Block Parties

Host a block party!Bring the celebration to your block

A block party is a gathering of adjacent neighbours who want to connect and celebrate their community. It's a great way to get know your neighbours, build new friendships, and enhance the safety and awareness of your neighbourhood.

Who can host a block party?

You can host a block party if you are a Coquitlam resident and live in the neighbourhood.

Where can I host a block party?

Block parties must take place in Coquitlam and can be hosted in a variety of locations:  

  • on your street
  • on private property | backyard | common area, or
  • in a park (rental fees will apply)

Benefits of registering your block party

Once you complete the application and your block party is approved, you will:

  • Be eligible to apply for the $150.00 Block Party Grant
  • Be able to request permission for a road closure to host a block party on your street;
    the City will provide the required roadway barricades free-of-charge
  • Receive free Special Event Liability Insurance coverage (if approved) for your block party
  • ​Be able to borrow a Block Party Play Kit with balls, frisbees, cones and even a rubber chicken! Available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application Requirements

Below are a few requirements you will need to know before you complete your Block Party Application:

  • A Block Party Application must be submitted a minimum 15 business days prior to the day of the block party and include:   
    • The names of two supportive neighbours
    • A list of invited neighbours
    • Details for a road closure request, if applicable. Applicant must live within the road closure boundaries.
  • If you're planning to host a block party in a park, please submit your application at least ​30 days, prior to the day of the block party. Rental fees will apply.​
  • Sign the Block Party Agreement

Block Party Guidelines

Below are a few helpful guidelines to assist you with the planning of your block party.

  • Alcoholic beverages are not to be consumed on public property
  • Fireworks are not permitted unless you obtain a permit from Coquitlam Fire & Rescue
  • All recyclables and garbage need to be cleaned up at the end of the event
  • Any outdoor amplified sound (music played through speakers) must end by 10 p.m. 
  • The primary purpose of a Block Party must be for the enjoyment and benefit of the surrounding neighborhood in order to be eligible for the Block Party Grant. Examples of events that would not be eligible for the Block Party Grant include garage sales and birthday parties.

Block Party Grant

In 2019, the City is offering a $150.00 grant to approved block party organizers. The grant funds may be used for food, activities, entertainment, equipment and venue rentals; however, it cannot be used towards the purchase of alcohol.

Grant funds will be awarded based on the following:

  • An approved block party application
  • The primary purpose of the Block Party event is for the enjoyment and benefit of the surrounding neighborhood
  • A submitted block party evaluation, no later than two weeks following the block party
  • ​An emailed photo of the block party

The City reserves the right to refuse the Block Party Grant for Block Parties that: do not meet the Block Party Guidelines, receive neighbour complaints, or, that otherwise do not comply with the intent of the Block Party Program.

Block Party Handbook - 2nd EditionBlock Party Handbook

We've put together a little handbook (download), so you can make this year's block party your best. It's full of fun activities and ideas from past Coquitlam Block Party Hosts for making your block party an event to remember. 

Help us build the Block Party Handbook!

Do you have a great idea for a block party activity? Share your ideas with us and they could be included in our next Block Party Handbook. The first 20 ideas submitted will be eligible  to receive a free arts activity starter kit!  Email us:

  • A description of the activity,
  • A link to a website (if applicable), and
  • Photos of the finished product. 

Contact Us 

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us: 

Phone: 604-927-6968