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 180, 921 (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
Approved Parklets (map)
- 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:SF Public Works • Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor • San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone : (415) 554-5810 • Monday-Friday
Operating Hours : 8:00am-5:00pm
Permit Processing Hours : 7:30am-4:00pm firstname.lastname@example.org