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We are now collating all of the feedback we received and will prepare a report to be made publicly available.


We're updating our Business Parklet Guidelines to improve our existing and future business parklets.

Business parklets are a well-established method of activating public spaces in Australia and overseas. In September 2020, Council started to allow businesses to trial the expansion of their outdoor dining with a range of outdoor activations. This was a response to the adverse impacts COVID-19 was having on local businesses and the increased pressure being placed on public outdoor spaces. Through its endorsement of the Outdoor Trading (Dining) Policy, Version 2 October 2022 in November 2022, Council has now formalised parklets as part of our municipality.

The previous business parklet guidelines have been revised to incorporate the outcomes of the Policy and we are now seeking feedback.

The key areas in which these guidelines differ from the previous version are:

  1. Increased focus on ensuring all parklet structures meet accessibility requirements and are Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant.
  2. Changes to the permitted numbers of parking bays permitted for Ormond Road, Elwood (between Beach and Pine Aves) from 10 to 8 and Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea from 8 to 6 (both reflect current status).
  3. Clarification to the consent required from adjoining businesses/residents and the ability for Council to proceed without it should the positive outcomes to the street warrant this.
  4. Strengthening of requirement that any unused parklets must be made available for public use and promoted accordingly – this applies where parklets are empty during the day, not utilised 7 days a week or in cases where they’re empty at night in a busy night-time economy.
  5. Greater focus on ensuring good design outcomes and the ability to revoke permits or reject applications where this is not the case.
  6. Clarification of compliance measures and lining up to the Local Law
  7. Clarification of what’s permittable in terms of ‘roof’ type structures and wall heights

We would like your feedback on the Draft Business Parklet Guidelines.

Complete the survey by midnight Sunday 19 February 2023.