1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204
The following changes have been made for the 2015 program:
Street Seats is a program of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) that allows businesses or non-profit organizations to convert on-street parking into other public uses, such as café seating or a mini-park, also called a parklet. Based on similar programs in San Francisco and New York City, the program enlivens the streetscape by creating spaces for Portlanders to enjoy seating and a meal or a drink outdoors, which in turn enhances street vitality and benefits local businesses.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation experimented with a pilot Street Seats project in 2012. After receiving feedback from community members and business owners, the pilot was deemed a success and PBOT instituted an ongoing program in spring 2013. View an overview of the 2014 installations.
Note: At this time Street Seat applications within the downtown core (from Burnside to SW Harrison, SW 10th to SW 2nd) are not being accepted. Also, the proposed site should be located on a street with a speed limit of 30 MPH or less.
New Applications Received
Renewal Applications Received
Check out the below map of approved Street Seat installations in the City of Portland:
Street Seats to host December 5th open house; accept 2015 proposals through January 15 to turn parking spaces into outdoor seating, City of Portland press release (12/3/2014)
Portland's Street Seats 2014, City of Portland press release (10/1/2014)
Sit down on Street Seat winners and contemplate design, Portland Center for Architecture, Oregonian (9/29/2014)
More restaurants swap parking for outdoor seats, KGW 8 (6/4/2014)
Portland Street Seats expanding, changing, Koin 6 (5/13/2014)
More Portland restaurants adding Street Seats, Koin 6 (4/12/2014)
Want to convert a parking spot into public seating? Street Seats now accepting proposals for 2014. City of Portland press release (11/14/2013)
New Proposed Guidelines for Street Seats, City of Portland press release ((3/22/2013)
Street Seats Pilot Program Updated, City of Portland press release (1/10/2013)
December 5th Info session presentation (pdf)
Applicants who wish to renew existing Street Seat installations will be required to complete a new application form each year. In addition, they must provide demonstration of continued community support for installation and drawings detailing any proposed design changes, if applicable.
A breakdown of Street Seat permit fees.
Documented support by the neighborhood is a requirement of the application.
A list of design and construction firms available for Street Seat design proposal assistance.
Downloadable template example to be posted and distributed as part of community notification (Word doc).
Download the information/application packet to apply for outdoor cafe seating on the proposed Street Seat.
Sample Encroachment Permit
A collection of photos of Portland's Street Seat installations.
Staff contact information.