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Apply for a streetlight event banner permit

Nonprofits may apply to Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to hang banners on city streetlights to promote special events that are open to the public, non-political, and have a direct civic benefit. Certain conditions apply. Banner permits cost $110 with an additional fee of $1 per pole.

This application should take 15-20 minutes to complete.

  1. Check your eligibility

    Before applying to hang an event banner on city streetlights, be sure your event meets the following required criteria:

    • The event you are promoting must have an affiliated nonprofit organization represented on the application.
    • The event you are promoting must be open to the public, non-political in nature, and provide a civic benefit to the community.
    • Applications must be received at least four weeks prior to the date you want to hang banners.
  2. Download application

  3. Mail in your completed application

    *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not accepting mailed applications at this time. Please use email. 

    Applications must be received at least four weeks prior to the date you want to hang banners. Mail your completed application along with a copy of your artwork, certificate of insurance, and endorsement to PBOT's Signal and Street Lighting team here:

    1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 1332

    Portland OR, 97204

  4. Review and final approval

    Signals and Street Lighting staff will work closely with you to make sure all necessary components are submitted and approved. Once your application is approved and you have paid the necessary fees we will email  your permit to you and your installer. 

    Questions? Call or email us.