Events on Madison Streets - Neighborhood Block Party

Posted Monday, May 28, 2020 at 11:20 am

Special Events Update: Based on active monitoring outlined in the Forward Dane plan, Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) has issued an order that moves Dane County into Phase 1 of the reopening plan, effective May 26, 2020 at 8:00am. The PHMDC order allows public gatherings of 50 or fewer people (not including employees) abiding by physical distancing requirements.

If an event meets the criteria to occur in any Phase of the Forward Dane plan, organizers must submit a detailed plan that shows how they will meet PHMDC requirements for physical distancing and cleaning policies at the event. Please contact us at for additional information.

If this order, or any succeeding order(s) restricting gatherings of people, are in place on the date(s) of an event, they supersede and invalidate any approved street use or park event permit.

Neighborhood Block Party Permit

Residential Street Closure

A Neighborhood Block Party Permit (a type of Street Use Permit) is required for any event or activity that takes place on residential streets in Madison. No individual, group or organization shall be granted a Street Use Permit if there is any unpaid balance with the City of Madison.

What is considered a Neighborhood Block Party?

  • Located on a residential street(s).
  • Minimal impact to traffic.
  • Metro bus routes do not need to be altered.
  • Anticipated attendance will be under 100 people.
  • The majority of people attending are residents or guests of the block to be closed.
  • Neighborhood Block Party may instead require a Street Use Permit if the event does not meet the above criteria.
  • If you are not sure which permit to apply for or whether your event qualifies as a special event please email.


Complete the Neighborhood Block Party Permit Application to begin the process of reserving a residential street for your event.

RESIDENT PETITION - all Block Party applications must be submitted with a petition signed by an adult resident/occupant of at least 75% of all residential and/or non-residential units on the street(s) for which closure is requested.

  1. Online - Click here to complete your reservation.
  2. Paper Application - Fill out the application, bring to the Madison Parks Administration office at 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Room 104.
  3. Fees - The application fee for a block party is $50. This fee must be submitted 14 days prior your block party.


Phone (608) 267‑4916 or email Madison Events.