Block party authorizations

Customer Advisory (COVID-19)

Starting June 1, 2020, Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation is once again authorizing block parties. Per state requirements related to COVID-19, block parties are limited to groups of no more than 25 people. Participants are expected to follow all local and state laws and guidelines, including those related to COVID-19.


Block party authorizations

Washington County Operations and Maintenance Division processes permits for events such as walk/bike races,  parades, film and video and block parties.


Public Permitting and Services PortalVisit the Public Permitting and Services Portal for applications for these events  and more.


First-time users will need to first complete the one-time account registration process. Watch the "How to Register” video


Once an account is created, users can:

  • Apply for Block Party Authorizations:  Qualifying streets include dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs. Other neighborhood streets may be approved on a case-by-case basis. The block party must be supported by the residents of each dwelling fronting the street to be closed.  Download application
  • Track status
  • View results
  • Conduct a search   View "How to Search” video

Application submittal requirements   

  1. Completed Block Party Authorization Application via the Public Permitting and Services Portal Download the PDF
  2. Completed Block Party Street Closure Petition form (signed by a representative of each dwelling fronting the street to be closed)
  3. Map showing the street to be closed and houses facing it

Other requirements

  1. Block party hours are limited to daylight.
  2. Comply with all county and city ordinances.
  3. Close off the street with materials that adequately mark the closed-to-vehicles area. Vehicles may NOT be used to close off the street.
  4. Emergency vehicle access must be maintained at all times.
  5. The day of the block party, notify Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue of the block party by calling non-emergency dispatch: 503-629-0111.
  6. After the block party is over, the area must be cleaned up promptly.