Parklet program

close up of rediscover yarra bollard near outdoor dining space 

After the success of our outdoor dining parklets since October 2020, we have developed a Parklet Program to allow parklets on a permanent basis in Yarra. 

Originally created to support local businesses during COVID-19 restrictions in 2020, the Parklet Program allows eligible hospitality businesses to offer outdoor dining in on-street car parking bays directly outside of their business, or the neighbouring business with permission. 

Parklet Policy and Design Guidelines

Before you apply for an outdoor dining parklet, please read the Parklet Policy and Design Guidelines

Additionally, if you wish to install your parklet on a road space where trams operate, you must read Yarra Tram's installation guidelines. Your parklet design and must be submitted to Yarra Trams for approval. 

Apply for a parklet

If your business is interested in having an outdoor dining parklet, please complete the below enquiry form. 

Submit a parklet enquiry

Please note: this is not an application form. Once you complete this enquiry form, a Yarra Council officer will contact you to discuss the next steps. 

Fees 

There are no fees for parklets until 1 July 2022

There are two components to parklet fees. 

Firstly, there is an application and inspection fee. This is a flat rate of $275 that each parklet application is required to pay no matter the location or size of the parklet. This fee does not come into effect until 1 July 2022.

The second component is a tiered fee structure of which all eligible streets fall under:

  • Primary streets – for example Brunswick Street, Smith Street and Gertrude Street
  • Secondary Streets – any street that has paid parking on it, that isn’t a primary street
  • Neighbourhood Streets – any eligible street, that is not a primary or secondary street

The tables below outline what you will be charged per car parking bay (or equivalent sized space) in the first two years of the program.

Year 1 parklet fees (1 November 2021 to 30 September 2022)

A 25% discount and a 8-month waiver has been applied to year 1 fees.   

Street type Application and inspection fee 'Summer' permit fee (1 November  to
31 March)
Annual permit fee (1 November to 30 September) Average cost per day
Primary $0 $0 $937.50 $2.57
Secondary $0 $0 $562.50 $1.54
Neighbourhood $0 $0 $417.38 $1.14

 

Year 2 parklet fees (1 October 2022 to 30 September 2023)

Street type Per bay fee, per year Application and inspection fee 'Summer' permit fee (1 October to 31 March) 12 month permit fee (1 October to 30 September) Average cost per day for annual fee
Primary $5,000 $275 $2,775 $5,275 $14.45
Secondary $3,000 $275 $1,775 $3,275 $8.97
Neighbourhood $2,250 $275 $1,400 $2,525 $6.92

 

Installation 

Hire or buy 

If your application to operate a parklet is successful, you will need to hire or buy the parklet infrastructure, and pay for its installation, in addition to the permit and parking bay hire fees. 

You will be able to select from the following options for your parklet infrastructure: 

  1. Purchase or hire Parklet infrastructure from a readymade parklet company and self-maintain the parklet. 
  2. Build your own parklet subject to comply with parklet technical specifications and Yarra Council approval. Note: there will be additional assessment timeframes, to review the designs and provide comments, while ensuring the structure meets any requirements of a road safety audit. 

If you have an existing approved parklet installed, your supplier or contractor will need to ensure the installation and that the parklet infrastructure adheres to the current technical design specifications for parklets. 

Readymade or build-your-own parklet

It is at your discretion to choose between building your own parklet or using a readymade parklet (either way it must comply with our Parklet Design Guidelines).

Yarra Council does not endorse or recommend any specific suppliers, but some examples of readymade parklet providers include:

 Of course, there are many other companies to choose from if you wish to hire or buy a readymade parklet. 

Greening your parklet 

Parklet operators are encouraged to 'green' their parklet wherever possible. Below are some companies that can help you plant and maintain your planter boxes: 

Frequently asked questions