King Charles III Coronation street parties: How to apply for permission

Written by on 9th February 2023

Residents in Sunderland wanting to hold a street party to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III will have to seek permission from Sunderland City Council. 

 Street party during Platinum Jubilee | Image credit- Alamy News

The first coronation in the country since that of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 will take place on Saturday May 6, 2023 at Westminster Abbey in London, and will also see Camilla crowned as Queen Consort. 

For those who can’t make it to the capital in May, there is the chance to celebrate the event with neighbours in dedicated street parties, similar to those that were held during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations last year. 

The council advises that its number one tip for residents wanting to hold a street party is to apply for permission at least six weeks before the event. That means applications should be made before March 25. 

This deadline is not written in law, and the Government suggests residents that miss it should simply ask their council to be flexible. 

There are some differences depending on whether the street being closed is a main road and accommodates a bus route, but the process is relatively straightforward. The organiser of the street party needs to fill in a form on the council’s website


The street party rules: 

  • Only for residents and neighbours
  • Publicity is only for residents
  • The street party should take place in a quiet residential road, block of flats or local green space
  • It should be self-organised
  • No risk assessment is needed
  • No licences are necessary, unless the sale of alcohol is involved
  • No insurance is needed
  • The Licensing Act 2003 does not require a music licence at a street party


The Government has published further guidance and a myth-busting guide for people organising parties.

Will you be holding a street party this year for your neighbours? Let us know and tag us in your pictures @SparkSunderland on Instagram. 

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