1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204
Where do I get the barricades to close the street ?
There are only two kinds of barricades that have been approved for closing off a street for a block party:
(a) Type I barricades: Type I barricades (MUTCD compliant, with appropriate markings, equipment, and retroreflective taping) can be rented (or purchased).
As a service to our applicants, we are providing this list of rental companies that we are aware rent MUTCD Type I barricades. We advise you to contact them directly.
If you are aware of another company, please let us know and we will add them to our list:
(b) PBOT pink barricades:.PBOT pink barricades are only available in the Pink Barricade Lending Zone (download our guide on the ZONE) and are available free of charge to those living in the zone. Our hope is to add more Portland neighborhoods to the zone, so if your neighborhood is not on the list, please check back next season!
Block Party Events Must be Held on the Same Street as the Applicant's Home Address
What is the Turnaround Time for Block Party Applications?
Due to the increased volume in Block Party applications we do not have a definitive turnaround time for each application. We work hard to ensure that your permit is issued no later than one week prior to the earliest event date listed on your application. With that said, we still try to have your permit issued to you as soon as we possible can.
Your Block Party event location must meet these minimum requirements:
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.
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 meant to help build community.
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.
The block party permit does not remove parking. You may ask your neighbors not to park on the street or you can apply for parking closures here.
We don't require signatures anymore but you certainly can gather signatures if you wish. PBOT asks that you please leave a flyer inviting your neighbors to the block party. For a flyer template, please go here.
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.
A one page flyer on the PBLZ