San Francisco’s streets and public right-of-way make up 25% of the City’s land area, more space than all the park area combined. Many of our streets are excessively wide and contain large zones of underutilized space. In an effort to reclaim this space, San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks program was created. This program, a collaborative effort between the Planning Department, Public Works, Municipal Transportation Agency and Mayor’s Office, seeks to temporarily regain these unused swathes of land by quickly and inexpensively turn them into parklets.
Installing a parklet is one way to activate the space in public right-of-way as part of the Better Streets Plan. Parklets provide an economical solution to the desire and need for wider sidewalks and are intended to provide space for the general public to sit and enjoy the space despite narrow sidewalks.
Parklets are intended as sidewalk/street furniture, providing aesthetic elements to the overall streetscape. Public Works Code Article 16, Section 810B governs the installation of sidewalk landscaping. Public Works Order 183,392 (pdf) provides detailed implementation guidelines for approval and installation consistent with the sidewalk landscaping program and accessibility.
Parklet permits will first be evaluated by City Planning, SFMTA and Public Works for compliance and the posting of a Public Notice of Intent. If no objections are received to the Notice, the application is then routed to Public Works for final review and approval. An overview of the goals, policies, process and procedures is available in the San Francisco Parklets Manual.
Who is eligible to apply?
Community Benefit Districts (CBDs)
Ground floor business owners
Non-profit and community organizations
Fronting property owners
Other applicants may be considered on a case by case basis.
Parklet permit application form.
A fee payable by cash, check or VISA/MC only to Public Works. (See fee schedule)
A letter requesting the parklet
Parklet Plans: Three sets of plans to scale (see checklist below). Parklet on a street grade greater than 5.0% and in a zone greater than 25-mph shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Parklets may not be installed in front of a fire hydrant, over a manhole or public utility valve/cover and may not be bolted to the roadway. All parklet designs shall comply with Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines .
Letters of support from adjacent properties/business owners
Provide a 24/7 contact if there is an emergency and the parklet needs to be removed within two hours for access.
Fill out a street improvement permit application for the installation and inspection. The Parklet permit is grants permission for the use of the right-of-way.
Elements being proposed to be placed on the parklet; (e.g. tables & chairs, benches, planters/landscaping, bicycle parking, etc.)
A description of how the proposed parklet meets each of the criteria set forth in Section V
Amandeep Jawa - 937 VALENCIA ST
Arizmendi Bakery - 1331 09TH AVE
Arlequin Cafe - 384 HAYES ST
Blue Fig Cafe - 988 VALENCIA ST
Brainwash, Inc. - 1122 FOLSOM ST
Butter - 354 11TH ST
Cafe Abir - 1300 FULTON ST
Cafe Seventy8 - 78 29TH ST
Caffe Greco - 423 COLUMBUS AVE
Caffe Roma Coffee Roasting Company - 526 COLUMBUS AVE
Dante's Table - 544 CASTRO ST
Darwin Cafe - 212 RITCH ST
Devil's Teeth Baking Company - 3876 NORIEGA ST
DNA Pizza - 371 11TH ST
Durso's - 236 TOWNSEND ST
EHS Pilates - 1452 VALENCIA ST
Excelsior Action Group - 4754 MISSION ST
Fabric 8 - 3318 22ND ST
Farley's - 1315 18TH ST
Farm Table LLC - 754 POST ST
Four Barrell Coffee LLC - 375 VALENCIA ST
Freewheel Bike Shop - 914 VALENCIA ST
Haight Street Market - 1530 HAIGHT ST
Hotel Whitcomb - 1231 MARKET ST
Jebena - 994 POLK ST
Just for Fun - 3982 24TH ST
Just for You Cafe, Inc. - 732 22ND ST
Magnolia Pub & Brewery - 1392 HAIGHT ST
Martha Brothers - 3868 24TH ST
Mercury Cafe - 201 OCTAVIA ST
Mojo Bicycle Cafe - 639 DIVISADERO ST
Morrocan Resturant - 533 JONES ST
Nile Cafe - 544 JONES ST
Outerlands Cafe - 4001 JUDAH ST
Pizzeria Due, LLC dba: Delfina - 2410 CALIFORNIA ST
Quetzal Cafe - 1234 POLK ST
Ralpha Cycle Club - 2198 FILBERT ST
Sandbox Bakery - 903 CORTLAND AVE
Simple Pleasures Cafe - 3434 BALBOA ST
Squat & Gooble - 2263 Chestnut St 3600 16TH ST
Squat & Gobble Cafe #1 & #2 - 3600 16TH ST
The Crepe House - 1755 POLK ST
The Crepe House 3 - 1132 VALENCIA ST
The Dancing Pig - 544 CASTRO ST
Tonys Pizza Napoletana - 1570 STOCKTON ST
Trouble Coffee - 4033 JUDAH ST
Trouble Coffee - 1730 YOSEMITE ST
For more information or clarification on any of the permit requirements, please contact us at:
San Francisco Public Works • Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor • San Francisco, CA 94103 • Map
Telephone : (415) 554-5810 Fax: (415) 554-6161
Office Hours : 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday, except official holidays
Note: all cash and check transactions must be submitted before 4:00 p.m.