Host a Block Party

Block Party Season is Here!
So those warm summer evenings are almost here and you’re thinking it would be nice to get together with your neighbors and hold a block party, but you don’t know where to begin.  Have no fear- it’s easy to throw a block party!

The first step for block parties, community events and National Night Out events in inner N/NE is to read and complete a street closure application from the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).

A new permit application form and procedure for 2013 is available on the PBOT website. You may also call PBOT’s block party line at 503-823-4003 with questions.

Look for different forms and requirements depending on your event:

  • Block Parties are intended to be a small gatherings of your immediate neighbors for having a potluck or barbeque
  • Community Events are for more than your immediate neighbors, such as hosting a larger event like a street fair, fundraiser, home tour, festival, art fair, etc.

You will submit this application packet by either email, fax or mail to:

Email: pdotblockparty[at]
Fax: 503.865.3460
Mail: PBOT Block Party1120 SW 5th Ave. Suite 800
Portland, OR  97204-1914




If you are coordinating a National Night Out event, go to the Crime Prevention website for the Pre-Party Checklist and other National Night Out resources.

For general questions, contact NECN at 503-388-5004 for more information.