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The City of Portland, Oregon

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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Event Permitting

Portland in the Streets

Click here to link to PBOT's Livable Streets Strategy


The PORTLAND IN THE STREETS PROGRAM is responsible for activating public spaces for Portland communities through multiple programs:

  • Community Events;
  • Block Parties
  • Sidewalk Cafés;
  • Vending Carts;
  • Publication Boxes; 
  • Cross Street Banners;
  • Street Paintings; and
  • Street Seats.

And so much more.  PBOT is developing new program areas such as Pedestrian Plazas, Spaces to Places and Adopt a Landscape.  Check back for more information on these new programs.  

The Portland in the Streets Idea Form is now live! 
We would like to know about your idea.  We will contact you to 
follow up with you on your proposed Portland in the Streets idea.

Portland in the Streets Idea Form

Map pointerThese programs aim to empower communities across Portland to create and activate spaces that are unique to their neighborhoods.

Programming is accessible for Portland communities of all shapes, sizes, and incomes.

Activating spaces in the public right-of-way that are driven by grassroots efforts will allow Portland residents to:

  • Develop space for community gathering;
  • Promote healthy and active lifestyles;
  • Build community identity;
  • Re-imagines the potential for city streets;
  • Activate underutilized spaces;
  • Celebrate and interact with neighbors; and
  • Generates local business activity.
Streets are public spaces to be enjoyed by everyone.

IdeaAre you interested in organizing a street fair, block party, community barbecue, marathon, parade or other event in Portland's streets?

This is where you will find all the information needed to plan and get a permit for your local event.

I need a permit for a...

Street Fair     Block Party  

Street Seat     Farmers Market  

Marathon     parade

Community Barbecue BBQ     Bicycle Race