Neighborhood block parties give neighbors a chance to connect, enjoy the public realm of the street, share information, and celebrate events together. The City of Austin encourages residents and neighborhood groups to organize block parties on their nearby residential streets through the program application process.

Logo for the City of Austin's Neighborhood Block Party Program

Check street requirements for a block party

For a street to be closed off for a block party, it must meet these requirements:

  • It is a residential street (single-family and duplexes only) — no commercial or multi-family properties (no businesses or apartments) and must have a speed limit of 30 mph or less.
  • No bus route operates on the street.
  • The area does not include intersections and will not affect a traffic signal.
  • The area is a full, single block to be closed off with barricades. No midblock closures.
  • If the block party is planned for a date close to a major event, please avoid the area included in the Special Event Impact Area

Apply to have a neighborhood block party

  1. You'll need to gather the following documents:
  • Sign-offs from 100% of the block with 80% approval of the residents. Download the resident sign-off form.
  • A diagram of your block that shows closures and items that will be placed on the street. Download the template that matches your area: cul-de-sac or street block.
  • A rental quote for barricades.
    If you would like to rent from the City of Austin, our inventory has the following items available to be rented for free. An application must be approved prior to reserving the barricades. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis:
    • Four (4) Type One barricades
    • Four (4) barricade lights
    • Two (2) "Road Closed" signs
    • Two (2) high-visibility vests
  1. Complete the neighborhood block party application at least 10 days before the date of the event.
  • Once you have logged in, on the left side menu – Select Apply for Right of Way Permits.
  • In the middle of the screen – Select Right of Way.
  • Select Street Event.
  1. Pay $50 for the permit fee. Payment can be made online, by mail, or in person.

Closing a street and maintaining emergency access

All street closures require a street event permit from the City. You also will need two sets of street barricades to close the street.

To allow for emergency access, assign volunteers to stay near each set of barricades in case they need to be moved for emergency vehicles.

  • No structures should be set up in the street that would block emergency access.
  • Leave at least one travel lane fully clear of all tables, trash cans, bouncy houses, etc. Austin Fire Department trucks should have 25 feet clear to use the street.

 

 

 

Watch the video on learn how to properly set up barricades for your neighborhood block party.

Contact us

Street event permit questions?  If you’ve read the program guidelines in full and still have questions, please email TransportationSpecialEvents@AustinTexas.gov.