Block Party Permit

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Step 1.Review Permit Requirements

Review the permit requirements, below

Step 2.Create Accela Citizen Access Account (if necessary)

An Accela Citizen Access account is required to submit an electronic permit request. If you do not already have an account, please create one.

How to Create a Citizen Access Account

Step 3.Apply for Permit

Apply for a permit using Accela Citizen Access. The Block Party permit application is available under the "LTU" heading.

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Apply by Mail or In Person

Step 1.Review Permit Requirements

Review the permit requirements, below

Step 2.Complete Application Form

Complete the Block Party Permit Application and Residential Survey(PDF, 224KB). Print and sign the completed application.

Step 3.Return to Transportation Division

Mail or deliver the application, along with the $45 permit fee (payable by check), to:

Transportation Division Office 949 West Bond Street, Suite 200 Lincoln, NE 68521

Permit Requirements

Purpose/ Use:

The requested use is for a community purpose and is not for the purpose of advertising any products, goods, or events, and is not designed to be held for private profit.


Block Parties must be located within residential zoned areas. Block Parties will only be approved on local residential streets. Arterials, collectors, bus routes or other roadways necessary for traffic safety cannot be blocked off. The most acceptable locations are dead end streets, circle streets, or "T" intersection streets leading to a cul-de-sac.


Each Block Party permit shall be limited to a maximum of one City block in length or to the nearest two roadway intersections where no cross streets exist. Barricade placements shall be at the roadway intersections and no mid-block closures shall be allowed.

Hours of Party:

Maximum length of time allowed will be 6 hours — starting no earlier than 10:00 a.m. and ending no later than 10:00 p.m.


$45.00 non-negotiable, payable in advance, when the application is filed, which helps defray the associated cost of barricades, delivery & pickup.

Residential Survey:

Prior to filling out an application for a Block Party, all affected residents adjoining the requested roadway closure MUST be contacted prior to the event and surveyed for approvals. All addresses affected MUST be on the residential survey with Yes/No Approvals or your documented attempts at notifying them.

Application Time:

Return completed application and residential survey to Transportation Division Office at least 2 weeks in advance of said Block Party.


The applicant, in consideration of the permit being granted, agrees to hold harmless the City of Lincoln and its officers and employees from all claims, demands, suits, actions, payments, liability, and judgments, because of bodily injury or property damage caused by an accident arising out of the private use of the street.

The applicant, in further consideration of the permit being granted, agrees to reimburse the City of Lincoln for any and all damage to or loss of City property in his/her possession or in his/her control under this permit. The applicant agrees to clean the permitted area of all paper products, glass, plastic, and trash and debris following the end of the Block Party event. The applicant further agrees to immediately report to the Transportation Division Office of the Transportation and Utilities Department or to the Lincoln Police Department any visible or potential damage to City property which may have occurred during the Block Party event or cleanup actions thereafter.

No Alcoholic Beverages on City Property.


The Transportation and Utilities Department will deliver barricades to the applicants address prior to the Block Party. Applicant shall be responsible to set out and remove all traffic control devices in accordance with the location and time specified on the permit. Transportation and Utilities will then pick up the barricades only from the applicants listed address. Barricades will normally be delivered one day prior to the event and picked up the day after the Block Party. If the Block Party is scheduled during a weekend, barricades will be delivered the Friday before and picked up the following Monday. Transportation and Utilities reserves the right to limit quantities and adjust delivery and pickup times during emergencies, holidays and times of high demand.


The Transportation Division Office will notify you by email upon approval or denial of the application by Transportation and Utilities or the Lincoln Police Department. Upon approval, the Transportation Division will make the necessary contacts within Transportation and Utilities for barricade deliveries and notifications of Street closures to the Lincoln Police Department.