Parklets

    What are parklets?

    Parklets are re-purposed parking bays designed to create spaces for people to use (instead of cars) for pedestrian activity. In the City of Maribyrnong this will include repurposing parking bays to include seating for dining areas and such things as greenery and potentially bike parking facilities. With many residents still working from home car spaces are not being used as frequently, so bays re-imagined as a pedestrian space provide a greater return to our city.



    Why are parklets a benefit to the community?

    They enable expanded dining opportunities in the City of Maribyrnong for eligible and participating restaurants and cafes. This is particularly important as the ‘new normal’ in a COVID-19 environment requires that we remain 1.5 metres apart.

    They provide the capacity for increased trading that helps boost businesses financially and gives the community increased opportunities to interact.

    Benefits to the local community

    ·Provision of public amenity at no cost to traders 

    ·Pedestrian activation of vehicle dominated public space

    ·Foster neighbourhood interaction

    ·Prioritise and promote sustainable transport

    • Help activate streets and the perception of safety
    • Test public appetite for further street intervention

    Benefits to the host 

    ·Opportunity to extend seating and offer outdoor dining options

    ·Heightened visibility and street presence



    How long will parklets be installed?

    The parklets will be installed for six  months on a trial basis with the possibility of extension.

    What happens after 6 months?

    Following your feedback we will re-evaluate the trail considering opportunities for businesses to extend the use. If a particular parklet could become permanent we would consult with neighbours first. Local laws and planning permit conditions would also need to be met.

    Following community consultation and council evaluation a business can negotiate with council for a temporary extension of use and/or outright purchase of the parklet (subject to local laws and planning permit conditions). Any fees that are waived as part of the trial (e.g. public liability insurance) will no longer be waived at the end of the 3 months. At this stage, the on-going costs are still being determined.

    How can I provide feedback on the parklets?

    Please feel free to complete the community survey here on our online Community Engagement page on outdoor dining initiative. and place up any ideas on the virtual ideas wall and put a pin on the location areas you would love to see more or send comments to xxx

    Following your feedback we will re-evaluate the trail considering opportunities for businesses to extend the use. If a particular parklet could become permanent we would consult with neighbours first. Local laws and planning permit conditions would also need to be met.

    Who pays for and installs the parklets?

    Acknowledging the loss of revenue for our local hospitality venues, the Parklets for this trial are procured and installed by council at no cost to the local business. There is also no cost to Council thanks to the support from the Victorian State Government Outdoor Activation LGA grants. Parklets will be returned to Council at the completion of the trial.

    Where will the parklets be located?

    22 locations have been chosen across the City following application by local traders. Applications were required to demonstrate support from  neighbours and businesses and sites had to meet a number of criteria, including passing a Road Safety Audit and being supported by a COVID-19Safe Plan. A map of the locations can be found xxxx

    How were the locations of the parklets decided?

    An expressions of interest process for the parklet trial was held in August 2020. Council received 41 applications which were shortlisted against eligibility criteria to ensures a safe and equitable distribution of the parklets across the city. A Road Safety Audit by an independent auditor was required and traders had to demonstrate support from their neighbours

    A parklet can only be located in designated parking spaces that is:

    • on a street with a speed limit of 50km/hr or less
    • on a street with a straight road geometry ensuring uninhabited view lines for drivers
    • parallel or 90 degrees (angled parking may be considered)
    • on streets which is not owned by VicRoads
    • on streets which are not clearways
    • more than 10m from an intersection
    • more than 20m from a signalled intersection
    • a minimum of one parking space away from an intersection on the approach side and does not have utility access panels or storm drains within the parking space.

    Additionally priority is given to submissions which demonstrate 

    • evidence of collaboration/mutual benefit/support and shared use with neighbours
    • a well pedestrianised streetscape that makes them practical and most likely to meet success
    • amenity, safety and site-specific conditions such as impacts on residents, access for pedestrians, residents and essential vehicles.
    • NOTE: The availability of adequate surplus parking has been considered in the selection of locations for this trial

    Can private proposals for parklets be considered?

    Yes. Proposals from traders who wish to build and install their own Parklets on Council land are to be considered on a case by case basis taking into consideration amenity, safety and site-specific conditions such as impacts on residents, as well as the need to maintain social distancing and provide ease of access for pedestrians and essential vehicles. Please email cd@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au


    What about disability access?

    All parklets will meet standard accessibility requirements.

    How is this program being funded?

    Parklets have been funded by Victorian State Government Outdoor Activation - Local Government Grants Program

    Are parklets safe?

    A road safety audit is undertaken on all parklet locations. Based on the audit a range of protective barriers are recommended to safeguard diners. In addition to road barriers, chevron signage, soft hit posts and reflective tape are applied along the edges of the parklet platform. Unless there is significant setback, Parklets can only be installed on council roads which have speed limits not exceeding 50km p/hr.

    How long is the trial?

    6 months – with possibility of extension as long as there is evidence of strong community support.

    Will fixed furniture be provided as part of the parklet?

    To provide economies of scale the Parklets will be simple designs - barriers, flooring and some edging for seating. The trader will be responsible for the supply and configuration of the parklet furniture within (i.e. seating, tables, umbrellas). Should the parklet be utilised in the evenings traders will also be responsible for adequate lighting.

    Does my business have exclusive use of the parklet?

    The host business has priority use of the parklet for its customers during business hours, however the host must work with surrounding business and local residents to accommodate shared use where practical. Just like the footpath, it is public space and everyone is welcome to come ‘in’ to your parklet.

    Will there be future rounds of applications? And, will I need to apply again?

    If there is strong ongoing demand for parklets, Council will seek funding to expand the trial Program. Any unsuccessful expressions of interest will be kept for consideration in any future rounds that may be developed. Please check our website regularly for updates. Sign up to the Business Bulletin for further updates.

    What if I don’t want to have parklets near my business?

    Council strongly encourages businesses to support each other, and with many trading restrictions in place as part of Victoria’s Roadmap for Reopening, the best support we can give to some businesses is allowing them more outdoor trading space. Remember this is a temporary program. Council will evaluate the impact of the program, so it will also produce valuable data to inform future decisions about initiatives like this. However, Council is looking to provide parklets for businesses that have their neighbours’ support. If there is opposition to parklets, we are not looking to force a parklet into a space. If you don’t like the idea of a parklet, but do want to support outdoor trading, consider other options – for example, agreeing to extended footpath trading for a nearby business.

    What if several neighbouring businesses want parklets? Can we expand to a temporary road closure?

    Council is willing to consider road closures, however they are outside the scope of the Summer Parklet Program. Please contact: cd@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

    What if I want to build and install my own parklet?

    Council welcomes proposals from traders who missed out on the trial and wish to build and install their own Parklets at their own expense. The design must meet the road safety requirements and be reviewed by Council. Similar to the trial parklet program, applicants should also provide evidence of the support of their neighbours. Council will assist you with regulatory processes, as per the funded Parklets and provide simple barriers (concrete blocks) in support. Note: Council can provide information on design and siting considerations to assist with this process. Please email cd@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

    What about liquor licencing?

    • You will need to vary an existing licence for extended areas.
    • We will help you fast-track your liquor licence, by providing a letter of permission that can be passed on the VCGLR along with your permit.

    Who covers the insurance?

    As council owned property council PLI will cover the insurance of the parklet for the duration of the trial.  

    What if the parklet is vandalised?

    Traders who are selected for the trial must monitor the parklet during business hours, ensuring adequate and regular cleaning, and immediately report any damage to council.

    Will removal of bays impact business by taking away parking?

    We know how important car parking can be for your business. It is important that we maintain a balance of parking and access for retailers and services providers, customers and staff within your precincts. All approved parklet locations (and future applications) have to demonstrate consultation and letters of support from neighbouring business to meet approval. The availability of adequate surplus parking has been considered in the selection of locations for this trial.  

    Will I be able to leave out my furniture overnight?

    No, all furniture will need to be taken inside, just like any other furniture you may have had on the street. Please note: The business must consider safety risks associated with indoor storage of Planter boxes and gas equipment.

    What happens after 6 months?

    Following community consultation and council evaluation a business can negotiate with council for a temporary extension of use and/or outright purchase of the parklet (subject to local laws and planning permit conditions). Any fees that are waived as part of the trial (e.g. public liability insurance) will no longer be waived at the end of the 6 months. At this stage, the on-going costs are still being determined.

Out door dining – temporary closure of streets/ laneways

    What does the temporary closure of streets/laneways for outdoor dining mean?

    Council may consider temporary part or full street closures to provide opportunity for adjacent restaurants and cafes to expand their outdoor dining services. All outdoor requirements need to meet State Government health directives. For more information please visit our website.

    How does this initiative benefit the community?

    It enables expanded dining opportunities in the City of Maribyrnong for eligible and participating restaurants and cafes. This is particularly important as the ‘new normal’ in a COVID-19 environment requires that we remain 1.5 metres apart.

    They provide the capacity for increased trading that helps boost businesses financially and gives the community increased opportunities to interact.


    For how long will this initiative be in place?

    The initiative is expected to be in place for about six months.

    How safe is the initiative?

    A road safety audit is undertaken on all locations. Based on the audit a range of protective barriers are recommended for the closure of the street/laneway to safeguard diners. In addition to road barriers, chevron signage and other options will be put in place for added protection.

    How can I provide feedback?

    Please feel free to complete the community survey here on our online Community Engagement page and place up any ideas on the virtual ideas wall and put a pin on the location areas you would love to see more.

Footpath dining

    What is extended footpath dining?

    This is where businesses extend onto the footpath outside their premises. A permit is required.

    Why is extended footpath dining a benefit to the community?

    They enable expanded dining opportunities in the City of Maribyrnong for eligible and participating restaurants and cafes. This is particularly important as the ‘new normal’ in a COVID-19 environment requires that we remain 1.5 meters apart.

    They provide the capacity for increased trading that helps boost businesses financially and gives the community increased opportunities to interact.

    How can I provide feedback on extended footpath dining?

    Please feel free to complete the community survey here on our online Community Engagement page and place up any ideas on the virtual ideas wall and put a pin on the location areas you would love to see more.

General Questions

    How is this program being funded?

    Parklets have been funded by Victorian State Government Outdoor Activation - Local Government Grants Program

    How much has this initiative cost?

    There has been no cost to Council for the parklet initiative.  Funds for this have come from State Government.


    Can general traders expand their footprint?

    The State Government directive is focused on the hospitality industry at present. Questions about general trading should be directed to Council’s Business Unit at XXX

    Where can I find more information?

    More information is available on Council’s website www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au or email email@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au