Five tips for having a party that doesn't turn to disaster

WANT to have a party - and do it the right way?

Here are a few tips to help you out:

Get registered

Register your party with the police. Try to give two weeks notice. You can find an online form here, or apply at a police station.

Police can still attend your party and will still follow up on any noise complaints or other matters.


Being responsible is everyone's obligation and no alcohol is allowed to be sold at a party without a licence. Consider putting extra bins or containers around for party goers to dispose of bottles and other rubbish. 

Party noise

Contrary to some belief, noise can be reported to police any time of the day. That means a complaint at 9am is treated the same as a complaint at 2am.

Some tips include keeping your music indoors and moving guests indoors as the night goes on.

Ensure your sound system isn't directly facing neighbours.

Avoid partying in your front yard.

If noise is deemed excessive, police can take further action.


If you're advertising your party on Facebook, make sure you have the correct settings so that your event is "invite only".

Find out how to do it here.

Failing to keep your event private could result in mass sharing and many people you don't know turning up at your door.

Give notice

Supplying your neighbours with a letter letting them know you plan on having a party is a courtesy that lets them know what will be happening in the street and also gives them the opportunity to speak to you about any concerns they might have.


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