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Street Event Application Guide (Formerly, Block Party App.)

Conditions Of Permit

For the street to be closed, the approval of 75% of the households residing on each block involved is required (including 75% of any apartment complex). Each applicant signing the petition must be an adult representative and reside on the block that is being closed. Only one signature per household will be accepted.

A yellow caution tape may block off street for the event and signs may be posted the day before. However, vehicles may not be used to block off the street. NOTE: Emergency vehicles may need to enter the street.

Commercial vehicles are to be admitted for deliveries, along with the vehicles of persons who must enter the street, in order to conduct normal daily activities. Also, physically challenged motorists should have access to the street.

Block party permits will be granted only for Saturdays, Sundays, approved weekdays and the following holidays:

Approved Holidays for Block Parties

  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day

Residents will assume total responsibility for setting out recyclables and their properly bagged trash on their next regularly scheduled recycling/trash collection day. At the conclusion of the event, the street must be left in a clean and safe condition and opened to traffic no later than 8:30 PM. If the applicant would like collection of the blocks' recyclables and trash before the regular collection day, arrangements for pickup by the Streets Department can be made by contacting 215-537-2130. The service must be reserved in advance of the block party and requires an addtional payment of $50 paid five (5) days in advance of the event.

If you plan to have rides or a carnival, or to raise money by selling merchandise and/or services, or charge admission, please contact the Department of Licenses & Inspections, 215-686-2489, for permits.

Alcoholic beverages may not be sold nor will any organized gaming devices/tables be permitted.

The applicant will be responsible for any sound devices so that noise/music level will not interfere with City Codes, which are enforceable by Police .