Apply for a community event permit

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!

The application takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Supporting materials will take longer to complete. It typically takes 2-4 weeks to process a permit. A $150 fee is added to applications received less than 15 days in advance of the event date.

  1. Check to see if you qualify for a community event permit:

    Each event must: 

    • Be free and open to the public or ticketed (tickets must be for sale to the public)
    • Have a non-profit connected to the event 
    • Be non-political and  provide a civic benefit to the community 
    • Allow non-participating people to pass through the event safely 
    • Have an association with the block you want to close
  2. Fill out the application packet

    Complete the application packet. Supporting materials, such as flyers and notifications and insurance will take longer to complete.  You may submit these later, separate from the application.

    Office address: 1120 SW Fifth Ave, First Floor Customer Service Center

    Email applications to: 

  3. Pay the application fee

    After submitting your application, PBOT staff will contact you with a link to pay the application fee online.You can also pay by check. Checks are accepted in person or by mail.   

    Office address: 1120 SW Fifth Ave, First Floor, Customer Service Center

    Mailed check to: Portland Bureau of Transportation 1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331 Portland, OR 97204 Attn: Community Events 

    Please note: We will begin processing your application after the application fee has been received.

  4. Complete supporting materials required

    When PBOT sends you the payment link, a checklist will be included of the supporting materials required.  Here’s a list of the typical documents required:  

    • Event flyer promoting the event 
    • Signed Adopted Rules of Conduct form  
    • Signatures from residents on closed street 
    • Notification flyer.  If you are not able to reach some residents, please leave them a flyer with the details of the closure   
    • Site plan.  Show the street area you are using and what will be in it (tents, play area, dunk tank, etc) 
    • Insurance certificate and endorsement  
    • Letter from your non-profit partner stating their relationship with your event    

    Deliver these items to 1120 SW Fifth Ave, First Floor Customer Service Center or email: pbotcommunityevent@portlandoregon.gov as you obtain them.  The insurance certificate and endorsement involves several reviewers.  Please submit insurance documents as soon as possible.  

  5. Apply for extra permits, if necessary

    You may need additional permits if your event includes:  

    • Alcohol.  If alcohol will be consumed or sold in the street area, an additional permit from the City and State is required. Please see The City of Portland’s Liquor Licensing Program for more information.
    • Cannabis.  If cannabis will displayed, sold, or consumed in the street area, contact the Office of Community and Civic Life’s Cannabis Program 
    • Fencing and/or large structures  If your event will have fencing and/or large structures, you may need a permit from the Fire Marshal’s Office. Please go here for more information.
    • Amplified sound and event with over 250 attendees requires a Noise Variance permit.  Please go here for more information.

    PBOT will review your application and will let you know if any additional permits are required.   

  6. Pay for your permit

    When all the requirements are met, PBOT will send a link to pay for your Community Event permit. 

    • Please see the latest Community Event permit fees here.
    • The City does not provide barricades or other traffic control devices.   
    • After payment, the permit, no parking labels, and approved traffic control plan will be emailed to you or you can arrange to pick them up at 1120 SW Fifth Ave, First Floor Customer Service Center.  
  7. Reserve traffic control devices

    The permit will have requirements for traffic control devices including signs and barricades.  Barricades are available from multiple local businesses.


    Need help with your application or have other questions about the permit process? Please contact PBOT’s Community Event team here:

    pbotcommunityevent@portlandoregon.gov

  1. Check to see if you qualify for a community event permit:

    Each event must: 

    • Be free and open to the public or ticketed (tickets must be for sale to the public)
    • Have a non-profit connected to the event 
    • Be non-political and  provide a civic benefit to the community 
    • Allow non-participating people to pass through the event safely 
    • Have an association with the block you want to close
  2. Fill out the application packet

    Complete the application packet. Supporting materials, such as flyers and notifications and insurance will take longer to complete.  You may submit these later, separate from the application.

  3. Pay the application fee

    After submitting your application, PBOT staff will contact you with a link to pay the application fee online.You can also pay by check. Checks are accepted in person or by mail.   

    Office address: 1120 SW Fifth Ave, First Floor, Customer Service Center

    Mailed check to: Portland Bureau of Transportation 1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331 Portland, OR 97204 Attn: Community Events 

    Please note: We will begin processing your application after the application fee has been received.

  4. Complete supporting materials required

    When PBOT sends you the payment link, a checklist will be included of the supporting materials required.  Here’s a list of the typical documents required:  

    • Event flyer promoting the event 
    • Signed Adopted Rules of Conduct form  
    • Signatures from residents on closed street 
    • Notification flyer.  If you are not able to reach some residents, please leave them a flyer with the details of the closure   
    • Site plan.  Show the street area you are using and what will be in it (tents, play area, dunk tank, etc) 
    • Insurance certificate and endorsement  
    • Letter from your non-profit partner stating their relationship with your event    

    Email these items to pbotcommunityevent@portlandoregon.gov as you obtain them.  The insurance certificate and endorsement involves several reviewers.  Please submit insurance documents as soon as possible.  

  5. Apply for extra permits, if necessary

    You may need additional permits if your event includes:  

    • Alcohol.  If alcohol will be consumed or sold in the street area, an additional permit from the City and State is required. Please see The City of Portland’s Liquor Licensing Program for more information.
    • Cannabis.  If cannabis will displayed, sold, or consumed in the street area, contact the Office of Community and Civic Life’s Cannabis Program 
    • Fencing and/or large structures  If your event will have fencing and/or large structures, you may need a permit from the Fire Marshal’s Office. Please go here for more information.
    • Amplified sound and event with over 250 attendees requires a Noise Variance permit.  Please go here for more information.

    PBOT will review your application and will let you know if any additional permits are required.   

  6. Pay for your permit

    When all the requirements are met, PBOT will send a link to pay for your Community Event permit. 

    • Please see the latest Community Event permit fees here.
    • The City does not provide barricades or other traffic control devices.   
    • After payment, the permit, no parking labels, and approved traffic control plan will be emailed to you.  
  7. Reserve traffic control devices

    The permit will have requirements for traffic control devices including signs and barricades.  Barricades are available from multiple local businesses.


    Need help with your application or have other questions about the permit process? Please contact PBOT’s Community Event team here:

    pbotcommunityevent@portlandoregon.gov