Neighborhood Block Parties

What Are Block Parties?

Neighborhood block party in OlympiaBlock parties are small, *neighborhood-only social gatherings that typically require the closure of a single block. The City provides barricades and/or cones for street closures related to approved block parties.

Recognized Neighborhood Associations are automatically eligible to apply for block party street closures. Non-registered neighborhood associations, smaller residential areas and non-profits may also be approved.

*If your event is open to the general public (not just your neighborhood) you will need to apply for an Event Permit.

Conditions & Requirements

  • This type of street closure is not permitted for events that are open to the general public.
  • The block party sponsor must consult all residents, businesses and organizations whose access to their property will be affected by the street closure.
  • The location should not prevent the ordinary flow of traffic through the city. Choosing a quieter street in the neighborhood is recommended; arterials and neighborhood collector streets are generally not permitted for block party closures.
  • When planning the layout for the event, consider how emergency vehicles would travel the street if needed.
  • The City reserves the right to approve which street may be closed and the placement of barricades, tables, and other items in the street.

How to Apply

  1. Download and complete a Neighborhood Consultation Form
  2. Create a map showing the location of your block party
  3. Submit an online application on the City's Permit Portal

Allow a minimum of one week to process a block party street closure form and get approval. You will receive confirmation of your approval by email.



Contact Lydia Moorehead at or 360.570.3746