Close a road

Close a road

Children playing on the road with a road closure sign.
If you're thinking of holding a Big Lunch on your street and you want to close the road, it’s best to make enquiries with your council as soon as possible.

You can hold a street-party-style event for your Big Lunch on any patch of land or in any building such as a communal, private or pub garden; a local park; driveway; school playground; church; mosque; synagogue; gurdwara or temple — wherever you want, as long as you have the relevant permission from the owner.

If you want to close your street, here's how to make it happen.

​Contact your local council

It’s best to do this as early as possible as some councils require up to 12 weeks’ notice.

  • If you're in England or Wales, simply follow the 'Organising a street party' steps on the gov.uk website
  • If you're in Scotland, contact the Roads and Communities department of your local council
  • If you're in Northern Ireland, visit your local council website and search for road closure for special events guidance. It's recommended to give yourself plenty of time as the process can take from 16 weeks to 21 days. If you're thinking about it, get in touch with our Northern Ireland team for support and advice
​Further advice

The Street Party Site has lots of advice on road closures.

Contact us

If you run into any difficulties, please feel free to contact us and we'll be more than happy to help.

Host in another space

If closing your road isn't an option, consider hosting your event in another area. Ask people in your community what venues they know of, someone might just surprise you with the perfect location idea.

Finding an indoor venue doesn't need to cost money either; explain your situation to venue owners — they may be happy to 'support local'. Otherwise find a communal outdoor space - you'll attract more people when there are no boundaries to cross, and everyone can see what fun you're having!

If you need support in getting your event off the ground, see our tips for increasing your sphere of influence.