Request More Outdoor Space for Your Downtown Business

Do you need additional room during the pandemic to allow for better social distancing?

You can request a parklet. These are on-street parking spaces where downtown businesses may temporarily expand their operations during COVID. The spaces are available until Feb. 1, 2021, unless extended by City Council.

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Step 1.Determine your eligibility

Parklets are are only available:

  • in the Downtown CRA.
  • in permanent on-street parking locations where the speed limit is 25 miles per hour or less.
  • in city-controlled rights-of-way, or FDOT and Orange County controlled rights-of-way with the concurrence of the relevant agency.
  • for businesses to use between 8 a.m. and midnight daily. 

Step 2.Gather your information

You will need to provide:

  • A site plan that includes the surrounding 100 feet. 
  • Certificate of Insurance acceptable to the city’s risk manager ($1 million per incident, $2 million aggregate).
  • Descriptions of proposed improvements with materials and items expected to be placed in the parklet (such as tables, chairs, benches, planters/landscaping, bicycle parking, life-size games, alcohol service, etc.)
  • A detailed description of safety elements and barriers that will be included adjacent to travel lanes and open parking spaces.

Step 3.Submit your request

There is no application fee.

Request a Parklet for Your Business

Step 4.We will contact you

We will review your request and contact you within two business days to discuss next steps. The city transportation engineer and other departments will review your safety features and setup.

General rules

  • Parklets must be adjacent to applicant’s building and place of business.
  • Parklet hours of operation are limited to 8 a.m. to midnight.
  • In areas where the proposed parking space is not individually delineated, the parklet must occupy a space no greater than 7.5 feet by 23 feet for each parking space dimension.
  • Parklets must have a continuous physical barrier, such as planters, furniture, or crowd control barriers, a minimum of 30 inches in height along any edge that is adjacent to a drive aisle.
  • Parklets must maintain sight lines as required by the city transportation engineer.
  • Parklets are allowed only in an existing permanent parking location, and not in any loading zone, fire lane, bus stop, taxi stand, ADA space or other specially designated space.
  • Parklets are not allowed in front of city connections, fire hydrants, or over manhole covers, public utilities or catch basins.
  • Curb and roadside drainage must not be impeded.
  • The roadway adjacent to the proposed parklet location should have a speed limit of 25 mph or less.
  • The parklet site must be located at least one parking spot from an intersection, or, if on a corner, the parklet must be protected by a bollard or streetscape bump-out.
  • The city will review proposed parklet locations for potential conflicts, and proposed locations may be rejected at the city’s discretion for reasons including but not limited to: future programmed projects.
  • If located adjacent to parallel parking spaces, parklets must have soft hit posts, wheel stops, or other buffer to prevent conflicts with parked cars.
  • Any lighting must be self-contained (i.e. solar and/or battery powered). Parklets may not have any features powered by extension cord. Lighting should be low-level and to not distract drivers.
  • The parklet must be well-maintained and in good repair with daily cleaning.
  • The parklet must be free of debris, grime and graffiti.
  • All parklet vegetation must be watered and maintained.
  • Amplified music is prohibited in the parklet.
  • Tables must be placed approximately 10 feet apart.
  • To participate in the program, minimum life safety requirements and Americans with Disability Acts (ADA) must still be met, as required by law. It is the responsibility of the business to ensure that these requirements are maintained at all times the business is operating within public rights-of-way.
  • The city reserves the right to adjust, modify, or amend the program rules as necessary for the public health, safety and welfare.

Food service rules

If food service is proposed within the parklet:

  • The kitchen facilities must be a permitted Food Service Establishment in good standing.
  • Food trays, carts, receptacles for dirty dishes, etc. must not be placed or stored on any portion of the sidewalk or parklet.
  • Cooking devices are prohibited within the parklet.
  • Any proposed removable tables, chairs, planters or other appurtenances that should be locked or stowed nightly according to city standards and best methods.
  • The permit holder must provide for at least one trash receptacle and one recycle bin that is emptied during the day and every night associated with its outdoor operation.

Alcohol service rules

If alcohol service is proposed within the parklet:

  • The Chief of Police, or his designee, must review and approve of the location for on-premise consumption.
  • The adjacent business must have a valid state alcohol license for on-premise consumption, and follow DBPR requirements.
  • Signs must be installed at the appropriate boundaries of the location clarifying that alcoholic beverages may not be taken off-site.