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Apply for a Special Event Permit

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), through the Portland in the Streets program issues Special Event Permits to allow moving events on city streets or sidewalks. Types of events include marches, parades, athletic events, demonstrations, etc. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee.
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Application time varies depending on event complexity.

Review program guidelines

To hold an event, you may need to get permitted through several departments at the City. Give yourself plenty of time to apply, the Special Events Coordinator will outline all the necessary steps needed to receive a permit. 

These permits are moving events only, stationary events in the street space, in parks, or on private property are not included in this program.

For additional information about special events in the right of way, review the administrative rules and code requirements: 

Special Event code

Special Event administrative rules

Complete the Special Event Permit Application

Save the application to your computer and then complete the fillable form.  With your submittal, please include routing information and insurance.

Special Event Insurance Information

Submit your permit application and fee

Email your completed application to the Special Events Program Coordinator.

Alternatively, you can fax it.

Application fees: $25 

Checks should be made out to the City of Portland and be mailed.

If you prefer to pay with a debit or credit card, we can create an invoice that can be paid by phone.

Permit review and next steps

Submitted applications are reviewed by various agencies that oversee the right of way. 

Basic questions will be addressed by phone or email.  Complicated events may require organizers to attend a meeting with program and advisory group staff. Any additional information or supplemental documents will be requested during the review process. 


Allison Madsen

Special Events Program Coordinator, PBOT

Mailing address

Portland Bureau of Transportation, Attn: Special Events
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1331
Portland, OR 97204