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