Block Party Permit Information

This is to inform you of the good news that starting on June 6, the CDOT Permit Office will resume accepting Block Party applications for events scheduled for July 5 or later in the year. This decision has been made in close consultation with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and based on guidance from the CDC.

We want to advise you that CDPH has informed us that they are continuing to closely monitor health metrics and the decision is subject to reversal or revision if the metrics show it is no longer safe to permit block parties.

As always, the application process should begin with contacting the Alderman’s Office and block parties cannot extend for more than two blocks. After the application is reviewed and approved by the Alderman’s office, Aldermanic staff will enter the request into the online permitting system for approval and release by CDOT.


Rules Regarding Block Party Permits Requests

  1. Requests for Block Party Permits from the Aldermanic Offices must be received by the Department of Transportation within three (3) business days prior to event to insure the permit is issued for the event.  Permits are issued on a first come, first served basis.
  2. Block Party Permits will not be issued on any Federal Aid Urban Streets (i.e., arterial streets) or on a bus route.
  3. Block Party Permits will not be issued for more then one (1) day in succession or to close any street for a commercial purpose.
  4. A block party permit will only be issued for a single block (intersection to intersection).
  5. Access to any parking spaces controlled by meters or pay boxes must be maintained at all times.
  6. In addition to the rules listed above, Block Party Permit requests may be denied by the Department of Transportation for the following reasons:
  • Incomplete application (missing information)
  • Traffic control issues
  • Issues related to other permits issued in the vicinity of the event
  • Public safety concerns
  • Block party planners must notify neighbors and recommend vaccinations for all who attend. As before, applicants must provide evidence that a majority of the residents on the affected block(s) approve of the block party. 
  • While there are no capacity limits, residents applying for a block party permit must volunteer as a COVID Captain to help communicate safety protocols. 
  • The COVID Captain must sign a COVID-19 safety affirmation form with the permit application that attests they will:    
    • recommend vaccinations for all who attend
    • communicate that unvaccinated individuals, including children not eligible for the vaccine, wear masks and maintain social distancing
    • ensure ready access to hand sanitizer throughout the block party 
  • No Jumping Jacks or Bouncy Houses will be permitted.

Permit Application Link: https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/cdot/permit/general/BlockPartyPermit-Informationcollectionform.pdf

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