Notting Hill Carnival 2019

Notting Hill Carnival 2019 takes place on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August.

As the biggest event of its kind in Europe, we know the carnival has a major impact on those who live and work along the route. The 2019 carnival is being organised by Notting Hill Carnival Limited. Westminster City Council is working closely with the organisers, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, partner agencies, the Metropolitan Police Service and other emergency services to minimise the impact of the event on residents and the local area.

The council does this by providing public toilets, managing street trading sites, enforcing unlicensed activity, removing rubbish from the carnival route each night and offering a free garden and basement cleaning service after the event to residents within the carnival footprint.

1. Street trading

Applications to trade in Westminster at Notting Hill Carnival are now open. Please read our street trading guide (PDF, 1MB) carefully before applying. 

Please return the completed street trading application form to


2. Road closures, traffic and travel

There will be road closures in the Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park areas over the bank holiday weekend. The road closures will also make traffic around the event areas busier than usual. For more information on travel disruption, see the Transport for London website.

3. Residents drop-in

Notting Hill Carnival Ltd are hosting an official residents meeting on 15 July 2019.

Monday 15 July
6.30 to 8pm
St Johns Church, Lansdowne Crescent
London W11 2NN

Come along to meet the organisers, hear from the council and police. There will be presentations and an opportunity to ask questions.


4. Private trading

If you operate a food business over the Notting Hill Carnival weekend, then you may need to register as a Food Business with the Council, especially if you intend to do this on a regular basis or if you intend to undertake food operations at other locations. You need to register with the Local Authority where you are based/store your food/vehicle. If this is in City of Westminster, you can find details on the Council's Food Safety for Businesses page.

You will be inspected over the carnival weekend and you need to ensure that you comply with the various requirements of food hygiene, food standards and health and safety legislation - most notably The Food Safety Act 1990, The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, EC Regulations 852/2004 and 178/2002, The Food Information Regulations 2014 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and all other associated legislation.

If you are not the landowner of your residency, you will need to contact your property owner/manager (including Tennant Management Organisations where applicable) to gain permission for any activity taking place (including trading of any kind) from private property.

If you wish to sell or supply alcohol on your private land, you need to apply for temporary permission. These are called Temporary Event Notices (TEN) and you can find out more at GOV.UK.

To apply for a Temporary Event Notice in Westminster please apply online. When applying online, please submit your completed online application form and police risk assessment form. Notices must be received at least 10 working days before the event. Each notice costs £21.

If you are trading on private land, all activity including the transaction must take place on private land and not on the public highway. You cannot trade over your garden wall or fence, the customer must be on private land. If our enforcement team see any transactions taking place onto public highway your products and/or equipment may be seized.

Below are some of the things Environmental Health Officers will check for:

  • you have adequate sinks and a plentiful supply of hot and cold running water - you must have a separate sink for food washing and another for equipment washing
  • in addition to sinks you must have a dedicated wash hand basin with a plentiful supply of hot and cold running water - most businesses hire a TEAL unit or similar for the carnival weekend - and you must provide soap and hand towels
  • you must store food appropriately at all times and have the appropriate equipment to do so. Hot food must be stored above 63°C and cold food at  8°C or below
  • food should be cooked to a minimum of 75°C. You must provide a probe thermometer so you and your staff can check temperatures - record the temperature of your food every hour
  • you and your staff must be adequately trained/supervised in food safety - as a very minimum staff should be trained to Level 2 in food safety
  • you must have adequate cleaning supplies for disinfecting and sanitising work surfaces and ensure there is no risk of cross-contamination. Ensure dedicated areas for raw meats and ready to eat foods are kept separate - use separate tongs when handling raw and ready to eat foods
  • you must know what allergens are in your food and provide the information to customers on request
  • you must ensure any BBQ’s and cookers are suitably guarded to prevent the public (including children) falling onto or touching the hot surfaces - you must provide your own guards and not use the police guards
  • you must ensure any electrical sockets and leads are suitable for outdoor use and are in good condition
  • liquid petroleum gas cylinders must be set up by a competent person and hoses in a good condition
  • only diesel generators are to be used - petrol generators are not allowed
  • you must have suitable and sufficient fire extinguishers, a fire blanket and a fully stocked first aid kit
  • any gazebo’s or tarpaulin sheets must be kept away from combustible sources such as BBQs, cookers, generators

Further details of the food hygiene standards for Notting Hill Carnival can be found in the Notting Hill Carnival Street Trading Guidance.

5. Post event clean up

If you live on the carnival route, you can request a free cleaning service for your garden. Anybody who registers for the garden clean up service by 22 August 2019 will be provided with an estimated date of when their garden will be cleaned. Late registrations will be taken up until Thursday 5 September, but please note we will not be able to provide a date in advance.

Only litter from the event will be cleared (for example, food, packaging, cups). We're not able to clear toilet waste from private property (but public toilets are provided).

Sign up

For a deep clean of your basement that does not contain Carnival related rubbish you can sign up for a pressure wash of your basement for £70. If you would like to arrange a deep cleanse for your basement please call our Commercial Waste Team on 0207 6416180.

6. Contact

If you have any queries please contact the Carnival Team on 0207 641 2390 or email

Last updated: 15 July 2019