Street parties and fetes
Street parties and fetes are a long-held British tradition that we want to encourage and make easier to hold.
Organising a small street party or fete is often quite simple and you do not always need a licence or insurance, as long as your event is organised by and for residents and neighbours only.
How to arrange a road closure?
Please contact your local district or borough council – they can arrange a temporary road closure and advise what else you need to do:
- Street party consent - Eastbourne Borough Council
- Street closures - Lewes District Council
- Road closures - Hastings Borough Council
- Temporary road closures - Rother District Council
- Road closures - Wealden District Council
Planning your street party
You can find lots of information and tips about how to get started with planning a street party from these websites:
- street party
- your guide to organising a street party (gov.uk)
- organising a street party (gov.uk)
- the big lunch
Decorating the street
If you are planning to attach bunting and other decorations to street lights, please make sure:
- they are high enough not to cause an obstruction
- you do not drill any holes or use nails or glue
- your decorations do not cross or overhang the road
For banners, decorative lighting or bunting that hang over the highway, you will need to apply for a licence from: East Sussex Highways.
Contact: East Sussex Highways, if you would like to borrow traffic cones, signs or barriers for an event.
If in doubt, do not hesitate to get in touch: