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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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Application Process

Application Process


  1. Fill out all four pages of the application and make sure you sign the application.
  2. Fill out and complete the Street Closure Petition
  3. Hand-carry the petition to each neighbor and obtain proof of notification in the form of signatures on the petition.  If a house is vacant, indicate that on the petition, create a flyer with closure information, date and time and contact information and deliver it to the address. Please submit the flyer in your application.  You need to account for all of the addresses on the block and abutting properties to the closed street. For rental properties, if you cannot obtain signatures from the individual units, you need to obtain a signature from the property management company or landlord. Please document all attempts to obtain property owner/representative signature of notification on the petition.   Portland Bureau of Transportation references  to check signatures.  Feel free to check this resource as well when collecting signatures. *Intersection Repair Projects need to have signatures from all four properties on the corners of the intersection and 80% of the rest of the residents on the four affected blocks.*
  4. Fill out the traffic control plan indicating street names (the one block example is on pg 4) or submit individualized plan if the block configuration is different than the example.
  5. Intersection Repair Project traffic control plans to include and label the intersection and the four affected blocks.
  6. Turn in the completed application, petition and traffic control plan with payment to the Parks Customer Service Center, attention Block Parties, by postal mail, fax or by delivering it in person (addresses are on the application). The applicant will be called if any follow-up is needed. Submit the application at least two weeks prior to the block party date.
  7. Submission OPTIONS: Mail: mail in your application to: PBOT Block Party, 1120 SW 5th Ave Ste 1302, Portland OR 97204   Fax: 503.823.2515   In Person: Parks and Recreation Customer Service Center 1120 SW 5th Ave. 1st Floor 8:30-4:30 Mon - Fri
  8. Once the application has been approved by PBOT, the permit will be emailed to the applicant/permittee. Print the email address and mailing address clearly on the application
  9. The permittee is responsible for providing the barricades to close the street. Arrange to have three Type I barricades with "Street Closed" signs (equipped with flashing yellow lights if the street will be closed after dusk) to be placed at each end of the street OR any other specific devices required on the approved traffic control plan. You may find companies that rent barricades by searching for “Barricades” or “Traffic Flaggers” on the internet. As the permit holder, you are responsible for providing and placing barricades, and for their removal by the stated end time of the permit.  Here are a list of rental companies we are aware of (please let us know if you find others to add to the list):  
  10. Keep the permit available on site for review if a police officer or another authorized representative of the City of Portland asks to see it.
  11. If you want to have amplified music, you may need a permit from the City of Portland Noise Control Office.  There is an application fee. You need to apply two (2) weeks prior to your event or an accelerated fee may be assessed. You may pick up an application from your district coalition office or visit the Noise Control Office’s website on

For this permit, we do not require you to submit proof of insurance; however, you may want to insure the event through one of the options listed below:

  • Many home-owners’ policies offer coverage for an event
  • A special rider may be purchased to cover the closure
  • Many insurance agencies may put together what is called a special event policy
  • Tenant Users Liability Policy (TULIP). The City has arranged to make available liability insurance through this program. Find information about TULIP at

 If you have any questions, contact PBOT (503-823-4003). We will assist you in determining if your event qualifies for a block party permit, or if a different type of permit is required.