Block Party Permits

40th Ward Block Party Permit Information


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:

  • Requests for Block Party Permits MUST be sent two (2) weeks prior to event to ensure the permit is issued for the event. Permits are issued on a first come, first served basis.
    • If you are interested in a Chicago Fire Department (CFD) Presence, that form (provided in the link below) is a separate process and must be sent to the CFD two (2) weeks prior to event.
  • Block Party Permits will not be issued on any Federal Aid Urban Streets (i.e., arterial streets) or on a bus route.
  • Block Party Permits will not be issued for more than one (1) day in succession or to close any street for a commercial purpose.
  • A block party permit will only be issued for a single block (intersection to intersection).
  • Access to any parking spaces controlled by meters or pay boxes must be maintained at all times.
  • Our office does not have equipment to provide to block off streets, that is the responsibility of the block party organizers.

New COVID-related rules:

  • 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 and communicate that unvaccinated individuals, including children not eligible for the vaccine, wear masks and maintain social distancing and ensure ready access to hand sanitizer throughout the block party

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

Apply for a Block Party Permit

Click on the 40th Ward Block Party Form, filling in all contact and event details. Make sure to attach the City of Chicago form and COVID safety forms.

Please email if you have questions or need assistance.

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