Organising a street party

3. Licences

Alcohol and food

A licence isn’t needed if you’re going to provide alcohol for free at your event.

To sell alcohol you’ll need a ‘temporary events notice’ which costs £21. You can get one from your local council.

Food can be served and sold up to 11pm without a licence. If you want to serve or sell it after 11pm, contact your council.

You don’t need a licence to give alcoholic beverages away as prizes, like a bottle of champagne for a winning raffle ticket, but there are rules about what can be given away. Contact your council for more information.

Music

You don’t need a music licence, whether the music is live or prerecorded, as long as your street party is a private party for residents and you haven’t advertised the music to make money or attract people.

Raffles and tombolas

Gambling regulations don’t apply if tombola or raffle tickets are sold on the day and the prizes aren’t worth more than £500 in total.

If tickets are sold in advance or your prizes are worth more than £500 contact your local council as you might have to register your raffle as a lottery.