When a group of neighbors get together and decide to have a Block Party, it is necessary to obtain a Temporary Street Closing Permit. The Traffic Department requires that the Temporary Street Closing Permit Application is submitted no less than 7 business days prior to the date of the block party along with an Abutter Approval Form. Emergency vehicles must have access at all times.
Permit Fee: $25.00 per party
The Permit Division closes at noon (12:00pm) on Fridays. Any applications submitted after 11:30am on Fridays will not be processed until the following Monday (Tuesday when Monday is a holiday). The temporary signs are posted 48 hours in advance of the permit start. Permits processed on Mondays can not have a start date prior to the following Thursday.
The City of Cambridge retains the right to revoke or deny street occupancy permits at any time for reasons including, but not limited to the following: non-compliance of any state law, City Ordinance, failure to comply with the above guidelines or failure to make payments.
All City permits are subject to review and can be revoked at any time per order of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Director.
Modification of date, time or location to permits will not be accepted after signs have been posted unless due to extreme weather conditions. In the event that an applicant requests a posting modification after signs are posted, there will be no refund and applicant's must re-apply and pay for a new permit.
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