Block Party Permits

Please Note:

The City of Seattle is still in a period of experiencing a high volume of construction applications for both private and public projects. Right now, Traffic Control Plan (TCP) reviews have extended beyond typical timelines, which is directly impacting timelines for ROW Management permits. This is a temporary impact as we work internally to align resources and streamline processes. For now, the below timelines can be expected. These timelines may vary based on the complexity of the project.

ROW Management initial or modification/extension applications w/no TCP: 4 weeks

ROW Management initial or modification/extension w/TCP: 10 weeks

In Addition:

We are adding a new dedicated cashiering station at our Street Use permit counter! The new station is scheduled to open by June 2018. Check out our one-page fact sheet here!

Questions? Email

Cashier Station at Street Use Permit Counter

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 may be hosted once a month by a resident who lives on the block. They may be held between the hours of 9 AM and 10 PM, and all activity and materials must be removed by the end of the block party.

For block parties that will include structures in the street or sidewalk (e.g., bouncy houses, stages, or slides), a Special Activity permit and liability insurance will both be required. 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. Your application must be submitted at least 30 days before your event.

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 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.