National Night Out events

We require a permit for National Night Out events.


Dates and hours

National Night Out is the first Tuesday in August.   

If the weather is bad, you may continue the next day due to rain. 
You may schedule your event from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. This includes setup and clean up time.  

Street closure

If you close your street or alley, you must block both ends. Barricades are not required.  Tape for blocking streets and alleys is at your police precinct.   
You must have a ten-foot aisle open on streets for emergency vehicles. This is for the entire block.  
You do not have to close your street or alley.

Resident approval

You must inform the residents on the block before your event. 


If you use amplifying equipment, you must have an outdoor sound permit. 

Disability access

The following must comply with Chapter 1341 of the Minnesota State Building Code:

  • Accessibility
  • Parking
  • Seating
  • Signs
  • Ingress and egress for people with disabilities

Read Minnesota State Building Code Chapter 1341


You must clean up the entire area and throw away all garbage. If the area is not cleaned within three hours, the city may charge you the cost of cleanup. 


The application for a National Night Out event is online.

Apply for a Block Event Permit


There is no charge for a National Night Out event if we receive your application 14 days in advance.

The fee for applications received five to 13 days in advance is $100.

We will not accept applications four or fewer days before your event.


The National Night Out campaign provides materials for events, including:

  • Door hangers
  • Name tags
  • Coloring sheets  

Download and and print materials

Get help

You can meet with a customer service representative about National Night Out requirements.

See how to get help at the City of Minneapolis Service Center 

Contact us


Minneapolis 311


Office hours

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday