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September 26, 2017 Public Hearing Notice

2017 Street Closing Application Guidelines

Tips for a Successful Event

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2017 Street Closing Application Guidelines

Street Activity Permits are required for Street Fairs, Block Parties, Farmers' Markets, Block Cleanups, and Sidewalk Closings. In planning your event, please be reminded of the following:

  1. Applications for Street Activity Permits are now filed on-line using a major credit card.
    To apply on-line, go to and select “SAPO E-Apply”. As a new user, you must first create an account. Once you have completed that process, you may proceed to fill out an application for your street closing. A copy will be sent to me electronically for my approval. Please apply at least one hundred (100) days prior to your event. This will enable me to submit my comments on your application in a timely fashion to the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office.

    You should be aware that when using a major credit card, the fee will be $25.62. Please be reminded that the application fee is non-refundable. Rain dates are no longer available for block parties. Remember, block closings for parties or other events can begin as early as 9:00 a.m. and must end no later than 7:00 p.m. and are permitted for eight hour blocks of time.
  2. At the request of the 73rd Precinct and for reasons of public safety, we ask that you not schedule events on the following dates:
    • March 17th
    • May 13th,14th, 27th, 28th, and 29th
    • June 10th, and 11th
    • July 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 15th, 28th, and 29th
    • August 4th, 5th, 6th, 12th, and 19th
    • September 1st -3rd
    • October 31st
    • November 7th and 23rd
    • December 24th and 25th


  3. Street closings for block parties held during July, August and September will be limited to five (5) per Saturday.
  4. Due to the above limitation, the first available Saturday date is currently September 16, 2017.
  5. If the event occurs on streets abutting New York City Housing Authority buildings, you must obtain a letter from the Commanding Officer of PSA (Police Service Area) #2 in support of the event. When applying for these events on-line, a copy of PSA #2's letter must be uploaded with the application.
  6. If you are not the president of your block association, you must submit to me a letter signed by the president consenting to the closing or in the absence of an organized association a letter/petition signed by a majority of the adult residents of the block with their corresponding addresses.

If you need assistance to apply online, call the Community Board Office at (718) 385-0323.

Tips for a Successful Event

Do not close off streets by parking cars at the intersections. This practice is illegal and a threat to public safety. Speak to the Community Affairs Officers at the 73rd Precinct, (718) 495-5422, for advice on how best to close off the street safely.

Make sure that any school, house of worship, or other institution or business on your block is aware of the closing.

"NO PARKING" paper signs may be made available through the 73rd Precinct. When posting these signs, do not pin, staple, tack or nail them onto trees. This practice causes harm to the tree and is a summonsable offense. Tape or string is recommended.

Sound device permits for the use of electronic sound amplification devices (i.e., speakers, amplifiers, microphones, etc.) may be obtained at the 73rd Precinct. The Police Department charges a separate $45 fee for sound device permits.

Do not use hydrants unless they have spray caps on them. Access to hydrants and spray caps are available through the Fire Department.

Make arrangements for recycling appropriate materials and for policing the area for litter. Remember: Don't Litter but Do Recycle!

Thank you and have a safe and enjoyable season!

SAPO E-Apply

Learn about Community District #16's Community Emergency Response Team

NYC CERT teams are groups of neighborhood and community-based volunteers that undergo an intensive training program in disaster preparedness and basic response skills. After completing training, these teams act to support their local communities by assisting the various emergency agencies that prepare for and respond to disasters.

As a rule, emergency services personnel are the best equipped to respond to emergencies. However, following a catastrophic disaster, CERT teams can handle initial emergency recovery while they wait for professional First Responders.

For more information about Community District #16's CERT please call the Board's office at (718) 385-0323. (Revised: December 11, 2008)

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  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a New York City resident for at least 30 days
  • Be 18 years of age by the end of the year (but you must be 18 on Election Day to vote)
  • Not be incarcerated or on parole for a felony conviction
  • Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside New York City)

Please use the link below for more information and/or complete registration forms. (Revised: November 13, 2014)

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