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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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Block Party Events

In 2017, PBOT’s Block Party Program launched a pilot project in thirteen neighborhoods east of 82nd Avenue and in the Cully area with the goal to increase participation in the Block Party Program. There has been a steady increase in permitted block parties city-wide, but not within the neighborhoods in the pilot area.

PBOT took action to make obtaining the permit accessible to these residents in the following ways: waiving the permit fee, making available free barricades within the neighborhood, creating an online application and translating the block party application and supporting documents into five of the most common languages spoken in these areas. 

After a busy, fun filled summer, the results are in and the pilot project was a success. The program issued a record 555 permits citywide and there were four times as many permits in the pilot project area than in previous years!

PBOT hopes to expand the pilot program in 2018.  Please check back for more information.

 Our online block party application is here. Apply online today!

Live in the Cully neighborhood, or East of 82nd Ave?   Apply Online For Free!


Block parties are small-scale events that close one to four blocks of a local service residential street for small scale gatherings, such as neighborhood potlucks or BBQs and intersection repair projects.

General Criteria:

  • Block parties are initiated by and are intended for only local residents who live on the street being closed.  
  • Block party permits are not issued for private parties, they are intended to help foster community within the residents on a particular block.
  • Block party permits are not issued for streets that have a bus line, have metered parking, bus layover or signalized intersection, or for events with attendance that draws from beyond the residents on the street. Please see the four page application link and instruction link below to apply for a block party permit. 
  • The street closure permit is issued to restrict motor vehicle access only.  A pedestrian route must remain at all times for pedestrians that wish to travel through the closed street area.
  • Church and other organizational events do not qualify for block party permits, PLEASE fill out a community event permit.

Questions?  Please call 503-823-4003 or send an email to: 

*Please note, we do not accept applications by email at this time. For submission options please see the bottom of the application.

East Portland Block Parties

Learn about our East Portland Block Party program.


Frequently Asked Questions

Feedback + Appeals

Feedback and appeals information


Information on block party fees