Block Parties

Public Space Permit Required

DC’s Department of Transportation manages the permitting process for neighborhood block parties.  You can apply for a permit in-person (1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd floor) or online using the DDOT’s Transportation Online Permit System (TOPS).  Allow up to 15 days for processing.

The following criteria apply:

  • Applicant must be an adult resident (21 years or older) of the block being closed.
  • Area must not exceed two intersecting streets (i.e., must be limited to one block).
  • Street must be reopened no later than 10 pm
  • Applicant must obtain consent of 51% of households on the block using DDOT Neighborhood Block Party Temporary Street Closing Petition.
  • Vending is prohibited. No sales, fees, or donations shall be solicited or accepted at the event.
  • No sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages allowed.
  • Accessibility for emergency equipment via an unobstructed 20-foot emergency access lane must be maintained at all times.
  • Posting of street closure/no parking signs must be completed no less than 72 hours prior to date of event.

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