Street parties and fetes

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.

This information relates to street parties and fetes where 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:

Street parties and fetes

  • for residents/neighbours only
  • publicity only to residents
  • no licences 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 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 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.

How to apply for a street party or fete

In order to organise a street party you need to apply for a road closure on that particular street. To do this you need to complete the:

You can read our guidance notes to help you with the application.

Please send your completed application form to:

Borough of Poole
Network Management
Room 159
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU

If your application is successful, you will be sent an approval letter and laminated notices which are to be erected in the road affected 7 days before the event. 

We cannot provide or give permission for the use of cones. If you are organising an event which is likely to require this type of measure, then this would need to be part of the discussions with the events Safety Advisory Group.

Page last updated: 25 February 2021
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