Steps to closing your street for a block party
Insurance, barricades, and permits are free, thanks to the cooperation of the City and your local community centre.
It's best to apply for a street closure two weeks before your party date.
1. Involve your neighbours
When inviting your neighbours, share your idea for closing the street, and record their support with the sign-off form. At least 65% of households must support the road closure. Talk to everyone on your block, including those across the street from each end of the block.
Download the sign-off form (115 KB)
2. Apply for your free permit online
Vancouver has a lot of block parties! Make sure to apply two weeks before your party date. Once you apply, we will contact you to confirm details and request your completed sign-off form. When everything is in order, we will email your block party permit.
3. Confirm if the free insurance is enough
Approved block parties that require a street closure get free general liability insurance from the City of Vancouver. The insurance covers party organizers and the City to a limit of $2,000,000 for public liability and property damage.
We can help determine if you will need additional insurance coverage. If you do need more coverage, you will need to contact a private insurance broker.
4. Get the barricades to reserve the street for your party
We will reserve street barricades at the community centre you requested in your application. Barricades are in limited supply and reserved for approved block parties on a first-come, first-served basis. If all barricades are loaned out at your requested community centre, you will be referred to another centre.
When there are no barricades available for loan at any community centre, you will be required to get WorkSafeBC-approved barricades from a private company at your own cost. We will provide you with this information when your block party is approved.
Contact the community centre to confirm when to pick up the barricades. Bring a copy of your approved block party permit when you get the barricades.