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Services, guides, and information

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) issues free block party permits through the Portland in the Streets program. Residents can close their street for fun parties with their neighbors.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) throught the Portland in the Streets program issues permits to place combined publication boxes in Portland's street space. Combined publication boxes display several publications (newspapers, magazines, etc.) in one location.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)’s Portland in the Streets program issues community event permits to close streets, travel lanes, sidewalks, and parking spaces for events. Community events are farmers markets, street fairs, cultural events, fundraisers and so much more!

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) issues PARK(ing) Day permits to allow residents, designers, businesses, students, community organizations and artists to temporarily transform parking spaces into public spaces. This international event takes place the third Friday in September.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) encourages people to create new public space by closing a portion of the street to vehicles. Pedestrian plazas may occur on any street type that is next to or in close proximity to a partnering business or organization.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) issues "complex" temporary street use permits to close sidewalks, all types of travel lanes, or entire streets, and for reserving on-street parking needed for such closures, for things like construction, utility work, crane lifts, and tree trimming.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) through the Portland in the Streets program issues banner permits over street spaces to promote various neighborhood and charitable events or occasions in the community. These may include farmers' markets, street fairs, and so much more.

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The Temporary Street Use Permitting team at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) can help you reserve on-street parking for residential or commercial moves, loading and unloading, construction, tree trimming, and other uses. Determine the type of permit you need below. Fees apply.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) through the Portland in the Streets program issues Sidewalk Café Permits to allow businesses to place tables and seating on the public sidewalk. Businesses must sell food and beverages to apply for a sidewalk café permit.

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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.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), through the Portland in the Streets program issues Special Event Permits to allow moving events on city streets or sidewalks. Types of events include marches, parades, athletic events, demonstrations, etc. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee.

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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.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)’s Portland in the Streets program issues Street Seat Permits for structures or platforms built in on-street parking spaces to help activate the public space. You can use them as additional seating for your restaurant or for public use.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) through the Portland in the Streets program issues Vending Cart permits to allow vendors to sell food or merchandise using a small mobile cart. Vendors with a permit can vend at specific locations on the public sidewalk.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) through the Portland in the Streets program encourages people to adopt green spaces. The Stewardship Program is a partnership between PBOT and community partners. The community partner maintains the adopted space often adding perennials and native plants.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Play Streets pilot program turns neighborhood streets into pop-up community hubs for multigenerational socializing, play, and physical activity.

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You may renew an ongoing temporary street use permit with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), or reissue a permit you have had in the past.

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The Temporary Street Use Permitting team at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) issues permits for temporary use of the public right of way, including parking, sidewalk, lane and street closures. Permits are issued as per Title 16, 17 and 24 of Portland City Code.