Green Streets Design Manual

The Green Streets Design Manual provides design standards and procedural guidance for developing green streets that manage stormwater runoff.

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Green streets utilize green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) to capture stormwater at its source and minimize the amount of pollutants that reach the Delaware River, the Schuylkill River, and the many tributary streams within the city. Green streets are a key component of the City of Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters initiative, an innovative program to achieve federal water quality mandates by managing stormwater from impervious surfaces citywide utilizing green stormwater management practices.

The Philadelphia Water Department worked closely with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, the Streets Department, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and other public utilities, partners, and agencies to develop detailed design templates for green streets that are flexible enough to be applied in a variety of urban street conditions. The Green Streets Design Manual outlines what types of GSI practices are appropriate on various street typologies, provides standardized design details, and lays out the necessary design review and construction inspection processes. Moving forward, design professionals, engineers, planners, and developers can utilize the approved design standards and procedures therein to expedite green street development in Philadelphia.

Green Streets Design Manual

Green Street Design Manual
Green Street Design Manual Appendices

Green Street Design Manual Appendices

Green Street Design Manual Appendices


Application for Green Street Project


Design Drawings & CAD Files

Green Streets Details (4.6 MB)

Design Components (24.3 MB)

Design Concept Images

SMP Renderings

Upload Green Street Project Proposal

Parties proposing to build a green street in Philadelphia must first submit an application to do so. This does not apply to consultants and contractors working directly for the Philadelphia Water Department, or to other City partners.

If you are unsure if you should submit a Green Streets Project Proposal, or have any other questions, please email us.


Related Links

Complete Streets

Green City, Clean Waters

GSI Design Resources