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.
Types of permits most commonly requested:
- Blocking traffic or curb lane (for construction equipment, dumpster placement, storage container, etc)
- Residential Block Party (defined as a residential, neighbors only, social gathering. Not affiliated with any special event or commercial establishment).
- Valet Stands.
- Full street closures (construction related work)
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.
For Blocking Permits
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.
A Traffic Control Plan will be required on any high priority route or where roads are blocked off. Traffic Control Plans should contain at a minimum: a map, construction signs, temporary striping (if necessary), barricades, cones, fencing, a shaded area with dimensions of the work area and the remaining roadway width.
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.
For Residential Block Parties
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.
- Must be open to all residents of the block for purpose of meeting neighbors - no private parties. Organizer must notify all residents of the party's date/time at least 24 hours in advance;
- Access shall be open to all fire hydrants, mail boxes or other utilities;
- No sound amplifying devices may be used that can be heard beyond 150 feet;
- No admission charge may be made;
- May only be held on Fridays between 6pm and 9pm or Saturdays/Sundays between 11am and 9pm (excluding National Night Out and Halloween).
Valets must first meet with Mike Hulsey to review permit conditions. Please call ahead and make an appointment.
- Determine which type of permit you need.
- Determine the location, dates and hours for which you will be requesting a permit.
- Submit your application electronically by using the "begin online" button below.
- $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
- $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.
Please allow at least one week for review and approval of requests to completely close the street or for work along a commercial street. A Traffic Control Plan must be submitted along with your application for review.
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.
All barricades are to be provided by the permittee and must include reflective tape and 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
St. Louis, Mo 63139
Monday thru Friday, 8:00 - 4:30
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