What you need to know

Autumn Parklet Program

With the success of the initial Summer Parklet Program, we are providing a second opportunity for local hospitality businesses to get involved. A second round of Expressions of Interest is now open, whereby hospitality businesses can apply to have a parklet installed outside their business. Selection will be based on the criteria listed below. If successful, parklet will be provided free of charge. We are aiming to increase outdoor dining opportunities and provide a safe, socially distanced environment within which businesses can operate.

What is a Parklet?

Parklets are car parking spaces that are temporarily transforming into places to meet, eat and relax with outdoor seating and greenery.

Food businesses can use them to extend their outdoor dining options.

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Artist’s impression of parklet – designs may vary

Current Moonee Valley parklet locations

Who can host a Parklet?

Hospitality businesses are encouraged to apply who may benefit from hosting a parklet space
Applicant should be an existing Council registered hospitality business
Two businesses may decide to share Parklet space and apply for 2 car parking spaces
There are a limited number of Parklets available for the Autumn expression of interest period.
For more information on eligibility, please see our guidelines below.

When are the Parklets available?

Parklets will be installed in early Autumn, exact dates will be determined based on level of interest in the program and number of successful applicants.
A limited number of parklets are available. Autumn parklets may operate up until 1 July 2021.


There are no fees. However, there is an agreement that successful Parklet applicants need to sign, including agreement on use maintenance and duration of the installation.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest should be lodged before 5pm, Friday 12 February 2021.
Applications will be reviewed and go through an assessment process, we will inform business if they have or have not been successful. Construction and installation of all Parklets is anticipated to take 30 business days, however, this is dependent on any permits or restrictions.
Expressions of Interest will be assessed under our Application Criteria, plus a road safety audit and site assessment.

Frequently asked questions

Parklets are repurposed car parking spaces designed to create new spaces for community through the provision of seating, greenery and bike parking facilities. This includes the opportunity for businesses to extend seating and offer outdoor dining options.

The Autumn Parklet Program is being offered to hospitality businesses affected by Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing requirements. The parklets are free, but limited in number.

The Autumn Parklet Program will run 1 July 2021. Council is open to shorter periods as well, as this will enable us to provide the parklet to another business. If you want the parklet for less time, please include this on your application.

If your business is selected to be a parklet host, you will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the parklet. You will need to sign up to conduct a monthly host maintenance checklist.

The parklet will be for customers. However, just like the footpath, it is public space and everyone is welcome to come 'in' to your parklet.

Council will provide successful parklet applicants with a standard set up, including built-in bench seating and vegetation. Businesses may use their own furniture, and it is anticipated that state government grants will be available to businesses for the purchase of additional furnishings.

If this is the situation for your business, we encourage you to talk to a neighbouring business that has a more suitable site and ask for a letter/email of support for siting your parklet outside their business premises. You will still be responsible for the maintenance of the parklet.

Council can provide information on parklets to support you in discussions that you may have with your neighbours. This information will be available on Council's Autumn Parklet Program website. You may wish to consider if you can negotiate with a neighbour and suggest a shorter installation period. Depending on demand, we may be able to arrange a phone call with your neighbouring businesses if they agree to it.

The parklets are supported by the State Government's Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package.

Yes - two businesses may apply for parklets that are adjacent to each other, noting the parklet siting guidelines will need to apply to each space. This may be one shared space, or two that are side by side. The space within all parklets has to comply with social distancing requirements.

Council is willing to consider road closures, however they are outside the scope of the Autumn Parklet Program. Please contact business@mvcc.vic.gov.au or phone 9243 8866 to discuss this possibility with Council.

Council is willing to look at alternatives that assist businesses to rebound from Covid-19. If you have an idea that is outside of the scope of the Autumn Parklet Program, please contact business@mvcc.vic.gov.au or phone 9243 8866 to discuss what options may be available to you.

The parklets are designed to be easily installed and easily removed. If you are not happy with the parklet you will need to advise Council in writing and the parklet will be removed. You would not be eligible for any further parklet funding from Council.

The Autumn Parklet Program will conclude and Council will arrange for removal of the parklet. However, should your business be interested in keeping the parklet, Council will work with you and nearby businesses to consider an extension. If granted, at this point Council would require a fee from the business to cover transfer of ownership of the parklet to you. Any fees that are waived as part of the Autumn Parklet Program (e.g. public liability insurance) will no longer be waived after 1 July 2021. At this stage, the on-going costs are still being determined.

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.

Guidelines and considerations for hosting a Parklet

Your Parklet proposal will need to be safe and functional. The following are general guidelines:

  • Parklet will be located adjacent, or in close proximity, to your business or venue and may occupy one parking space. You must obtain the written support of business or resident the parklet is adjacent to.
  • Parklets should be placed where kerbside parking is permitted i.e. avoid No Stopping or Clearway areas.
  • The removal of special parking zones, such as disabled, bus, loading or taxi, will generally not be supported.
  • Parklets cannot be placed near intersections of any kind, to ensure there are no negative impacts to road users. Safe distances from intersections will be assessed on a site-by-site basis.
  • Preference will be given to Parklets that are not adjacent to underground services or drains, as well as existing street furniture/items such as fire hydrants.
  • Parklets will be located where appropriate traffic calming measures are in place, on roads 50kph (or lower), and on Council-managed (local) roads.
  • Parklets will remain public infrastructure and as such are not to include business logos or private advertising signage.
  • Business applicants in Essendon North and Union Road, Ascot Vale must provide a letter of support from their respective trader association.

Note: Expressions of Interest have been assessed under our Application Criteria plus a road safety audit and site assessment. Expressions of Interest will be assessed on a case by case basis using these criteria.

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Contact us

Get in touch with us via email business@mvcc.vic.gov.au or phone 9243 8866 and we can help determine whether your location meets site requirements.

Moonee Valley City Council will share the design and schedule the installation in consultation with you. The parklet host will need to ensure ongoing safety and cleanliness is maintained and understand that parklets are public space.