Events on Madison Streets - Neighborhood Block Party

Public Health of Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) is issuing orders for gathering limits, physical distancing and masking due to COVID-19. These orders are updated based on Dane County data and metrics. View the Current Orders.

If an event meets the criteria to occur under this order or any future orders, organizers must review PHMDC requirements for gathering limits, physical distancing and cleaning policies, to ensure the event is in compliance. Please contact us at for additional information.

If this order or any future PHMDC order restricting or prohibiting the size or nature of outdoor events are in place on the date(s) of an event, they supersede and may invalidate any approved street use or park event permits.

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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, mail to the Madison Parks Administration office at 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Room 104, Madison, WI 53703.
  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.

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