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Apply for a pedestrian plaza agreement

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.

It can take 6-8 weeks (or more) to receive Pedestrian Plaza Agreement.

  1. Determine if you are eligible

    Eligible groups include: 

    • Business Associations
    • Neighborhood Associations
    • Non-profit and community-based organizations
    • Fronting business or property owner
    • Other eligible community partners will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  2. Check your location

    To find out if your proposed location is eligible for pedestrian plaza designation, please ask us at:

  3. Gather neighborhood support

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

  4. Develop a programming and maintenance plan

    Think about how you intend to keep the plaza clean. How will you activate the space? Create a detailed outline and identify who will be responsible for each item. 

  5. Apply for a pedestrian plaza agreement

    Fill out the idea form and tell us about your proposed location: 

  6. Submit proof of insurance

    We require that a certificate of insurance (COI) and an endorsement are on file naming the City of Portland as additionally insured prior to the issuance of the permit.

    For more details, visit the Insurance requirements webpage.

    Insurance documents are processed by the Insurance and Bonds Group. They can be reached at:

  7. Contact us with any questions or concerns

    We are here to help you throughout the application process, please reach out to us at: