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Allow and deny blocks can be used to create restricted building areas or areas where users can build.[1]


Allow and deny blocks can either be obtained by using the pick block control, or by using various commands, such as /give or /setblock, or the Creative inventory[Minecraft Education only].


When placed, allow blocks let users without world builder status place or destroy blocks in the area above them if immutable world in on, while deny blocks prohibit users without world builder, and their agents, from placing or destroying blocks in the area above them. This area covers an infinite distance above the block but does not cover the area below the block. If two allow or deny blocks are placed on top of one another, the block that is highest takes precedence. The deny block does not prevent the placing of blocks through commands or endermen.

In Bedrock Edition, when placed, allow blocks let users in Adventure status place or destroy blocks in the area above, while deny blocks prohibit Members in Survival and even in Creative from placing or destroying blocks in the area above them.

Both blocks are extremely resistant to explosions, even though they can still be destroyed by the ender dragon.

Users with world builder (or Permission level 1‌[Bedrock Edition only]) status are able to place and destroy blocks regardless of where any allow or deny blocks are placed and can also destroy and place the blocks themselves.

Allow blocks do not enable players without building/destroying permissions to not build of them.

Piston interactivity[]

Allow and deny blocks cannot be moved by pistons or sticky pistons.


SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.stone0.370.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0

Data values[]


NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Allowallow210Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.allow.name
Denydeny211Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.deny.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. a b Available with /give command.
  3. a b The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.



Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.14.2Allow BE0 Deny BE0 Unused textures and models for allow and deny blocks have been added to game files.
v0.16.0build 1Allow BE1 Deny BE1 Added allow and deny blocks. The textures have been changed.
build 2Allow and deny blocks have now been removed.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta allow and deny blocks.
Education Edition
MinecraftEdu0.9652Build allow block Build disallow block MinecraftEdu, Education Edition's predecessor, had dedicated build allow and disallow blocks serving an identical purpose. BE1 Deny BE1 Added allow and deny blocks.