Apply for a block party permit

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.

 This application takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Permits are usually issued by email within 7-10 business days.

  1. Choose your date

    Block parties can happen any day of the week. Pick the dates and times with your neighbors. Streets must be reopened for regular use by 10 pm.  

  2. Create your invitation and traffic control plan

    Prepare your Notification Flyer (invitation) with the date and time of the party. You can distribute your flyer/invitation prior to applying, this helps to get neighbors excited about the upcoming party. 

    Fill out your Traffic Control Plan to show which block of your street you want to close. 

  3. Complete your permit application

    Download and save the application packet.

  4. Wait for processing and review

    Once we receive your completed application with all the necessary information, we will review your request.  A traffic engineer will also review the closure location requested.  

    We will contact you if more information is needed or to notify you of changes to your proposed plan.  

  5. Pick up your safety barricades

    Your approved traffic control plan requires barricades to safely block the street.

    Block party hosts can rent barricades.

    Pink Barricades are free and are available in the Pink Barricade Lending Zone.

  6. Host your block party

    When the day arrives, block the street following the traffic control plan provided.  

    Have fun with your neighbors!   

    Tag us in your photos @pbotinfo #portlandinthestreets 

  1. Choose your date

    Block parties can happen any day of the week. Pick the dates and times with your neighbors. Streets must be reopened for regular use by 10 pm.  

  2. Create your invitation and traffic control plan

    Prepare your Notification Flyer (invitation) with the date and time of the party. You can distribute your flyer/invitation prior to applying, this helps to get neighbors excited about the upcoming party. 

    Fill out your Traffic Control Plan to show which block of your street you want to close. 

  3. Complete your permit application

    Download and save the application packet.

    Complete the application packet and mail to: 

    Portland Bureau of Transportation

    Attn: Block Party
    1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1331
    Portland, OR97204
    United States

    If you plan to have amplified sound you might need an amplified music permit.

    Translated block party permit applications: 

  4. Wait for processing and review

    Once we receive your completed application with all the necessary information, we will review your request.  A traffic engineer will also review the closure location requested.  

    We will contact you if more information is needed or to notify you of changes to your proposed plan.  

  5. Pick up your safety barricades

    Your approved traffic control plan requires barricades to safely block the street.

    Block party hosts can rent barricades.

    Pink Barricades are free and are available in the Pink Barricade Lending Zone.

  6. Host your block party

    When the day arrives, block the street following the traffic control plan provided.  

    Have fun with your neighbors!   

    Tag us in your photos @pbotinfo #portlandinthestreets 

  1. Choose your date

    Block parties can happen any day of the week. Pick the dates and times with your neighbors. Streets must be reopened for regular use by 10 pm.  

  2. Create your invitation and traffic control plan

    Prepare your Notification Flyer (invitation) with the date and time of the party. You can distribute your flyer/invitation prior to applying, this helps to get neighbors excited about the upcoming party. 

    Fill out your Traffic Control Plan to show which block of your street you want to close. 

  3. Complete your permit application

    Download and save the application packet.

    Complete the application packet and drop off at main floor reception area: 

    Portland Bureau of Transportation
    Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    If you plan to have amplified sound you might need an amplified music permit.

    Translated block party permit applications:

  4. Wait for processing and review

    Once we receive your completed application with all the necessary information, we will review your request.  A traffic engineer will also review the closure location requested.  

    We will contact you if more information is needed or to notify you of changes to your proposed plan.  

  5. Pick up your safety barricades

    Your approved traffic control plan requires barricades to safely block the street.

    Block party hosts can rent barricades.

    Pink Barricades are free and are available in the Pink Barricade Lending Zone.

  6. Host your block party

    When the day arrives, block the street following the traffic control plan provided.  

    Have fun with your neighbors!   

    Tag us in your photos @pbotinfo #portlandinthestreets 

Location

Mailing address

Portland Bureau of Transportation, Attn: Block Party
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1331
Portland, OR 97204