How to Throw a Block Party in Vienna, Falls Church and McLean

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in McLean. Reach the office at 703-790-9090.

On the last day of school, my family got invited to an awesome block party put on by 4 neighbors on a cul-de-sac in Vienna.

They had bounce houses, food trucks, music and everyone had an awesome time. The adults got to talk, be social and have beer while the kids got to run around and play for hours like I remember doing in my own childhood. The road was blocked off officially by white and orange barricades. It was a great afternoon.

With just a little paperwork you can throw a block party like that one and really get to know your neighbors, or hang out with your friends and help create memories for your family.

Temporary use permits/applications are required whenever you want to block part of a road. Here are some rules and helpful links to get you started:

Town of Vienna

  • Requires an application with at least 21 days in advance of the event.
  • Requires a signed petition by 100% of the affected neighbors.
  • Event must conclude by 11 p.m.
  • Download the full application here.

Vienna, Oakton and McLean (Fairfax County)

  • Requires a “Temporary Special Permit.”
  • Must be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance of the event date.
  • A detailed list of where, what, who, when and how.
  • Download the full application here.

Falls Church City

  • Requires an application at least 10 business days in advance of the event date.
  • Will only be granted a 4 hour window for the party.
  • Requires a notice/invitation be sent to any resident on the block impacted at least 7 days in advance of the event.
  • Download the full application here.

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