Street parties have a long history and are a British tradition.
Street parties are becoming more common with typically relaxed BBQ and food sharing arrangements. Some supporters of street parties believe that they can become widespread and regular throughout the country to promote neighbourliness.
The holding of any street party event in a street in Oxford will generally give rise to a Road Closure Order made by us.
In order to promote the City and closer community ties, small street events are exempt from the requirement for public liability insurance only when:
- The event is not publicised for the general public and therefore will not draw in people from the wider area.
- The event applies to the residents of one or two streets only and not to larger areas of the City. Therefore attendance will generally involve less than 150 people.
- There is no amplified entertainment which may cause nuisance to the wider area.
- There is no alcohol or food being sold.
- The organisers agree to and sign the disclaimer on the application form
Fees and Charges
At present there is no fee payable to us for applying for a Street Party, or the Road Closure required to hold the Street Party.
There is a fee for large events and those held for a commercial purpose, but small events (i.e. Street Parties and Community Events) are exempt from any fee for a road closure.
Making an application
You can download a Street Party Application Form below:
Applications must be completed and submitted to the us no later than 6 weeks prior to the date of the event.
Further information on what you must do to temporarily close a road can be found on our Road Closures page.
Before you apply for your Street Party you must ensure that all of the other frontagers (both residential and commercial) of the street to be closed, and of any road(s) that directly adjoin the street to be closed, have been individually notified and have no substantial objection.
If your application is granted, you will be sent two documents. One is the Road Closure Order; the other is the Public Notice. You will need to make laminated copies of the Public Notice and display them in the street not less than one week before the date of the road closure and to take them down as soon as possible after the event.
You will need to obtain some 'ROAD CLOSED' signs and perhaps other signage. We may be able to lend these to you or advise where they can be hired from, or they can be bought for about £40 each for future use. You can contact Direct Services at Marsh Road, Oxford, OX4 2HH or telephone: 01865 249811.
Streets for People - supported by Oxford City Council
Oxford Streets for People is an Oxford Civic Society initiative dedicated to encouraging people to enjoy their street. Visit the Streets for People website to find out more about organising a street party in Oxford.