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Portland Bureau of Transportation

We keep Portland moving

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Cost Structure

All eligible applicants will be charged a $500 base permit fee.  If the platform requires other changes to the street (e.g. parking sign or striping changes) the applicant will be responsible for those costs. If the platform is to be located in a metered parking space, the applicant will be responsible for lost meter revenue. Transportation staff will provide accurate cost estimates of these charges based on location.  

Applicants wishing to extend a Café Seating Permit into the platform (to allow for table service and/or the consumption of alcohol) will be charged $105 per linear foot of right of way. This would result in an annual fee of $2,600 for 20ft platform ($500 base permit fee + $105x20ft). Applicants for private Street Seats will also be responsible for securing/updating City of Portland Café Seating permit and Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) permits.

Public Street Seats will not incur the linear foot charge and will not require Café Seating permits. Public Street Seats must be signed as such and must be visually distinct from the sponsoring business.

Permit fees are not due until approval of application, prior to the Transportation Bureau issuing a permit to install. 


2014 Street Seat Permit Fees  
Base fee for all applications    $500.00
Cafe seating permit for platform (if applicable)   $105/linear foot (typically $2100 for 1 parking space)
Lost meter revenue (if applicable)      ~ $2,000-7,000, TBD based on location
Additional incurred costs (if applicable) (i.e. sign changes such as truck loading zone changes)  ~ $150-$500, TBD based on location