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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

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Event Permitting

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Click here to link to PBOT's Livable Streets Strategy

The PORTLAND IN THE STREETS PROGRAM is responsible for activating public spaces for Portland communities through multiple programs:

  • Community Events;
  • Block Parties
  • Sidewalk Cafés;
  • Vending Carts;
  • Publication Boxes; 
  • Cross Street Banners;
  • Street Paintings; and
  • Street Seats.

And so much more.  PBOT is developing new program areas such as Pedestrian Plazas, Spaces to Places and Adopt a Landscape.  Check back for more information on these new programs.  

The Portland in the Streets Idea Form is now live! 
We would like to know about your idea.  We will contact you to 
follow up with you on your proposed Portland in the Streets idea.


Map pointerThese programs aim to empower communities across Portland to create and activate spaces that are unique to their neighborhoods.

Programming is accessible for Portland communities of all shapes, sizes, and incomes.

Activating spaces in the public right-of-way that are driven by grassroots efforts will allow Portland residents to:

  • Develop space for community gathering;
  • Promote healthy and active lifestyles;
  • Build community identity;
  • Re-imagines the potential for city streets;
  • Activate underutilized spaces;
  • Celebrate and interact with neighbors; and
  • Generates local business activity.
Streets are public spaces to be enjoyed by everyone.

IdeaAre you interested in organizing a street fair, block party, community barbecue, marathon, parade or other event in Portland's streets?

This is where you will find all the information needed to plan and get a permit for your local event.

I need a permit for a...

Street Fair     Block Party  

Street Seat     Farmers Market  

Marathon     parade

Community Barbecue BBQ     Bicycle Race

Events Calendar

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Community Events

Community event street closure permits are intended to build a sense of community. Permits are issued to businesses and non-profit organizations. For-profit businesses must have a non-profit affiliated with the event in order to be eligible for a permit.

Special Events

Permitting street and/or sidewalk events such as runs, walks, marches, parades or bicycles races.

Street Seats

Street Seats is a program of the Portland Bureau of Transportation that allows businesses or non-profit organizations to convert on-street parking into other public uses, such as café seating or a mini-park, also called a parklet.