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Events on Madison Streets - Neighborhood Block Party

Neighborhood Block Party Permit

Residential Street Closure

A Neighborhood Block Party Permit (a type of Street Use Permit) is required for any neighborhood gathering event or activity taking place on residential streets in Madison with fewer than 100 people.

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 is fewer than 100 people.
  • The majority of people attending are residents or guests of the block to be closed.
  • Neighborhood Block Party is not promoted or advertised to the public.
  • Neighborhood Block Party cannot have vending or any temporary structures setup in the street.
  • Noise must be kept to a minimum. No loud amplified sound is allowed.
  • 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. Attach the resident petition to complete the application.
  2. Paper Application - Fill out the application, mail to the Madison Parks Administration office at 330 E. Lakeside Street, Madison, WI 53715 or email to
  3. Fees - The application fee for a block party is $50. This fee must be submitted with your application at least 14 days prior your block party.


Phone (608) 266‑4711 or email Madison Events.