What are parklets?
A ‘parklet’ is typically a pop-up facility within a carpark space(s) in the road reserve that is temporarily transformed into a space for people. Parklets are repurposed car parking spaces and can consist of facilities beneficial to pedestrians such as public seating, bike parking, landscaping, shade, public art, games and activities. A parklet is a small space with a maximum land area equal to the land area of approximately two parking spaces.
The objective of a parklet is to create places that foster community interaction, activate streets, promote vibrancy, enhance walkability and are inviting to all members of the community.
There are three types of parklets; ‘City parklets’ which are funded, designed, built and maintained by the City and ‘Hosted parklets’ which are sponsored by an adjacent business, organisation or community group (the applicant) and are funded, designed, built and maintained by the applicant. ‘Private Parklets’ are proposed on privately owned car parking areas and are usually subject to a planning application being lodged and assessed by the City’s Statutory Planning section.
How can I develop a ‘Hosted Parklet’ on a road reserve?
Contact the City’s Business Engagement Officer to enquire about constructing a hosted parklet to support your business or community group. The Business Engagement Officer will assess your proposal and seek comment from the relevant departments in the City to ensure it meets our development standards. Temporary parklet proposals may come with a set of conditions to ensure it is constructed and used in accordance with these standards.
What do I need to consider before contacting the City?
Parklets are public spaces and should feel open and welcoming to everyone.
Parklets must be temporary in nature and are usually permitted for one year.
A parklet may have to be temporarily or permanently removed for street improvements, utility work, emergencies or if it is creating a serious amenity concern.
Parklets are not intended for the service or consumption of alcohol.
The City may consult with surrounding businesses before approving a parklet.
- A building permit may be required depending on the type of construction proposed.
A parklet is different to an alfresco dining area. An alfresco means an area in which tables, chairs and other structures are provided for the purpose of the consumption of food or beverages and are solely for the use of restaurant patrons. If you think your proposal is more like an alfresco, please contact the City’s Health Services team and refer to the Alfresco Dining Policy.
If you believe a parklet would enhanse your business and would like advice on whether a parklet would be possible, how to apply and what you need to do to get approval for a parklet then contact firstname.lastname@example.org