has lots of useful information on its website.

If you want to hold a street party in Huntingdonshire, there are a number of things you need to do, and these vary depending on the size of the planned event.

If you are planning a small, private street party or fete then you do not need to notify us. However, if you are planning a larger or commercial event please view our Event Safety Advisory Group information.

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Street Parties and Fetes Other Public Events
  • for residents/neighbours only
  • publicity to residents only
  • in a residential road or street
  • no licences normally needed
  • no formal risk assessment needed, unless a road closure is required
  • self-organised 
  • the event will be publicised only to residents
  • there will be no entry charge for the event
  • anyone can attend
  • external publicity (such as in newspapers)
  • licence usually needed
  • insurance needed
  • risk assessment common

Road closures

If you wish to close a road you will need to apply via Cambridgeshire County Council.


If organising a small, private street party or fete, generally you do not need a licence. However, if you are publicising a programme of bands, live music etc or are charging for tickets, entrance or alcohol, you need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice licenceThis may not then be considered a street party.


We do not require you to have public liability insurance, but we advise that you do. More information about insurance is available on


As a private party, you do not need a licence under the Licensing Act 2003 to sell food (unless you want to sell hot food or drink after 11pm).

Clean up

Make sure you clean up afterwards.