Step by step

Decide if a Shared Spaces permit works for your space

Learn about the options and responsibilities of Shared Spaces permits.

Follow these instructions to decide if a Shared Spaces permit is a good decision for your organization or business.



Check our permit types and options for new Shared Spaces 

If you are applying for a new Shared Spaces permit, check our permit types and options. 

We offer Shared Spaces permits for 4 different kinds of spaces: 

  • Sidewalk 
  • Curb lane 
  • Lots 
  • Street closures 

Learn about the types of Shared Spaces

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Check our rules about where you can have a Shared Space

You cannot have Shared Spaces on all sidewalks or parking lanes.  

Follow our updated design guidelines and rules to apply. 

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Read your Shared Spaces responsibilities

You must agree to our legal responsibilities to get a Shared Spaces permit. 

Read your Shared Spaces responsibilities 

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Design your Shared Space

For the permanent program, we will require site plans of your proposed Shared Space. Follow our instructions to design a site plan that meets our rules. 

Your plans must meet: 

  • Public Works code 
  • Transportation code 
  • Fire code 
  • Planning code 

Design your sidewalk Shared Space

Design your parklet or parking lane Shared Space

Design your roadway Shared Space

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Make your space accessible

Follow our instructions in the Shared Spaces manual to make sure your space is accessible. 

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Check what related permits you need

You need other permits for outdoor entertainment, propane heaters, alcohol sales, and other activities.

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Get your Shared Spaces permit

Once you decide you want to apply for a Shared Spaces permit, follow these steps to prepare your application, apply, and get your issued permit. 

Get a Shared Spaces permit for your sidewalk or parklet 

Close the street to traffic temporarily

Use private property for your business

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Last updated April 20, 2023