Differences between street parties and large public events

Find out how to identify whether your event is classed as a street party or a larger public event.

The main differences between a small street party and fetes and larger public events are listed below:

Street parties and fetes

  • For residents/neighbours only
  • Publicity only to residents
  • No licences are normally necessary if music is incidental and no selling is involved
  • No formal risk assessment needed
  • Self-organised

Larger public events

  • Anyone can attend
  • External publicity
  • Licence usually needed
  • Insurance needed
  • Risk Assessment is usually needed
  • Skilled / Professional organiser
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