1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204
DESIGNED by STUDENTS. BUILT by STUDENTS.
Portland, Oregon’s first downtown public street seat—was designed and built by Portland State University architecture students over a period of 18 months. The street seat was installed on SW 4th Avenue over one weekend, and on June 1, 2015.
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.
Approved Street Seat installations in the City of Portland:
New Street Seat application form 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.