Parklet Application Process
As part of our planning and preparation for the post-COVID-19 State of Emergency period, the City of Annapolis is allowing businesses the opportunity to lease public parking spaces to create seasonal parklets.
If you are interested in a seasonal lease, please start by filling out this Parklet Request Form.
2023 Executed Leases
For more information on the parklet program, please review the following document:
Please also note that an executed lease and full payment to the City's Department of Finance will be required prior to any parking spaces being occupied by restaurants.
Along with your business and contact information, you will need to include the following information:
- Period through which you propose to lease the parklet (three month to six month lease)
- Number of parking spaces to be leased (two space maximum on public streets)
- Space number (if relevant)
- Closest street address
- Photo of the parking space/s where parklet is proposed
- Site map or drawing of site with measurements
- Provide FMO certification of flame retardant application for all tents and umbrellas demonstrating compliance with NFPA 1 and/or NFPA 701
Daily Lease Rate
Application Review Process
Your application will be reviewed by the following offices and departments:
- Department of Public Works
- Department of Planning and Zoning
- Office of the Fire Marshal (see requirements below)
- Office of Law
- Other departments as relevant
If your request is approved by the aforementioned City departments a lease will be drafted. A standard lease template has been approved by the City Council via O-16-22. For further information, View a Standard Parklet Sample Lease. Individual leases will be approved administratively.
Historic Preservation Review
Restaurants located in the historic district will need final approval through a Historic Preservation Commission Administrative Approval from the Historic Preservation Commission and must follow Outdoor Furniture Guidelines.
Previous Seasonal Parklet Program participants will have their renewal requests automatically voted on at the May 5, Liquor Board meeting and do not have to reapply for an alcohol license.
If you are interested in serving alcohol in your parklet, an updated Alcohol Beverage Control Board license is required to expand the footprint of your existing license.
To obtain this approval, please submit a letter addressed to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for seasonal usage of the outside designated area, the letter to the Board should includes:
- Site plan of the outside dining area (8x11)
- Plan to prevent the service of alcohol to minors
- Specific dates and hours that the designated area will be used for outside dining
- Permission from the owner of the designated parking lot if not owned by the applicant (PILOT Parking Lot Program participants only)
Letters can be sent via email to Cyndi Gaines, Deputy Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tents & Umbrellas
The usage of tents is not allowed within the Historic District but Temporary Structure (Tent) Permits may be obtained for other areas of the City. Please secure a Temporary Structure Permit before utilizing any tents.
Umbrellas are permissible within the Historic District. Both tents and umbrellas must comply with Fire Marshal requirements listed below.
Fire Marshal Requirements
To expedite approval by the Fire Marshal's Office, Please follow these safety guidelines when submitting your application
- Crowd Managers are required for assembly groups greater than 50 people with a minimum ratio of 1 crowd manager per 250 people. View this page to MD SFMO
- Provide FMO certification of flame retardant application for all tents and umbrellas demonstrating compliance with NFPA 1 and/or NFPA 701.
- Flame and heat producing devices shall be at least 5 ft from all combustible surfaces including tents and umbrellas. (If the manufacturer's data requires a greater distance, then that greater distance applies.)
- Flame and heat producing devices shall be at least 5 ft from any exit.
- Flame and heat producing device manufacturer product literature needs to be submitted to the FMO for review.
- Propane tanks can not be stored inside and they must not be closer than 10 ft from an exit of an inside or outside assembly area with only one exit and 5 ft from an exit of an inside or outside assembly area with two exits.
- Fire extinguishers need to be accessible at all times in accordance with NFPA 10.
- Hydrants and Fire Department Connections (FDCs) should have a 3ft circumference unobstructed clearance.