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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

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

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Street Seats

  • Street Seats Street Seats is a program designed to enhance street vitality and support local businesses.

Street Seat applications now accepted on a rolling deadline


Please use the Street Seat Instruction Packet and Application Form as you develop your Street Seat concept.  


What do Street Seats look like in Portland, Oregon?


Scroll through our photos and find out!  


Learn about Portland State University's SW 4th Ave Public Street Seat


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.

About Street Seats

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:   

 Press Coverage on Portland's Street Seats Program


Street Seat Application Form (.PDF)

New Street Seat application form PDF

Maintenance Plan

Word Document

2017 Renewal Instructions

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.

Cost Structure

A breakdown of Street Seat permit fees.

Preparing Community Support and Outreach

Documented support by the neighborhood is a requirement of the application.

Design and Construction Firms available for Street Seats

A list of design and construction firms available for Street Seat design proposal assistance.

Notification Flyer Template and Instructions (.docx)

Downloadable template example to be posted and distributed as part of community notification (Word doc).

Link to Sidewalk Cafe Seating permit application

Download the information/application packet to apply for outdoor cafe seating on the proposed Street Seat.

Sample Encroachment Permit (.pdf)

Sample Encroachment Permit

Portland Street Seat Photos

A collection of photos of Portland's Street Seat installations.