We require business district block event permits for block events in business districts.
- Event Dates: The Permit is valid only for the date specified. In case of bad weather, the permit may be extended to the following day only if requested as a Rain Date on the application.
- Event Hours: Weekdays: 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Weekends and holidays: 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Event hours for activities which are protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution: one hour, on weekdays, between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These times include set-up time.
- Applicant is authorized by the businesses on the block to apply for this permit. The applicant will need to submit a completed application.
- Approval: The City of Minneapolis Regulatory Services reviews the application to ensure it meets all conditions. Incomplete applications will be returned.
- Denial: Permit may be denied for a variety of reasons including construction, proximity to a hospital or fire station, conflict with a previously scheduled event within four blocks. A permit cannot be issued for a major thoroughfare (Generally, this would include snow emergency routes, arterial streets, federal, state and county highways, bus routes and streets controlled by semaphores) unless traffic flow can be reasonably accommodated on adjacent streets.
- Appeals: If permit is not approved by one or more of the designated City officials, a written objection, along with the permit application, shall upon request by applicant be referred to the appropriate City Council committee, which will make a recommendation to the City Council.
- Revocation: A permit may be revoked for any violation of the block event provisions or in the event of an emergency constituting an imminent threat to life or property. Whenever any block event is of a nature, or conducted in a manner substantially different from that indicated in the application, the block event shall be deemed to be automatically revoked.
- Requirements: Both ends of the street must be blocked. The applicant is responsible for the placement, maintenance and removal of the barricades.
- Barricades: The applicant shall through a bona fide contractor provide, install and remove all the equipment as stipulated by the Director of Public Works (see Bonds).
- Traffic Control Measures: Applicant is required to pay all costs for traffic control measures and traffic control personnel.
- A permit may be granted only after the applicant has filed with the City Council, a cash bond in the sum of $500, or a certified check in a like amount. Applications submitted without the bond will be returned to the applicant.
- If the applicant fails to clean up the area within three-hour period following the event, the bond shall be forfeited to the city
- If the applicant complies with the above conditions to the satisfaction of the Director of Public Works, the bond shall be returned or balance refunded.
- The applicant must file with the City Council a liability insurance policy, or evidence thereof. Applications filed without insurance will be returned to the applicant.
- Insurance must provide coverage in the amount of three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000.00) for one claimant and one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) for any number of claimants.
- Insurance shall specifically provide for the payment by the insurance company, on behalf of the insured, of all sums which the insured shall become obligated to pay by reason of liability imposed upon them by law, for injuries or damages to persons or property arising out of the activities and operations of the insured pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 455 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances.
- The applicant and the City shall be named as joint insured's on the liability policy.
Conditions and restrictions
- Claims: Applicant agrees to defend and hold the City harmless from claims, demands, actions or causes of actions, of any nature of character, arising out of, or by reason of conduct of the block event authorized by such permit, including attorney fees and all expenses.
- Damages: Applicant will indemnify the City for all damages that may result to City property, including any portion of such street, as a result of the block event.
- Supervision: Applicant will maintain adult supervision of the block event at all times.
- Clean-up: Applicant will, at no cost to the City, immediately clean up, remove and dispose of all litter or material of any kind, which is placed or left on the street because of the block event. If the applicant neglects or fails to proceed with the clean up within the three-hour period immediately following the end of the block event, or if the cleanup is done in an inadequate manner, the City Engineer is authorized to cleanup and charge the applicant for said cost.
- Alcohol: Applicant agrees not to permit the sale or consumption of intoxicating liquors, without first obtaining the appropriate liquor license. Contact Business Licenses