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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

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Portland in the Streets

Permitting > Portland in the Streets Program

Why we're here

The Portland Bureau of Transportation prioritizes people by encouraging the use of the right-of-way for community gathering spaces, placemaking and programming. The Livable Streets strategy was developed by a Stakeholder committee tasked with supporting community building through recommendations to the Portland in the Streets program team. Check out the Livable Streets Strategy to learn more about what drives our programs and how we are going to move the dial on placemaking in Portland.

What we do

  • Through the Portland in the Streets Program, you can activate a public space for your community project.
  • Our community-use programs encourage Portland residents to activate public spaces (streets, sidewalks, under-utilized spaces) for small and large community gatherings.
  • We are available to help and guide you through the permitting process.  Please visit the individual landing program pages below for more information.


Community toolkit

Visit our Community Toolkit page for granting and community resources to help you launch your project!

Do you want to host a community building project or event in your neighborhood but your not sure which permit you need? Fill out our Idea Form online or Email us at, we'll work with you to get your idea through the permitting process. 



Play Streets permitting    Community Event permitting

Farmers Market permitting    Sidewalk Café permitting

Street Seats permitting    Stewardship permitting

Special Events permitting    Cross Street Banner permitting

Block Party permitting    Vending Carts permitting

Creative Crosswalks permitting    Pedestrian Plaza permitting

Stewardship permitting    Street Painting permit

Street Prototyping permitting    Portland Pathways permitting

Neighborhood Signs    PARK(ing) Day

Publication Boxes permitting


Events Calendar

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Park(ing) Day!

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Special Events

Permitting street and/or sidewalk events such as runs, walks, marches, parades or bicycles races.

Community Events

Community event street closure permits are intended to build a sense of community. Permits are issued to businesses and non-profit organizations. For-profit businesses must have a non-profit affiliated with the event in order to be eligible for a permit.

Street Seats

Street Seats allow businesses or non-profit organizations to convert on-street parking into other public uses, such as café seating or a mini-park, also called a parklet.