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When Imagination Goes Public

Parklet Program during COVID-19

In an effort to support neighborhood activity and local businesses, Mayor Breed has announced the Shared Spaces Program. While this program is external and independent from the Parklet Program, it can complement and create additional space for neighborhood retail activity on blocks and corridors that currently host parklets as well.

Please see the FAQ we’ve put together focused on Parklet hosts and contact us if you have further questions or suggestions for this or other City programs.

Read FAQ Handout  

What are parklets?

Parklets repurpose part of the street next to the sidewalk into a public space for people. These small parks provide amenities like seating, planting, bicycle parking, and art. While they are funded and maintained by neighboring businesses, residents, and community organizations, they are publicly accessible and open to all. Parklets reflect the diversity and creativity of the people and organizations who sponsor and design them. They also reflect the City’s commitment to encouraging walking, bicycling, and strengthening our communities.

Where are parklets located?

Most parklets are located on neighborhood commercial streets where there are lots of pedestrians and street activity. Parklets always occupy the parking lane and are typically 1-2 parking stalls in length.

Who can build or sponsor a parklet?

Proposals to build and sponsor a parklet come from a diverse range of community stakeholders, including small businesses, community organizations, schools, and residents. Don’t worry if you don’t fit into one of these categories–we’re always open to good ideas from unlikely sources!

How much does it cost?

The parklet sponsor is responsible for all design, construction, and permitting costs. The parklet budget should account for these costs, as well as ongoing maintenance costs, including regular cleaning, graffiti abatement, repairs, etc. Intake and permitting fees for parklets are collected at different points in the approval process. Total fees for each stage may vary depending on the number of parking meters or color curb changes impacted by the parklet. All fees are collected by Public Works. Please do not submit payment of any fees until invited to do so. Download the latest Parklet Fee Schedule here.

How can I apply to build a parklet?

There are three phases involved in becoming a parklet sponsor:

Proposal 1. Proposal

Your proposal will include information about the proposed location and evidence of community support. The Parklet Team will review your proposal for completeness and feasibility.

Design and Permitting 2. Design & Permitting

The Parklet Team will review your design to make sure your proposed parklet meets all the necessary safety and accessibility requirements. Once the design is approved, you’ll apply for your parklet permit.

Construction 3. Construction

After the parklet permit is issued, you may construct and install your parklet. There will be a site inspection prior to and after construction. Be sure to have an ongoing maintenance plan. Enjoy your parklet!

What are the impacts of parklets?

“A Look at the Human Impact of Parklets” is a study that shows the impacts of parklets in San Francisco.

See the Study  

Prepare and submit your parklet proposal.

San Francisco Parklet Manual

The San Francisco Parklet Manual is the one stop shop for all your parklet questions—in fact, it’s required reading for all parklet sponsors! Download it here and read it thoroughly before submitting your parklet proposal.

Download Manual   38 MB


Take a look at the overall process for proposing, designing, and installing your parklet. Download the Parklet-O-Matic here!

Download Infographic   5 MB

Submit Parklet Proposal

You’ve gone through the Parklet Proposal checklist and read the Parklet Manual. Now you have all of your materials ready to submit your proposal. Great work, now…

Submit Parklet Proposal  




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