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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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Application and Review Process

The following is an overview of the Street Seat application, approval, and installation process:

  1. Applicant reviews application materials and design guidelines
  2. A location is selected that meets location criteria.
  3. Street Seat initial design concept is developed in order to begin gathering support from community stakeholders.
  4. Business and property owner approvals are obtained using Application Form.
  5. Applicant begins collecting documentation of community support.  This may include: meeting with neighbors, requesting letters of support from neighborhood and business associations, requesting letters of support from neighboring stakeholders, posting information at the proposed site, distributing a petition of support, etc.
  6. Work begins on detailed design document package.  Serious applicants are encouraged to seek out professional design assistance.  A list of design/architecture firms that have identified themselves as capable of designing and/or installing Street Seat style platforms is available here.  
  7. Applicant should consider contacting Transportation Bureau staff with any questions about their application submission.  Questions can be sent to
  8. Completed application and all required attachments are submitted by email by April 1, 2014. Renewal applications are also due at this time.
  9. The Transportation Bureau will review the application for completeness and that all design guidelines have been met.  Applications that are incomplete will be rejected.
  10. Business and neighborhood associations will be notified and will have the opportunity to submit comments to be included in the evaluation of applications.
  11. A review committee will evaluate submissions using the evaluation criteria and select a maximum of ten (10) new locations.  Renewal applications are reviewed to ensure continued community support for installation.
  12. Approved Street Seat design submissions are announced. Date to be determined.
  13. Applicants with successful submissions will be requested to finalize and submit construction drawings.  Transportation Bureau will schedule a preconstruction on-site visit.
  14. Applicants then submit payment and the Transportation Bureau will issue the encroachment permit.  Installation must occur within 90 days of permit issuance.
  15. Once the permit is secured, the applicant will need to notify Transportation Bureau at least 10 days prior to beginning any site work. 
  16. Once installation is complete, applicant is required to notify the City within 48 hours of the completion of Street Seat construction to schedule a post-construction on-site inspection.
  17. Post Construction. The City will continue to monitor the Street Seat for compliance with your revocable permit and design guidelines.  Failure to comply may result in revocation of your permit. Once granted, Street Seat permits and, if applicable, Café Seating permits are reviewed annually for renewal. The City may also request your participation in assessments and studies of the program.