Street Seats, the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s program that permits businesses and organizations to build a temporary platform in the on-street parking lane for outdoor seating or public space, is gearing up for another round of applications for 2014. The deadline for applying for a permit to build a Street Seat is April 1st (no fooling). PBOT is looking for high-quality designs and Street Seats that incorporate public seating for community use.
The program is popular both with businesses and the public who enjoy the opportunity to immerse themselves in Portland’s thriving business districts while enjoying a meal, a drink, or a place to relax. To date, PBOT has permitted eight locations and is only offering 10 additional permits for 2014. Quality of design and availability of public seating will be two of the prioritized evaluation criteria. Serious applicants are encouraged to seek out professional design assistance.
For more information, including design guidelines, pictures, and the application, visit the Street Seats webpage.
A proposed public design submitted as part of PBOT's Street Seat Design Competition in 2013.