On this page: Information and guidance to help organisers of street parties; including legal requirements, health and safety tips and how to apply for a road closure.
Organising a Street Party
Street parties and fetes are a traditional part of community life. They are a simple way for us to get to know our neighbours, meet members of our community as well as celebrating a very special event.
Making the Arrangements
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to hold these sorts of local events successfully but in doing so ensure that you take into account:
Any legal requirements such event licensing or making an application to close a road
Health and safety requirements such as access for emergency vehicles
Consideration for those nearby that may not be part of your community event
Applications must be received at least a month before the event
Please give consideration to the nature of the road you are thinking of closing. For example, is it a through route or is it a bus route? We would encourage the closure of residential roads rather than a main road or a bus route. If the road is a through road you will need to think about alternative/diversion routes and signage to redirect traffic.
If the road you wish to close is not an adopted public highway you will have to seek authorisation from the local land owner or frontages.
Detailed information and key considerations for street party organisers are included in a downloadable PDF file:
Consulting Your Neighbours
As you organise the street party event you will of course want to consult formally with your neighbours. To help you get started we have drafted a Residents Consultation Letter which you may wish to consider using or adapting.
Closing a Road
If you want to close a road in order to hold the street party you must make a formal application to us to do so. The application form is available as a downloadable PDF file:
The Council will usually waive all charges associated with a road closure.
In some circumstances it might be necessary for you to apply for a Temporary Event Notice.
Further Information and Advice
You can find further information and advice at the following websites:
Swindon Borough Council
3rd Floor, Wat Tyler House (West)
Tel: 01793 466380