What are block parties?
Block 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 (RNA) 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.
- If the block party sponsor isn't with a Recognized Neighborhood Association, they must consult all residents, businesses and organizations whose access to their property will be affected by the street closure and submit a Neighborhood Consultation Form.
- 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
- Submit an online application on the City's Permit Portal
- Submit a map showing the requested street closure points, and
- Download and submit a Neighborhood Consultation Form, if not in a RNA.
Allow a minimum of two weeks to process a block party street closure application and get approval. You will receive confirmation of your approval by email.
Contact Lydia Moorehead at email@example.com or 360.570.3746