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Street Use Permits

There are several types of Street Use Permits. See them below.

 

How to Apply

Street Use Permit applications are available online.

Street Use Permit types

Lane Use/Obstruction Permits

Obstruction permits are required when any portion of a city street, parking lane or sidewalk is obstructed for the purpose of construction, demolition, utility repair, etc.

Apply for registration and approval using the online Lane Use Application.

Note: The City of Minneapolis requires 24 hour notice if parking meters need to be hooded, or 48 hours if streets must be posted for "No Parking."

Fees: There is no charge for the actual permit, but the permit is required to park vehicles in the obstructed area. Lane use fees may apply if a travel or parking lane is closed. Meter hooding fees apply if parking meters need to be hooded for the project.

Race Permits

Race Permits are required for bicycle races, foot races, race walking, wheelchair racing, rollerblading, marathons and jogging events when any portion of the event occurs on a city street. Applications are available online Race Application and must be submitted (with a legible route map) at least 60 days prior to event.

Fees: $100 with application, plus 50 cents per participant. Additional costs may apply if traffic control or police are required to control traffic. Additional costs may apply for the posting of temporary "No Parking" signs along the route, if required. Barricades, signs and other equipment must be installed and removed if directed by Public Works or Minneapolis Police. This equipment can be rented from several local private firms.

Other Requirements: All races are required to collect recyclables and submit a waste and recycling plan per [Minneapolis Ordinance 447.91].

Note: If the event occurs exclusively on park property, contact the Minneapolis Park Board for permits and reservations. A permit is not required from the City of Minneapolis.

Parade Permits

Parade Permits are required for any parade, march or procession in or on any city street or alley (not including sidewalks.) Applications are available online Parade Application and must be submitted (with a legible route map) at least 5 business days prior to event.

Fees: Fees are identified in the application. Additional costs may apply for the posting of temporary "No Parking" signs along the route, if required. Barricades, signs and other equipment must be installed and removed if directed by Public Works or Minneapolis Police. This equipment can be rented from several local private firms.

Other Requirements: All races are required to collect recyclables and submit a waste and recycling plan per [Minneapolis Ordinance 447.91].

Note: If the event occurs exclusively on park property, contact the Minneapolis Park Board for permits and reservations. A permit is not required from the City of Minneapolis.

Business District Block Permits

Business District Block Permits are required for block events in business districts.

Conditions
 

  • Event Dates: The Permit is valid only for the date specified. In case of bad weather, the permit may be extended to the following day only if requested as a Rain Date on the application.
  • Event Hours: Weekdays: 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Weekends and holidays: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Event hours for activities which are protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution: one hour, on weekdays, between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These times include set-up time.

Application process
 

  • Applicant is authorized by the businesses on the block to apply for this permit. The applicant will need to submit a completed Block Event Application (pdf).
  • Approval: The City of Minneapolis Regulatory Services reviews the application to ensure it meets all conditions. Incomplete applications will be returned.
  • Denial: Permit may be denied for a variety of reasons including construction, proximity to a hospital or fire station, conflict with a previously scheduled event within four blocks. A permit cannot be issued for a major thoroughfare (Generally, this would include snow emergency routes, arterial streets, federal, state and county highways, bus routes and streets controlled by semaphores) unless traffic flow can be reasonably accommodated on adjacent streets.
  • Appeals: If permit is not approved by one or more of the designated City officials, a written objection, along with the permit application, shall upon request by applicant be referred to the appropriate City Council committee, which will make a recommendation to the City Council.
  • Revocation: A permit may be revoked for any violation of the block event provisions or in the event of an emergency constituting an imminent threat to life or property. Whenever any block event is of a nature, or conducted in a manner substantially different from that indicated in the application, the block event shall be deemed to be automatically revoked.

Street closure
 

  • Requirements: Both ends of the street must be blocked. The applicant is responsible for the placement, maintenance and removal of the barricades.
  • Barricades: The applicant shall through a bona fide contractor provide, install and remove all the equipment as stipulated by the Director of Public Works (see Bonds).
  • Traffic Control Measures: Applicant is required to pay all costs for traffic control measures and traffic control personnel.

Bonds
 

  • A permit may be granted only after the applicant has filed with the City Council, a cash bond in the sum of $500, or a certified check in a like amount. Applications submitted without the bond will be returned to the applicant.
  • If the applicant fails to clean up the area within three-hour period following the event, the bond shall be forfeited to the city
  • If the applicant complies with the above conditions to the satisfaction of the Director of Public Works, the bond shall be returned or balance refunded.

Insurance
 

  • The applicant must file with the City Council a liability insurance policy, or evidence thereof. Applications filed without insurance will be returned to the applicant.
  • Insurance must provide coverage in the amount of three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000.00) for one claimant and one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) for any number of claimants.
  • Insurance shall specifically provide for the payment by the insurance company, on behalf of the insured, of all sums which the insured shall become obligated to pay by reason of liability imposed upon them by law, for injuries or damages to persons or property arising out of the activities and operations of the insured pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 455 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances.
  • The applicant and the City shall be named as joint insured's on the liability policy.

Conditions and restrictions
 

  • Claims: Applicant agrees to defend and hold the City harmless from claims, demands, actions or causes of actions, of any nature of character, arising out of, or by reason of conduct of the block event authorized by such permit, including attorney fees and all expenses.
  • Damages: Applicant will indemnify the City for all damages that may result to City property, including any portion of such street, as a result of the block event.
  • Supervision: Applicant will maintain adult supervision of the block event at all times.
  • Clean-up: Applicant will, at no cost to the City, immediately clean up, remove and dispose of all litter or material of any kind, which is placed or left on the street because of the block event. If the applicant neglects or fails to proceed with the clean up within the three-hour period immediately following the end of the block event, or if the cleanup is done in an inadequate manner, the City Engineer is authorized to cleanup and charge the applicant for said cost.
  • Alcohol: Applicant agrees not to permit the sale or consumption of intoxicating liquors, without first obtaining the appropriate liquor license. Contact Regulatory Services at (612) 673-2080.

Residential Block Event Permits

Residential Block Event Permits (not including National Night Out) are required for any event that requires the closure of a residential street (e.g. neighborhood block parties, church socials, etc.) Applications are available online Block Event Application. If you have trouble using this service, please contact egovernment@minneapolismn.gov. (Technical issues only)

Fees: Fees range from $25-$200 depending on the time needed to process and approve the application. Early approvals (35 or more days prior to event) cost $25; late approvals (4-6 days prior) cost $200. Public Works will deliver barricades at no extra cost.

Other requirements: Both ends of the street must be blocked. A ten-foot aisle must be kept unobstructed at all times to permit emergency vehicles or disabled individuals to enter or exit. Applicant must affirm that 75% of residents on the block have been contacted and approve the events. Permits cannot be issued for major thoroughfare routes, unless traffic flow can be reasonably accommodated on adjacent streets.

Block parties are encouraged to collect recycling in addition to garbage.  Large block parties are required to collect recyclables and submit a waste and recycling plan per [Minneapolis Ordinance §455.36] with the permit application.

Note: Does not include National Night Out events (handled by Minneapolis Police Dept.)

Before you begin

The following tips will help make your online application experience successful:

  1. Make sure you have access to a printer. You will want to print your receipt if you choose to pay online. Or, if you choose not to pay online, you’ll be asked to print a fee statement to mail with your payment.
  2. Have ready your event location, date (and rain date), time and description of activities.
  3. Have ready your list of neighbors (name and address) who have been contacted and given approval for the event (to meet your residential approval requirement).
  4. Make sure you understand the fee schedule for residential block events. The online form will calculate your fee based on the date you apply and the date you plan to hold your event.

National Night Out applicants

Apply online to register your National Night Out event, whether or not you plan to close a street.

If you can’t or don't prefer to use the online service, you may call the 311 Service Center to submit your application by telephone. The City is no longer taking applications for residential block event permits by mail.

Find the online application and learn more about National Night Out.

Fees and deadlines

Fees for residential block events are listed below. For applications received by mail or in person, payment is due at the time of application. For all other applications, correct payment and copy of application must be received within three (3) business days of the submission of the application. Applications will not be considered complete and will not be processed until payment is received.

This fee schedule does not apply to National Night Out events. See the National Night Out page for more information.

 

Fee

Days prior to event date.

$25

35 or more

$40

22 to 34

$60

15 to 21

$160

7 to 14

$200

4 business to 6 calendar days

Schedule of event

  • Event Dates: The Permit is valid only for the date specified. In case of bad weather, the permit may be extended to the following day only if requested as a Rain Date on the application. Rain date must be the following day.
  • Event Hours: The event can be held only between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.; this includes set-up time and take-down time. Do not close the street before 10 a.m. Street must be re-opened with clean-up complete by 10 p.m.

Street closure

  • Requirements: Both ends of the street must be blocked. City ordinance requires that at least a ten-foot aisle be kept unobstructed at all times to permit emergency vehicles or disabled individuals to enter or exit. This requirement includes access at the end of the block at the barricade area as well as an unobstructed aisle along the entire block.
  • Barricades: Wooden barricades are used for all residential block events, except National Night Out. Public Works will deliver the barricades at no charge. See the National Night Out website for more information about street closure requirements for these events.

Application process

  • Applicant is a resident or property owner in the area designated and is authorized by the other residents on the block to apply for this permit.
  • Resident approval: The applicant must affirm on the application form, an affidavit that 75% of the residents on the block have been contacted and approve the event.
  • Approval: The city reviews the application to ensure it meets all conditions. Incomplete applications will be returned. Due to the volume of requests received during the summer months, it may take some time to process your application. If you have not received your permit within 5 days of the date of your event, please contact:
  • Denial: A permit may be denied for a variety of reasons including construction, proximity to a hospital or fire station, conflict with a previously scheduled event within four blocks. A permit cannot be issued for a major thoroughfare (generally, this would include snow emergency routes; arterial streets; federal, state and county highways; bus routes and streets controlled by semaphores) unless traffic flow can be reasonably accommodated on adjacent streets. If traffic flow cannot be accommodated on adjacent streets, the applicant may be required to pay for traffic control measures and traffic control personnel.
  • Appeals: If the permit is not approved by the designated City officials, a written objection, along with the permit application, shall, upon request by applicant be referred to the appropriate City Council committee, which will make a recommendation to the City Council.
  • Revocation: A permit may be revoked for any violation of the block event provisions or in the event of an emergency constituting an imminent threat to life or property. Whenever any block event is of a nature, or conducted in a manner substantially different from that indicated in the application, the block event shall be deemed to be automatically revoked.
  • Fees and Deadlines: All residential block event fees and corresponding timelines are listed in the block event ordinance. If the application is returned to the applicant because of incomplete information, the application fee will be based on the postmark or date stamp of the corrected application.

Conditions and restrictions

  • Type of Event: Event cannot be a commercial promotion or activity.
  • Claims: Applicant agrees to defend and hold the City harmless from claims, demands, actions or causes of actions, of any nature or character, arising out of or by reason of conduct of the block event authorized by such permit, including attorney fees and al expenses.
  • Damages: Applicant will indemnify the City for all damages that may result to City property, including any portion of such street, as a result of the block event.
  • Emergency Access: City ordinance requires that at least a ten-foot aisle be kept unobstructed at all times to permit emergency vehicles or disabled vehicles to enter or exit. This requirement includes access at the end of the block at the barricade areas as well as an unobstructed aisle along the entire block.
  • Supervision: Applicant will maintain adult supervision of the block event at all times.
  • Clean Up: Applicant will, at no cost to the City, immediately clean up, remove and dispose of all litter or material of any kind, which is placed or left on the street or sidewalk within any of the blocks immediately surrounding the block in which the event is to be held. If the applicant neglects or fails to clean up within the three-hour period immediately following the end of the block event, or if the cleanup is done in an inadequate manner, the City Engineer is authorized to clean up and charge the applicant for the cost.
  • Music: Applicant agrees not to play or allow to be played any music or other sound produced by amplifying equipment. If amplifying equipment will be used an Outdoor Amplified Sound Permit is required. Click to download an Outdoor Amplified Sound Permit (pdf). For more information regarding the Sound Permit Ordinance click here, or call (612) 673-3867 to have a form faxed or mailed to you.
  • Alcohol: Serving alcohol to others is not recommended due to liability issues for the provider.

Non-profit organization events

All block event requests from non-profit organizations located in a residential area must be reviewed by Regulatory Services to determine whether the event will be considered a business district event or a residential block event. Please call (612) 673-2080 prior to submitting an application.

An application from a non-profit organization located in a residential area will have to comply with the conditions and procedures applicable to a business district application unless the following conditions have been met:

  1. The block (special event) will have fewer than 100 people in attendance
  2. More than 50% of the people expected to attend the event have residences which abut the portion of the street where the event is to take place
  3. No food or beverages will be sold at the event
  4. The applicant is a resident or property owner of property which abuts the street where the event is to take place or is the director, executive, board member of the non-profit organization.

Last updated Sep 19, 2017

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