Planning a Street Party

Street parties are a great way for neighbours to get to know each other, communities to come together and for lasting friendships to be made.

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Organising a street party is more simple than you might think. There is lots of information available on this page. If you have any questions, get in touch with us on or 01306 885001.

Plan Ahead

Small street parties take place in one or two streets and are for neighbours only. The Communities and Local Government website offers a useful guide to organising a street party.

If you are planning a large event of more than 1,000 people, see Organising a Large Public Event page.

If you want to hold a street party on a public road you will need to tell Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) at least eight weeks before so that MVDC can notify the emergency services and consult with Surrey County Council (SCC) about any planned works in your road. MVDC will ask about:

  • the date and time of the party
  • whether you want the road closed or not
  • whether the road is part of a bus route
  • your contact details

As soon as MVDC has heard from everyone, we will get back to you.

Top Tips

  • plan in advance
  • involve everyone
  • agree timings
  • put up signs
  • consider Public Liability Insurance - recommended (and compulsory if you have more than 1000 people attending)
  • clear up afterwards
  • be aware of noise for those who are not participating

Closing the road 

To close a public road for a street party, you will need MVDC's permission. For all requests, you will need to submit a completed application form together with your event management plan, traffic management plan and risk assessment no less than eight weeks in advance of your event.  You do not need to ask permission to close a private road, but it is recommended to consult with all residents and to ensure that there is access for emergency vehicles.

Please see the Temporary Road Closures page for more information.


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You will need to ensure that the emergency services can still get down the street if they need to. If the road you want to close is on a bus route, you will also need to contact the bus company. You can make your own road closure signs; log on to Streets Alive for templates you can use.


MVDC does not charge for the work undertaken to achieve a road closure and therefore expects all applicants to understand that they meet the costs of any responsibilities they must undertake to comply with the 'Conditions of a Road Closure'.


If you would like to hang bunting over or along the roadside or from street lighting, you will need to get permission from SCC six weeks in advance. You will also need to get permission from SCC for attaching lighting to street lamps.


If you are organising a neighbourhood street party where you will bring your own food, alcohol and music, you do not need a licence.

If you are planning a major event, particularly where the sale of alcohol will take place, you will need to purchase a temporary events notice from MVDC.

You can serve and sell food up to 11pm without a licence.