Street parties and play streets

About street parties and play streets

Commercial Street Parties are arranged by a local business.

Residential Street Parties are arranged by local residents or community groups for the benefit of their neighbourhood. Attendance is limited to the residents of the area.

Play Streets enable children to play freely in the street in their local neighbourhood.

Commercial Street Parties

Please complete Application for Commercial Street Party/Event (MS Word 152KB) and Petition for road closure (MS Word 52KB) forms and send them to us at least twelve weeks before you plan to hold your party.

We will confirm when we have received your application and then respond again when we have assessed your application.

The cost for a commercial street party is £347.

We will advise you through the steps you need to take but you will need to:

  • Carry out consultation with all residents in the street by completing the petition form above, showing that at least 66% of the affected properties support the event
  • Apply to the council for a formal road closure notice
  • Put out the correct signs and barriers to make sure your road closure is safe
  • Provide qualified stewards to manage the road closure

Some roads in the city are not able to be closed. This could be because of problems with re-routing traffic or emergency access. If a road closure is not possible we recommend looking at using an alternative local road.

We need to coordinate road closures across the city, so we need to have all the applications in before we can let you know about each individual request.

Please contact us if you want to talk through anything or would like further advice.  You can contact us at highwayevents@brighton-hove.gov.uk or on 01273 292503.

Residential Street Parties

Local residents or community groups can apply to close the road to hold street parties in their area. We welcome these parties and understand they can bring great benefits to a local community. We appreciate that these events are often low budget with food and facilities being provided by residents.

Please complete Application for street parties (Word 93KB) and Petition for road closure (Word 52KB) forms and send them to us least six weeks before you plan to hold your party.

We will confirm when we have received your application and then respond again when we have assessed your application.

We do not charge for assisting street parties organised by local residents. We only charge if there is a commercial or business element to the event. In these cases, please refer to the guidance for Commercial Street Parties above.

We will advise you through the steps you need to take but you will need to:

  • Carry out consultation with all residents in the street by completing the petition form above, showing that at least 66% of the affected properties support the event

  • Apply to the council for a formal road closure notice

  • Put out the correct signs and barriers to make sure your road closure is safe

Some roads in the city are not able to be closed. This could be because of problems with re-routing traffic or emergency access. If a road closure is not possible we recommend looking at using an alternative local road.

We need to coordinate road closures across the city, so we need to have all the applications in before we can let you know about each individual request.

Please contact us if you want to talk through anything or would like further advice.  You can contact us at highwayevents@brighton-hove.gov.uk  or on 01273 292503.

Play Streets

To help you hold a successful play street we have put together a Brighton & Hove play street application form (MS Word 69KB).

Brighton & Hove City Council supports the aims and objectives of Play Streets which enables children to play freely in the street in their local neighbourhood. If you have any enquiries about a Play Street application please contact Street.Licensing@brighton-hove.gov.uk or call 01273 291701.

The below four steps are listed in greater detail at the http://www.playingout.net web site and these steps should help you to meet the requirements of our street party application form and engage with you local community to ensure you have a successful  play street event.

1. Talk to your neighbours and set a date

How you do this is up to you. We advise talking in the street, door-knocking, leafleting and holding an informal meeting. The important thing is to make sure everyone feels included and consulted from the beginning.

2. Get permission and support

Once you’re sure there’s enough interest from neighbours, you’ll need to apply to the council for permission to close the road and make sure you have enough people willing to do stewarding and other jobs. Recruiting people is also a good chance to get to know your neighbours better.

3. Tell everyone

This just means publicising the times and dates of your sessions to everyone on the street and inviting them to come outside.  Try to make everyone feel included and ensure it is clear that parents are responsible for their own children. Also ensure that you have the correct signage and other equipment to close the road safely.

4. Play out!

On the day, do a risk assessment. Arrange to meet and brief your stewards at least 15 minutes before the road is due to close.  As long as the road is closed and stewarded safely, you can more or less let everything else take care of itself.

More information

If you have a street party planned, why not look at our food at outdoor events page to help you save money and save waste.

Our street party & play street application forms guide you through what you need to do and has additional information at the end of the form.

Find useful information and templates for signs at Streetparty and Playing out websites.

Government advice can be found on the communities and local government page.

Contact us

You can email us at highwayevents@brighton-hove.gov.uk or call us on (01273) 292503 if you want to talk through anything or would like further advice.