IF you host a street party to celebrate the King’s coronation and you haven’t got permission from the council, you could be breaking the law.
But officials have refused to say whether Brits holding unregistered roadside gatherings will face any consequences – so you’ll probably get away with it.
Millions of people are expected to toast the newly-crowned monarch over the bank holiday weekend, but only [TBC] official street party applications have been approved.
It is anticipated many more get-togethers will go ahead, meaning thousands of roads could be closed illegally to make room for the festivities.
It is an offence to obstruct any public right of passage – which includes roads, pavements and thoroughfares.
Anyone wishing to do so for a knees-up must obtain a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order from their council’s highways department, licensing or events team or risk a fine or up to 51 weeks behind bars.
But with officials free to charge for the paperwork, many residents opted not to apply.
It is now too late to arrange for a formal road closure, however thousands of royal fans might do it anyway and put out their tables, chairs and bunting on May 6.
Thankfully though, it appears local authorities won’t be enforcing the rules – so they’ve likely got nothing to worry about.
A source told The Sun that no action will be taken unless events become a “nuisance” and get really out of hand, or more than 500 people turn up where alcohol is being sold.
And even then, celebrations will likely still be allowed to continue once quieter, without the risk of fines or any other punishment.
The Local Government Association confirmed no special enforcement approaches were being introduced next weekend.
A spokesperson added: “Street parties are a great way to bring neighbours together to get to know each other better.
“There is lots of research to show that these informal, resident-led events have a positive and lasting impact on the communities that take part.”
Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove said: “Street parties should be encouraged.
“I look forward to the creative ways which you and your communities choose to mark the coronation.”
He also urged councils to be “completely flexible” when dealing with road closures.