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Parklets & Streateries

Parklets (or Streateries) are an option for widening sidewalks for public space, sidewalk cafes or other uses. They typically incorporate landscape, art, or other amenities. To create a parklet, a platform is built at grade with the sidewalk within one or more on-street parking stalls.

General Requirements

A detailed and complete listing of restrictions and requirements related to the construction and operation of Parklets (or Streateries) are included in PMC 12.38. The information provided within this document is intended to educate interested parties on the general process and topics for consideration. It is also important for the reader to note that going forward references to “Parklets” should be interpreted to mean parklets or streateries.

Location

Parklets function best in areas with existing high-levels of pedestrian activity. Areas of lower activity/visibility will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The area of operation is the specific location where the use has been authorized within the right-of-way. Permits are issued for a single location and are not transferrable to other locations or operators. In reviewing the proposed area of operation, the City will consider:

  • The location must not have a grade greater than 5% or a speed limit above 25 mph.
  • Width of the sidewalk. A minimum of 5-feet of pedestrian clearance must be maintained. The presence of appurtenances within the right-of-way (parking meters, vehicle exiting, etc) may require additional clearance.
  • A minimum of 8-foot high clearance above the sidewalk is required for awnings or other protuberances.
  • Proximity to existing street furniture and buildings.
  • Configuration of existing drive lanes and on-street parking stalls.
  • Presence of signposts, light poles, fire hydrants, bus shelters, street furniture, public art, street trees, loading zones, and other obstructions located on the sidewalk.

These considerations will determine whether the proposed use would result in pedestrian or street congestion and whether the required clearance may be maintained. After the right-of-way use permit application is reviewed, staff will mark on the sidewalk at each corner of the approved area of operation to locate the boundaries. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all operations, furniture, and other obstructions remain within this area.

Approval of the abutting business(s) (or property owner, if no business is present) is required, and notification of all other businesses (or property owners) on the block and facing block.

Use of handicapped accessible stalls is prohibited.

The parklet may not block fire hydrants, storm water drainage areas or other street side utilities or amenities.

The proposed parklet must align with the storefront.

If alcohol will be consumed within the parklet, additional endorsements to the liquor license may be required. Contact the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board for more information and additional requirements.

Design/ADA Compliance

Because parklets may sit on top of critical infrastructure and utilities such as gas lines, sewer and water mains, they need to be designed for easy removal in case of an emergency. Additionally, the parklet design must be ADA compliant and adhere to the following NACTO design guidelines: https://nacto.org/publication/urban-street-design-guide/interim-design-strategies/parklets/

Parklets must be ADA compliant, including at least one entrance leading into the area being a minimum of 3-feet wide. If there is a change of grade, a ramp with a non-skid surface, a minimum 3-feet in width and slope not greater than 1:12 shall be provided.

Additional traffic safety features may be required, depending on the specific conditions at the proposed parklet location.

Duration

Due to frequent snowfall, parklets will only be permitted to be in place from April 1st to November 15th. This will prevent conflicts with snowplows and snow removal efforts.

 

Application

The following information must be submitted in order to obtain a right-of-way use permit:

1)      Public Works permit application– Complete all required fields.

2)      Site plan - Show the proposed area of operation and additional required information.

3)      Signature approval/notification form– All uses require approval or notification of the abutting business (or property owner, if no business is present). Some uses may require approvals or notifications beyond this area.

4)      Indemnification and insurance form – Applicants must sign this form agreeing to hold the City harmless for any claims or liabilities related to the permitted activity and to obtain and maintain general liability insurance for the use.

5)      Non Refundable Application fee of $150.00

 

Permit

If the application is able to accommodate the conditions, then the application will be forwarded to the Building Department where a permit will be issued for the construction of the structure and for the Temporary Right of Way Permit.

Fees: In addition to the $150.00 application fee a permit fee of $100.00 will be charged upon issuance of the permit. Fees are adopted by City Council.

Annual Renewal: Permits are good for the calendar year and may be renewed based on proof of compliance with all conditions of issuance and payment of the renewal fee. Failure to renew the permit may result in civil penalties.

Duration: Due to frequent snowfall, parklets will only be permitted to be in place from April 1st to November 15th. This will prevent conflicts with snowplows and snow removal efforts.