Skip to content

Hertfordshire County Council

If you're planning to have a street party or event on a public road, you'll need to get permission to close the road.

Most closures for events are free, if it's on a residential street and doesn't affect a bus route. We'll let you know if we need to charge you to close the road.

Street party conditions (read before you apply)

There are differences for each street party depending on the size. The basic rule is that they're not disruptive, they're small scale and they're free to attend.

Here are some specific conditions:

  • Street parties must be held in daylight hours only and must finish by 10pm.
  • Emergency service vehicles always need access.
  • Disabled drivers must be able to access disabled parking bays.
  • You'll need to speak to residents who will be affected by the road closure to make sure they haven't got any objections.
  • You can only apply to close the same section of road once a year.
  • Road closures will only be effective when signs are in place.
  • All rubbish must be cleared up.
  • You can't damage the road surface.
  • Signs need to be clearly visible to all road users.
  • If you want to sell alcohol or food, you need authorisation from your local authority.
  • You can't charge people to attend the event.
  • Music shouldn't disrupt local residents.
  • If the street party is to be held on a bus route then they may incur a charge.
  • The event can't be publicised, advertised or opened to the wider public.



If you're looking to close an A road, or if bus services will be affected, we'll need to advertise the closure in advance. Here's what that will cost.

Our team will advise you about any costs when you apply.

Type of roadPrice

Planned event requiring advertisement
(for example, if it's on an A road or where bus services are affected)


Where no advertisement is required


Street parties or charity events (where no advertisement is needed)


Our fees cover the cost of checking, drafting and advertising a special event order for your road closure.


Rate this page