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Parklet design guidance

Our parklet should be designed to provide the widest possible benefit to the people who might use it. We would like to encourage creative approaches and would invite you to be as innovative as possible.

You have an area of approximately 4.5 x 2.5 metres that can be used for your community parklet. Many parklets include planters, seating, notice boards, games or bike parking. The choice is yours.


For successful proposals, we will provide and install 2 PlantLocks at either end of the parking space that you will be using. These sturdy planters are bolted into the carriageway and will provide 4 bike parking spaces.

You will be responsible for filling them with soil, plants and their upkeep during the life of your parklet. The space between the PlantLocks (approx 4.5 x 2.5 metres) is yours to fill with whatever you can imagine, providing the design is approved by the Council.

It may be possible to dispense with the Plantlocks, if your design includes a solid feature with sufficient height at each end of the parking space you are using.

Public liability insurance

You will need public liability insurance that covers you, as the parklet keeper, for up to £5 million of third party claims. There are many providers of this type of insurance. You don’t need this cover to make your initial application, but you should plan to get it in the event your application is shortlisted.

Basic guidelines

Your parklet will be on the public highway and will have to follow certain basic guidelines.


  • make your parklet welcoming and comfortable for all members of the public
  • think about how people with mobility issues will be able to use the parklet
  • use materials that are:
    • weather resistant
    • sturdy
    • recycled/reusable where possible
  • plan to complete the installation in one day
  • consider how people will get on and off your parklet and where they will be walking past
  • think about the back (roadside) of your parklet and design to deter people from wandering or tripping into the road
  • consider how it will be kept clean and maintained
  • provide for litter if people will be spending time there, eg if you will be installing seating
  • consider the potential for anti-social behaviour when thinking about your design (we can help with this)
  • design a parklet that can be moved in the event of roadworks, or at the end of its life


  • do anything that blocks the pavement or causes a trip hazard
  • use things that could be blown away or into the road
  • block the flow of water along the kerb edge or block/cover any drains
  • permanently mark or disfigure the site
  • propose anything that requires electricity
  • propose anything that is commercial activity
  • propose designs that involve soil resting on the road – all soil must be contained in a something with a base and must be capable of being moved if necessary

Read our parklets FAQs


Once you have a clear idea what you would like to do you are ready to make your in initial application.

Remember to:

Discuss with your neighbours and get their support

Speak to as many people as possible who live near the proposed site and include those on the opposite side of the street. Tell them what you are planning and perhaps have a rough drawing to show.

The more support you get, the greater the chance of your proposal going forward.

Let people know that they can respond confidentially to and / or add their names to your letter of support, which needs to be sent in with your initial application.

Post notices on your street to let people know you have applied

Make at least 3 copies of the notice template and fasten them to the nearest sign post or lamp column on either side of your proposed site and at one position on the opposite side of the street.

They should be in place for a minimum of 2 weeks from the date of your application. They need to be in plastic sleeves or weather-proofed in some other way.

If you have any questions, email:

Page updated on: 18 June 2019