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Block Party Activity

Information pertaining to Block Party Permits and necessary requirements

“Block party” means a gathering, sponsored solely by owners, residents or tenants of properties fronting a street, which causes a closure of the entire street, or a portion thereof, to vehicular traffic and use of the street for the gathering.

The deadline for submission of applications for block party permits is 3:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the weekend when the event is proposed to take place.

Block Party Application Form and Guidelines (PDF)     Application Form and Guidelines (Fillable) 

If you cannot access the application form online please contact the Transportation Division 510-981-7010 to request one.

Mail or bring the application to Public Works -Transportation Division, 1947 Center Street, 4th Floor,  Monday through Friday, 8:30-12 or 1:00-4:30 for approval by a Traffic Engineer, or email to .

THE NON-REFUNDABLE BLOCK PARTY PERMIT FEE IS $15, payable by check, money order, or credit card only.

The following standards shall apply to all temporary local street closures for block parties or similar activity granted by the City Traffic Engineer under the authority of Berkeley Municipal Code, Sections 13.44.010 and 13.44.030.

  1. A 20-foot wide emergency access lane shall be maintained at all times throughout the closure.
  2. The activity is sponsored solely by owners, residents, or tenants of properties fronting the street to be closed.
  3. Residents abutting the closure shall receive an invitation at least 72-hours in advance and have pedestrian and vehicle access to their properties at all times during the closure. Keep sidewalks open, or maintain maximum feasible accessible path of travel for all pedestrians pursuant to provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and non-discrimination laws.
  4. Closures will generally not be permitted during normal Monday-Friday business hours.
  5. All closures shall be permitted during the same hours listed in the Noise Ordinance of the Berkeley Municipal Code, Section 13.40.100. These hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  After sunset, the applicant will be required to add flashing lights to the barricades as an additional safety measure, or to reopen the street.
  6. All necessary permits shall be obtained from the City of Berkeley. This permit is only for temporary street closure. An amplified sound permit must be obtained 30 days prior to the event.  The loudest noise permitted is 10dBA above the ambient level at a distance of 50 feet from the source.
  7. Barricades and Road Closed signs shall be picked up from and returned to the Sign Shop Office, Building F, at the West end of the Corporation Yard (1326 Allston Way).  Pick-up must be on the last working day before the street closure, normally Friday, 9-11:30 am or 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.    Drop-off must be on the first working day after the street closure, normally Monday, between 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. Applicant will be charged an extra fee for not returning the barricades, for returning them late, and/or for returning them damaged.  For City Holidays click here.
  8. The street and sidewalk area shall be left clean of all debris and litter within 4 hours after the event.
  9. Local street closures for Block Party Activities are granted by the Traffic Engineer upon completion of the permit application unless there is a conflicting event in the area.
  10. Applicant must agree to indemnify and hold harmless the City of Berkeley, its officers, agents, employees, and volunteers from any and all claims, damages or suits that may arise by the granting of this permit. Note: An additional certificate of insurance will be required to place an inflatable bounce house in the Public Right-of-Way.


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