Block Party Permits

With a free permit, you may temporarily close your street and use the right of way to host a block party for you and your neighbors.

Block parties can be hosted once per month, during daylight hours, and all activity and materials must be removed by 10 PM or dusk, whichever comes first.

To learn more about block parties and other community activation programs, please visit the program page.

Apply for a permit

Block party permits are free, and once you submit your application, you should receive notification of your application decision within 14 days. Download a block party permit application.

In your application, please provide the date, time, and activities provided at your block party. Be sure to also include the location of your party and your street closure information, if applicable.

Please send your completed application packet via email to annualpermits@seattle.gov or via postal mail to:

SDOT – Street Use Division
Attn: Public Space Management
P.O. Box #34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

You can also apply in person at the Street Use permit counter.

If your block party permit application is approved, next talk with your neighbors, letting them know that you would like to host a neighborhood party that will temporarily shut down the street, but will allow local access at all times. And don't forget to invite them!

You are responsible for providing your own approved barricades, and an 8.5 x 11 street- closure sign. View a sample street closure sign. Recycling bins or furniture can be used as barricades with street closure signs attached with tape. It is also important that you have an adult at both ends of the closure.

Please note that if the guidelines listed in the permit are not followed, or a complaint is received, an inspector may revoke an issued permit and/or assess penalties.