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Apply for a street painting permit

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) issues permits for paintings on the road. Part of the Portland in the Streets program, these street paintings are a great Portland tradition that bring neighborhoods together and encourage neighbors to get to know each other.

It can take several days to weeks to gather all of the required information.

  1. Choose a location and gather neighbor support

    Work with your neighbors to decide if you want to install a street painting. Answer questions like: Where should it be installed? What are our goals for the project? When would we like to install it?

  2. Work with a Portland in the Streets project coordinator

    Our project coordinator will work with you to answer questions and outline project requirements, they will be a resource for you and your community throughout the permitting process.

    Email the project coordinator to get your project started: 

  3. Create your design

    There are a few basic rules for your design: 

    • there cannot be any speech
    • the design cannot look like something that directs traffic
    • it cannot be a copy write protected image.

    Additional requirements on design will be discussed while working with the project coordinator.

  4. Notify your neighbors

    After your design is approved, you will be provided with a petition for the street painting to bring to your neighbors for signatures.

  5. 5. Schedule your block party and get ready to paint

    Pick a date for your block party and add in one or more rain dates (remember that you can have a block party up to once a week). Apply online for your block party permit. 

    Get your materials ready, prepare a plan of action, and get your volunteers lined up. You will need two permits: a block party permit to close your street to traffic and a permit for the painting.

  6. Install your painting

    Make sure you have all your materials in place, that you have a plan of action, and do a double check to make sure your volunteers show up to help.

    You must paint the street with the approved design. The size, colors, and the overall image should look just like the PBOT approved design. If you want to make changes to your design, please contact us before painting day and we can update your permit with the new design.

  7. Maintain the painting

    Now that you have your painting installed, you and your neighbors get to choose how to take care of it.

    Refreshing the same design: as long as you keep the same design, size, and location, the permit you receive will allow you to maintain the painting when it shows wear. You will need a block party permit to close your street but will not need a new painting permit.

    Changing the design: if you want to change the design, get in touch with PBOT and we can approve a new design and update the permit.

    Note - there are no requirements for maintenance. You can choose to repaint multiple times a summer, every year, or never again. This is your neighborhood’s project and you and your neighbors get to decide what happens from here!

    Need help with your application or have questions or concerns? Contact Us: 

  1. Choose a location and gather neighbor support

    Work with your neighbors to decide if you want to install a street painting. Answer questions like: Where should it be installed? What are our goals for the project? When would we like to install it?

  2. Work with a Portland in the Streets project coordinator

    Our project coordinator will work with you to answer questions and outline project requirements, they will be a resource for you and your community throughout the permitting process.

    fill out the online idea form to get your project started. 

  3. Create your design

    There are a few basic rules for your design: 

    • there cannot be any speech
    • the design cannot look like something that directs traffic
    • it cannot be a copy write protected image.

    Additional requirements on design will be discussed while working with the project coordinator.

  4. Notify your neighbors

    After your design is approved, you will be provided with a petition for the street painting to bring to your neighbors for signatures.

  5. 5. Schedule your block party and get ready to paint

    Pick a date for your block party and add in one or more rain dates (remember that you can have a block party up to once a week). Apply online for your block party permit. 

    Get your materials ready, prepare a plan of action, and get your volunteers lined up. You will need two permits: a block party permit to close your street to traffic and a permit for the painting.

  6. Install your painting

    Make sure you have all your materials in place, that you have a plan of action, and do a double check to make sure your volunteers show up to help.

    You must paint the street with the approved design. The size, colors, and the overall image should look just like the PBOT approved design. If you want to make changes to your design, please contact us before painting day and we can update your permit with the new design.

  7. Maintain the painting

    Now that you have your painting installed, you and your neighbors get to choose how to take care of it.

    Refreshing the same design: as long as you keep the same design, size, and location, the permit you receive will allow you to maintain the painting when it shows wear. You will need a block party permit to close your street but will not need a new painting permit.

    Changing the design: if you want to change the design, get in touch with PBOT and we can approve a new design and update the permit.

    Note - there are no requirements for maintenance. You can choose to repaint multiple times a summer, every year, or never again. This is your neighborhood’s project and you and your neighbors get to decide what happens from here!

    Need help with your application or have questions or concerns? Contact Us: