40th Ward Block Party Permit Information
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Permit Office has resumed accepting Block Party applications for events scheduled for July 5 or later in the year. This decision has been made in close consultation with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and based on guidance from the CDC. We want to advise you that CDPH has informed us that they are continuing to closely monitor health metrics and the decision is subject to reversal or revision if the metrics show it is no longer safe to permit block parties. Due to COVID, no Jumping Jacks or Bouncy Houses will be permitted. There is no fee for obtaining these permits.
As always, 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. ***If you submitted a request for an application prior to June 9, 2021 you must re-apply via the 40th Ward Block Party Form.***
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.
- Please print off and post these non-enforceable NO PARKING signs as needed.
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.
*** If you submitted a request for an application prior to June 9, 2021 you must re-apply via the 40th Ward Block Party Form.
Please email info@40thWard.org if you have questions or need assistance.