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New information for the 2016 Street Seats Program:
Info Session Open House on December 2nd, 2015. To help applicants, the City is hosting an information session to better share information about the design requirements, costs, and timeline of sponsoring a Street Seat. The information session will be held adjacent to one of the most recent Street Seat installations, Bunk Bar/Water Avenue Coffee, 1028 SE Water Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Concept plan deadline – February 1, 2016. Applicants will be required to submit concept level designs for review and preliminary approval. A maximum of ten (10) new locations may be chosen to move forward through the design development and review process. Creativity of design, ‘public seating’ proposals, and demonstration of community support will be prioritized evaluation criteria. Serious applicants are encouraged to seek out early professional design assistance.
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.