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 read the Important Information (Word 214KB) before applying for your event.

Please complete the Commercial Street Party Application (Word 476KB) and Petition for road closure (Word 17KB) forms and send them to us along with all supporting documentation at least ten 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. You can pay this either by sending us a cheque with your application, or pay online. If you pay online please ensure you provide your payment reference in the space provided on the form.

The important information document and application form guide you through the steps you need to take but you will need to:

  • consult with all residents and businesses in the street by distributing flyers and 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
  • apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) if your event includes the sale or supply of alcohol, music and so on
  • 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, emergency access, or if your event is on a bus route. If a road closure is not possible we recommend looking at using an alternative local road.

Please contact us if you want to talk through anything or would like further advice. You can send us an email highwayevents@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 292 503.

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 read the Important Information (Word 45KB) before applying for your event.

Please complete the Residential Street Party Application (Word 110KB) and Petition for road closure (Word 17KB) forms and send them to us along with all supporting documentation at least 8 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.

The important information document and application form guide you through the steps you need to take but you will need to:

  • consult with all residents and businesses in the street by distributing flyers and 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, emergency access, or if your event is on a bus route. If a road closure is not possible we recommend looking at using an alternative local road.

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 292 503.

Play streets

To help you hold a successful play street we have put together a Brighton & Hove play street application form (MS Word 165KB) and an Important Information leaflet (Word 169KB). We need to receive your completed application and petition at least 6 weeks before your first play street.

Brighton & Hove City Council supports the aims and objectives of play dtreets which enables children to play freely in the street in their local neighbourhood. If you have any enquiries about a play street application please send an email to highwayevents@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 291 701.

The steps below are listed in greater detail at the Playing Out website and these steps should help you to meet the requirements of our street party application form and engage with your local community to ensure you have a successful play street event.

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. We also provide a template consultation letter (Word 35KB) that you can use. The important thing is to make sure everyone feels included and consulted from the beginning.

Get permission and support

Once you’re sure there’s enough interest from neighbours, complete the petition form (Word 38KB), showing that at least 66% of the affected properties support the event. You’ll then 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. 

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.

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

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

Government advice can be found on gov.uk.

Contact us

You can email us at highwayevents@brighton-hove.gov.uk or call 01273 291 701 if you want to talk through anything or would like further advice.