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Guidance for street parties

Street parties are traditional community events that are a part of our way of life. They involve groups of residents getting together to arrange a social gathering in celebration of special events. Or just to enjoy each other’s company.

Organising small, private street parties is very simple.  It generally does not include activities that need a licence. Such as selling alcohol or providing certain types of entertainment.  

If you want to have a pay bar or intend to provide entertainment to the wider public, or charge to raise money for your event, you will need a Temporary Event Notice.  

If you think you need a Temporary Events Notice please have a look at our Licensing pages for further information and advice.

How to obtain permission to hold a street party

If you would like to hold a street party you will need to let the council know by completing an application form.  There is a choice of two forms;

  • the basic form applies to small parties in cul-de-sac or minor residential street locations
  • the event notification form applies to street parties held on a busier through road locations

To help you select the correct form please see the easy-to-use flowchart.

The number one tip for holding a party is to plan early. Think about what you want to achieve. Get in touch with the Council at least 12 weeks in advance.

Is there a cost?

The council makes no charge for street party applications held in low risk locations such as cul-de-sacs. However the standard event road closure fee of £42 may apply for larger street parties held on through road locations.

What happens next?

Send your completed form to Cornwall Council Event Planning Team: and the Streetworks Team:

We will look at your application and will let you know once everything is ok.

If you require further help or guidance please contact:

The Council's Streetworks Team
Tel: 0300 1234 222
Write to: Streetworks Section, Highways Dept, Radnor Road, Scorrier, TR16 5EH

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope this guidance has made things easier for you. If you have any further queries, please see our FAQ's and checklist.

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