Your first step in the planning process is to seek all relevant local information. Try searching ‘CITY_NAME Parklet Program’ in your web browser. In a number of municipalities, public authorities such as the Department of Transportation have introduced ‘Parklet Programs’ and have produced comprehensive brochures detailing the application and approval process, fees, site and design considerations and ongoing maintenance requirements for their specific localities. But you’ll find that the approval process and criteria differs city by city, so always try to obtain local information.
Apart from the Department of Transportation, other common city departments that control parklet programs are the Bureau of Planning, Office of Strategic Planning, Department of Public Works, Office of Planning, and Bureau of Transportation. If you are struggling to find information about parklets in your area, we suggest starting with any one of these local departments.
When searching for local information, be aware that public parklets are sometimes referred to as Walklets, Pedestrian Plazas, Curbside Seating, Street Seats (NYC and Portland), and People Spots (Chicago).