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Road works and street closures
Please check Warwickshire County Councils Road Works page.
Street Closures for Special Events
Please see our Road Closures page for a list of planned Road Closures in North Warwickshire.
North Warwickshire is a great place to celebrate events such as a village carnival or a street party. These festivals are a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know our neighbours and meet members of the local community. The Borough Council is keen to promote community activities where they can be accommodated conveniently and safely.
Events which may require a road closure fall into two categories:
- Large events such as carnivals and fetes
- Professional/skilled organisers
- Anyone can attend
- Advertised widely (such as newspapers)
- Licences, risk assessment and public liability insurance needed
You will need to complete an Application for Street Closure Order – Special Events.
- Small events such as street parties
- Self organised
- For residents/neighbours only
- Advertised only to residents
- No licences normally necessary and no selling is involved
- No formal risk assessment needed unless a road closure is involved
- Insurance may be needed
If you would a road closure for a small event, you can use our online form to let us know about your plans. Please tell us about your event at least 8 weeks in advance.
For helpful tips, advice and support for organising a successful event visit:
Streets Alive – www.streetparty.org.uk
Big Lunch – thebiglunch
FAQs for small events
Q. Do we need insurance cover?
A. Most local authorities do not ask for public liability insurance cover for a small residential street party. But where you or your council think insurance would be a good idea you might find it helpful to go on Streets Alive and The Big Lunch websites for further advice.
Q. Do I need to do a risk assessment?
A. Most local authorities do not ask for a risk plan for small street parties, but you may wish to think about how you can minimise things going wrong and have a back up plan, for example - what would you do if there was bad weather? Can you use plastic plates and cups rather than glass? Have you made sure an adult is in charge of the barbeque etc.
Q. We're serving alcoholic drinks - do we need an alcohol licence?
A. No, licences are only required if alcohol is sold. At a private party, sharing drinks with your neighbours does not require a licence. If you did want to sell alcohol, you will need a Temporary Events Notice form
Q. We're playing music - do we need an entertainment licence?
A. No - if your street party is a private party for residents and the music is not advertised in advance to attract people, and you're not making money then there is no need for a licence for your music, whether it's live or recorded.
Q. Do we need a permit to serve food?
A. As a private party you do not need a licence to serve food unless you intend to sell hot food and drink after 11pm.
Q. We're having a tombola/raffle - do we need permission?
A. Probably not. If the tickets are sold on the day and the prizes are not worth more than £500 in total it will be exempt form the gambling regulations. All proceeds much go to good causes such as a charity or covering the cost of the event. If you sell tickets in advance of the event you will need a lottery registration so please contact your council.
Q. Do we need to clean up afterwards?
A. Yes, you will need to clean up after your street party. It's your street, your party, so keep your local area clean and tidy. Let people know in advance what time the party will finish and have a section set aside for bin bags and recycling.
Last updated Wednesday, 20th June 2018