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Street Parties

Street parties are a great part of British life and an opportunity for communities to come together to celebrate national occasions. Thousands of street parties took place for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, and over 7 million people got together for The Big Lunch in June 2015.

On the 12th June 2016, the Queen will celebrate her 90th Birthday. Communities up and down the country can be part of this national celebration by organising a neighbourhood street party. You may want to follow the Queen’s example of supporting charities by using your street party to raise money or encourage volunteering for local causes which matter to your community.

Street parties are simple to organise. This guidance sets out what you need to think about, busts the myths about what’s needed, and includes a simple form to let your council know about your plans.

If you are looking to hold a street party it is recommended that you obtain advice on whether you require any form of licence from us. As a general rule you will not require any form of licence if your event fits the following criteria: 

  • for residents/neighbours only
  • no publicity outside the neighbourhood
  • no sale of alcohol

If you are thinking of selling alcohol you can apply to us for a Temporary Event Notice. The fee for a Temporary Event Notice is £21. Further guidance and forms are available in the Documents section of this page.

The Big Lunch: If you want to hold a street party as part of The Big Lunch, you may need to apply for a road closure to close your road. Road closure requests for Big Lunch street parties will be arranged free of charge. The document ‘Road Closure Guidance’ can be found in the Documents section of this page. Further information may be obtained from our Highways team. You can contact them on 0113 222 4407.

Please note, a major sporting event – World Triathlon Leeds – will be taking place over the weekend of 11th & 12th June 2016. The event will take place in public spaces across the city, with a number of road closures. As such, there is the possibility your event could be impacted in some way by the event, directly or indirectly. Further information on the actual locations and route of the event can be found by clicking here. This link will be updated on a frequent basis.


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