Public Works

350 South 5th Street
RM 203 City Hall
Minneapolis, MN  55415-1390

Street Use Permits

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.

Registration and approval is done online at Lane Use Application . The City 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 recyling 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.

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 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 recyling 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.

Residential Block Events

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 .

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.) Commercial/business block events are handled by Regulatory Services.

Last updated Jan 15, 2014