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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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FAQ

I want to have alcohol at our block party.  What do I need to do?

You cannot consume or serve alcohol in the street at block parties.  Please keep alcohol on private property.

Can I close the street for a  private event such as a birthday party or wedding?

The right of way cannot be closed for private events.  Block party permits are intended for only the residents living on a block and are intededed  to help build community.

My church wants to have a block party in the street next to our church, can I get a permit?  

Permits for church events are not a block party permits, but rather you need to obtain a community event permit.  Please see community event permit information here.

Where do I get the barricades to close the street ?

You are responsible for obtaining your own barricades to close the street according to your approved traffic control plan.  The City of Portland does not provide the barricades for block party permits. Please see our list of rental companies. If you are aware of another company, please let us know and we will add them to our list:

  • American Barricade Co, 173 NE Columbia (530) 285-6616 www.ambarr.com
  • Block Party Barricades, 833 SE Main (503) 583-8531 www.blockpartybarricades.com
  • D & H Flagging, 1612 SE Holgate (503) 232-2488 www.d-hflagging.com
  • Portland Rent All, 10101 SE Stark (503) 548-4884 www.portlandrentall.com

Can I remove the parking along the street for our block party?

The block party permit does not remove parkingYou may ask your neighbors not to park on the street or you can apply for parking closures here.

What if someone isn't home when I try to get their signature?

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.  If after 3 attempts, you still cannot reach your neighbor to obtain a signature, please leave a flier with the following information; date, time of closure, contact name and number. Be sure to document their address on the signature form and check off you have left a flyer.  Please include this flyer with your application packet.

I want to have my son's band play at the block party, what do I need to do?

If you are going to have any type of amplified music, please contact the Noise Control Office for a variance permit.  Check here for information.

Can we close the alley behind our house for a block party? 

If the alley is public right of way and not privately owned, yes you can! Follow all the application requirements for a block party permit.