Blocking Right of Way Permits

Blocking Right of Way Permits are required for any activity that will block any portion of the public right of way (i.e.: street or sidewalk)

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The Street Department is responsible for maintaining the safety of the public right-of-way. As such, anyone planning to obstruct any portion of the public right-of-way is required to get a permit from the Street Department. Here are the types of permits most commonly requested:

  • Blocking traffic or curb lane (for construction equipment, dumpster placement, storage container, etc)
  • Full street closures (construction related work)
  • Residential Block Party (defined as a residential, neighbors only, social gathering.  Not affiliated with any special event or commercial establishment)
  • Valet Stands.

NOTE: Street closings related to Special Events (such as street fairs, parades, runs, bike rides, etc.) are now applied for through the Office of Special Events.


Blocking  permit requests for use of street/curb lanes between the hours of 9 am and 3 PM (so as to avoid rush hours) can generally be issued on the spot when you come to our permitting office. Blocking any part of a commercial street for more than a day or completely closing any street will require additional review and may not be issued same day. NOTE: Blocking permits will only be issued to the property owner of the adjacent property, or to person/contractor who has the adjacent property owner's permission.

Residential Block Parties (specifically gatherings for residents of a block and NOT events open to the public) require an application to be submitted 2 weeks in advance. Residential Block Parties are limited to weekends only (including Friday evenings) and must end by 9:00 pm.

Valets must first meet with Mike Hulsey to review permit conditions.  Please call ahead and make an appointment.


  1. Determine which type of permit you need.
  2. Determine the location, dates and hours for which you will be requesting a permit.
  3. Submit your application online

Begin online Call (314) 647-3111


Blockings- $20/day/block for each curb lane, sidewalk or alley; $30/day/block for each traffic lane.  (plus meter rentals if applicable)

Dumpster Blocking - Residential street: $20/week.  Commercial Street: $20/day. (plus meter rentals if applicable)

Storage Container Blocking - Residential street: $25/week, 1 week only with maximum 1 additional week extension.  Commercial street: $20/day. (plus meter rentals if applicable)

If any of the above require blocking meters or removing meters from use, the following meter rental fees apply:  one time $25 application fee plus $10/meter/day; excluding Sundays and city holidays.

Residential Block Parties - $20/block

Valet - $20/day/zone, $25 deposit for each meter head cover, $1/hour/meter up until 7 pm.


What to Expect

After submitting your application online, you will receive an application ID number as well as a confirmation e-mail.  You may then monitor the status of your application by going to our Check Status of Street Permit Application page.

Upon permit being approved, you should come to 1900 Hampton to pay for and pick up your permit. At this time we only accept cash or check. If there is sufficient lead time before your event, you can mail in payment and we will mail or fax your permit to you.

Additional Information

Barricades are to be provided by the permittee and must include flashers during all hours of darkness.  For lane closures, barricades must be at least 1 foot inside the blocked lane (not directly on the lane line).

If you have any questions, the permit section can be reached at 647-3111. You may also contact us by e-mail with any questions. (See link in our contact section to the right).

For street permits in the Loop Trolley Right-of-Way, please visit Loop Trolley Parking Restrictions, Safety Tips and Permit Information.


Department of Streets

(314) 647-3111

1900 Hampton
St. Louis, Mo 63139

Monday thru Friday, 8:00 - 4:30

Contact the Department of Streets

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