At WNA’s April 2nd meeting, Southeast Crime Prevention Coordinator Katherine Anderson passed around the basic info for organizing block parties, and in a followup email (after checking with Kalise Gregory at the Portland Bureau of Transportation on this question), she confirmed that people can apply for block parties in an alley, since an alley is a public right-of-way.
Here is the webpage with more information and a link to the application packet: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/306014. Instead of listing a street to be closed, write Alley and then list the streets or avenues that the alley is between. The fee is $10.00 as described on the form. All residents who have property that abuts the alley need to be contacted and sign the petition. Additional information is available on how to proceed in case a resident can’t be contacted.
This form needs to be mailed, faxed or delivered in person NO EMAILS. All these options are listed on the webpage.
If you have any questions or need clarification on any part of the process of applying for a block party permit, please contact PBOT staff at 503-823-4003.