What Are Some Common Parking Lot Design Standards?


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Some common parking lot design standards are the use of standard dimensions such as minimum 9- to 10-foot widths for parking stalls, the use of stripes to separate parking stalls, and the provision of accessibility for persons with disabilities. Other design standards specify minimum requirements for the installation of proper signage, lighting, and parking lot safety and security features. In addition, local building codes may require area-specific design standards.

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The book "Time Saver Standards for Building Types" specifies parking stalls to be 9 to 10 feet wide and that perpendicular parking stalls must be 19 feet deep with driveways that are at least 24 feet wide. The curb length for parallel parking spots must be 23 feet. For 60 degree-angled parking spots, parking stalls must be 21 feet to 21.5 feet deep with driveways that are at least 18 feet wide.

Parking spots can be separated by single stripes that are four to six inches wide, or by double five-inch stripes 1.5 feet apart. Driveways for one-way traffic must be at least 12 feet wide, while driveways for two-way traffic must be at least 20 feet.

Parking spots for persons with disabilities must be located closest to building entrances and must be clearly marked as such. These parking stalls need to have aisles that are at least five feet wide for cars and eight feet wide for vans, with access routes of at least three-foot widths at the front.

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