So, you’ve made the decision to install a parklet. You’ve got an idea of what you would like included in your expanded outdoor dining space and what is going to be the best fit to provide increased capacity at your venue. The next step is working with your local council on approving your design and applying for your permits. But what is going to be the best option for you and your business?
Each council has their own specific rules and requirements in place for what must be included in your parklet to make it safe and compliant for use, and the same goes for their permit systems – so your first point of call should always be to your local council.
There are two main types of permits you can apply for
This permit gives the option to renew your permit annually. The annual permit is great for those businesses who are looking to take out a parklet permit for a number of years and are willing to invest in the materials and design of the parklet. A long term parklet is often created by re-purposing parking bays adjacent to the venue but can also be installed on the footpath area. Commonly, an annual parklet has more permanent pre-requisites for council approval, such a deck structures, fixed furniture, concrete bollards and plants or greenery.
The other is a seasonal permit, which is aimed at businesses who are wishing to operate with a parklet only for the warmer months, or initially trial the effectiveness of a parklet to move to an annual permit if the trial is successful.
A seasonal permit may not have the same requirements as an annual permit. Some councils have offered to supply barriers or bollards themselves to their local businesses, so they can trial the set up before moving to a permanent parklet. Other councils expect the same high level of design and construction in your parklet, whether it is intended for short- or long-term use.
Which ever permit you choose to go with, it is recommended that the design of the parklet is built to last, withstand the outdoor elements, and have the ability to be dismantled and reassembled the following year if they so wish.
In the event of a parklet needing to be removed temporarily for whatever reason, (e.g. emergency roadworks or road access) having a parklet that can be dismantled and reassembled is crucial. If a parklet is built with quick or cheaper methods, this will not be possible and a full re-build of your parklet may be required – at the owner’s expense! Be sure to check with your council what their process is with providing notice in such situations.
The parklet systems on offer at Events 720 are a modular design and made to measure for your outdoor dining site. It is mostly, if not all built offsite at our factory and then securely screwed together in place during installation onsite. This means a quicker install time as the build has already taken place offsite, but the big winner in the type of parklet we offer, is it can be completely dismantled and stored for future use. Meaning if you are opting to go for a seasonal parklet permit, it can be packed up, stored and re-assembled for the next season of outdoor dining. If you are opting for an all-round annual parklet, knowing you are installing a parklet that is solid and built to last is going to give you peace of mind in your investment. A well designed and built parklet will add vibrancy and interest to your venue and provide an exclusive space for patrons to enjoy what your business has to offer.
There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to selecting which permit is going to work best for your business, its about being informed with what is on offer through your local council, and then taking the steps with whichever is the better option for you.
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