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Apply for a Spaces to Places permit

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) through the Portland in the Streets program issues permits to beautify, re-purpose, and energize public spaces into social or cultural areas. These projects should be designed to be long-term. They must be open to the public.

This application will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Additional requirements take longer. Projects are intended to be long-term.

  1. Plan your project

    Spaces to Places projects are typically permitted on under-utilized public street spaces. Some past projects include a community garden, goat viewing park and pedestrian path, and native plant educational space.

    Thing to consider:

    What does the community want to use the space for? Who will be involved? What location works?

  2. Check your location

    Contact Portland in the Streets staff with your potential location by email, phone  or in person at 1120 SW Fifth Ave, First floor Customer Service Center.

  3. Gather neighbor support

    These spaces are intended to be by and for the community that surrounds them. Please work with your community to develop relationships and partnerships.

  4. Fill out our short idea form

    Let us know what you'd like to do in the space - be as specific as possible.

  5. Work with a Portland in the Streets project coordinator

    After you've filled out the idea form, a project coordinator will contact you with requirements. The coordinator will work with you from idea to completion.

  6. Start work

    After all permit requirements have been received, we will email you a copy of the permit. Gather your neighbors and start working on your community space.

  7. Complete work and start maintenance schedule

    Finish up your community space and schedule an inspection. Please send us pictures! After the space has been completed, you will maintain the space as outlined in your Stewardship agreement.


    Have any questions or need help with the process? Please contact us at: 

  1. Plan your project

    Spaces to Places projects are typically permitted on under-utilized public street spaces. Some past projects include a community garden, goat viewing park and pedestrian path, and native plant educational space.

    Things to consider:

    What does the community want to use the space for? Who will be involved? What location works?

  2. Check your location

    Contact Portland in the Streets staff with your potential location by email, phone  or in person at 1120 SW Fifth Ave, First floor Customer Service Center.

  3. Gather neighbor support

    These spaces are intended to be by and for the community that surrounds them. Please work with your community to develop relationships and partnerships.

  4. Fill out our short idea form

    Let us know what you'd like to do in the space - be as specific as possible.

  5. Work with a Portland in the Streets project coordinator

    After you've filled out the idea form, a project coordinator will contact you with requirements. The coordinator will work with you from idea to completion.

  6. Start work

    After all permit requirements have been received, we will email you a copy of the permit. Gather your neighbors and start working on your community space.

  7. Complete work and start maintenance schedule

    Finish up your community space and schedule an inspection. Please send us pictures! After the space has been completed, you will maintain the space as outlined in your Stewardship agreement.


    Have any questions or need help with the process? Please contact us at: