Parking Standards

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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 1

Data related to parking codes of counties listed in rows 2 – 8 have been provided in the attached spreadsheet.

Summary

Research Strategy

For this research, we conducted a deep dive into the municipal code website of each county. We located the relevant parking codes and have provided the information into the relevant cells. The information missing had been specifically searched. After not finding the information on the website, we have filled the cells with 'N/A'.
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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 2

In the City of Solvang, residential parking should be 8.5 feet in width and 16.5 feet in length. Garage or carport parking in the city of Sebastopol should be 20 feet in length and 10 feet in width. Further details have been provided in rows 9 -15 of the attached spreadsheet.

City of Sebastopol

City of Solvang

City of Sonoma

  • The minimum parking space should be 20 feet in length and a minimum of 14 feet of vertical clearance.
  • Parking areas that are approved to be located off-site shall be located within 300 feet of their intended space.

City of Truckee

  • Standard parking is nine feet in width and 20 feet in length.
  • Parking facilities should be maintained at all times and all markings should be visible at all times to motorists and pedestrians.

City of Twentynine Palms

City of Watsonville

City of Windsor

Research Strategy:

For the City of Windsor we looked through the official municipality code database and found no mentions of parking space standards, the available information on them is their rules/regulations of parking within the city, that is parking zones, street parking rules, and vehicle regulations but there are no mentions of dimensions and other parking space requirements.
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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 3

For single-family dwellings in the City of Yucca Valley, the standard parking space dimension is 9ft width & 19ft depth while that of a compact space is 7.5 ft width and 15 ft depth. The requested parking standards and requirements have been compiled in rows 16-22 of the attached spreadsheet. A brief overview of the findings can be found below.

City of Yucca Valley

  • Standard parking spaces are 9 ft width by 19 ft depth, while compact spaces are 7.5 ft width by 15 ft depth.
  • Parking surfaces are constructed with two and one-half inches of asphalt concrete or an equivalent surfacing.

County of Mariposa

County of Mendocino

  • Parking dimension requirements: The least dimension of parking space should be 9 ft by 20 ft.
  • Parking surface requirements: The parking surface should be covered with gravel, but the authority will approve only hard surfaces like road oil mix or durable types like bituminous plant mix and asphalt concrete.
  • Parking other requirements: For accessible parking space, the least parking space should be 14 ft by 20 ft.

County of Nevada

County of Placer

  • Parking Dimension requirements: Standard parking spaces are 9 ft by 20 ft, and compact car parking spaces are 8 ft by 16 ft.
  • Parking surface requirements: The surfacing of family dwellings should have an aggregate base, chip seal, asphalt, and concrete.
  • For commercial spaces, the surfacing should be minimum of asphalt concrete or Portland cement concrete.
  • Parking other requirements: For the disabled person, accessible ramps should be made available.

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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 4

Information relating to the parking code in the City of Agoura Hills may be found in row 23 of the attached spreadsheet, including information such as the type of parking and number of spaces required, surface requirements, and dimension requirements. Relevant information for the Cities of Calabasas, Calistoga, and Capitola could not be found in the city municipal codes and, as a result, those cells have been marked N/A.

CITY OF AGOURA HILLS

  • The number of parking spaces required in a single lot or space varies depending on the use type. For example, "shopping centers containing at least 25,000 and up to 50,000 square feet of total building area, where office spaces exceed ten (10) percent of the total gross floor area, that portion in excess of ten (10) percent of the gross floor area shall be calculated at one (1) parking space per three hundred (300) square feet."
  • For every 25 spaces in a single parking lot, there must be at least one handicap accessible parking space.
  • The parking dimension requirements vary depending on the angle of the parking spaces. For example, parking spaces placed on a 45 degree angle must have a curb length of 11 feet and six inches, and a 19-foot stall depth.
  • "All areas used for parking and accesses to such parking areas shall be completely paved with asphalt or concrete surfacing, or such other alternative materials as approved by the city engineer."

RESEARCH STRATEGY

For each city in rows 23 through 26 of the attached spreadsheet, including Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Calistoga, and Capitola, we referred to the city's municipal code as published online. Specifically, we reviewed the most recently published and updated codes available, searching specifically for information related to parking. While all of the requested information was available for Agoura Hills in this way, the relevant standards could not be found for Calabasas, Calistoga, or Capitola. Specifically, while each municipal code provided information on parking ticketing information and other similar codes, no information was available on the codes for building new parking spaces or lots. As a result, those cells have been marked N/A.


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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 5

For single-family dwellings in the City of Healdsburg, 2 parking spaces per unit are required, 1 of which must be located in a garage or a carport. The requested parking standards and requirements have been compiled in rows 27-30 of the attached spreadsheet. A brief overview of the findings can be found below:

CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA

CITY OF CARPINTERIA

CITY OF GOLETA

CITY OF HEALDSBURG

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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 6

The minimum width of a parking space in the City of Hidden Hills, the City of Los Angeles, City of Malibu, and the City of Napa are 9 feet, 8.6 feet, 9 feet, and 9 feet, respectively. The minimum length of a parking space in the City of Hidden Hills, the City of Los Angeles, City of Malibu, and the City of Napa are 19 feet, 18 feet, 20 feet, and 19 feet, respectively. Rows 31-34 of the spreadsheet contains all the information.

City of Los Angeles

City of Malibu

City of Hidden Hills

City of Napa

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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 7

The City of Pacific Grove, the City of Pacifica, and the City of Rohnert Park all have requirements for covered or enclosed off-street parking for residential dwellings, while the City of Petaluma does not. For further details, see this spreadsheet.

City of Pacific Grove

  • For a single-family dwelling greater than 1,800 square ft, two covered parking spaces are required.
  • For a dwelling less than 1,800 square feet, only one covered space is required.
  • These requirements are detailed in section 23.64.190 of the municipal code.
  • The municipal code does not give specifications about the dimensions of parking space or the type of surface.

City of Pacifica

  • For a single-family detached dwelling, two enclosed spaces are required.
  • If the driveway is not long enough to accommodate a car, one guest space per unit is required.
  • These requirements are detailed in section 9-4.2818 of the municipal code.
  • The enclosed parking spaces must be nine feet in width, 19 feet in length, and have a vertical clearance of seven feet.
  • The municipal code does not give specifications about the type of surface of the parking spaces.

City of Petaluma

  • The City of Petaluma has no requirements for off-street parking for residential dwellings.

City of Rohnert Park

  • For a single-family detached dwelling, two enclosed parking spaces are required.
  • These requirements are detailed in section 17.16.030 of the municipal code.
  • The enclosed parking spaces must be 10 feet in width, 20 feet in length, have a vertical clearance of 76 inches. They must be paved with concrete, asphalt, or pavers.

Research Strategy

In the municipal code for the City of Petaluma, the word "parking" is used in 41 different sections. Our research team reviewed each of these sections, and none of them mention requirements for off-street parking for any type of residential dwellings. However, in section 11.44.160, the code says that people who live in a parking meter zone and have no off-street parking available may obtain an annual parking permit. This rule implies that dwellings exist without any off-street parking, thus confirming the possibility that parking spaces for residential dwellings are not required in the City of Petaluma.

For the City of Pacific Grove, the municipal code does not include specifications for the dimensions or the surface type of the parking space. For the City of Pacifica, the code does not specify the surface type of the parking space. To determine that this information was not included in the municipal code, we conducted a series of searches. We identified each section of the code that discussed parking, and within these sections, we searched for any keyword relating to dimensions or surface type, like width, pavement, and several others. When these searches failed to result in requirements, we were assured that no such requirement existed.
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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 8

Each of the cities in rows 39-42 requires constructors to use concrete, asphalt or a similar permanent material when constructing parking lots. In the attached spreadsheet, rows 39, 40, 41 and 42 have been filled with the requested information.

CITY OF SALINAS

SAN BRUNO CITY

SAN BUENAVENTURA CITY

SAND CITY, CALIFORNIA

  • Parking spaces for more than 5 vehicles should be enclosed, that is, screened by a visual barrier on each side that faces or adjoins a residential unit or institutional premises. The visual barrier should be between 4 and 6 feet tall and free of advertisements.
  • Minimum number of parking spaces: between 1 and 10 spaces. The number of parking spaces varies depending on the type of facility that the parking area is intended for and the floor area the premises takes up. For instance, retail establishments will require one parking space per 200 square feet of store area, while automotive repair establishments will require a minimum of between 5 and 10 parking spaces.
  • Parking spaces should be 8.5 feet wide and 19 feet long, with the exception of compact spaces which should be 8.5 feet wide and 16 feet long.
  • The parking surface should be paved in a durable manner and should provide a dustless surface. The parking surface should also be able to dispose of water accumulated in the area.
  • Additional information: parking space stripes should be at least 4 inches wide. The spaces shouldn't be used for any commercial activity or as a work area and lightning should be positioned in a way that it reflects away from the neighboring premises.
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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 9

The City of Scotts Valley allows covered, uncovered, and enclosed (garage) parking in single-family dwelling units. The requested parking standards and requirements have been compiled in rows 43-45 of the attached spreadsheet. A brief overview of the findings and some additional insights can be found below:

CITY OF SANTA CRUZ

  • As per the city's municipal code, 1 parking space is required in single-family dwelling units with 1 bedroom, 2 parking spaces are required in single-family dwelling units with 2 and 3 bedrooms, and 3 parking spaces are required in single-family dwelling units with 4 bedrooms with 1 additional space for each additional bedroom.
  • The municipal code does not mention the parking dimensions and surface requirements specifically for single-family dwelling units but has certain requirements for residential parking spaces that may apply to single-family dwelling units. These include:
  • CITY OF SANTA ROSA

  • As per the parking codes of the City of Santa Rosa, 4 parking spaces are required for each single-family detached dwelling unit in a standard lot. One of these spaces should be covered, on-site, and outside the setbacks. The other 3 spaces can be either on-site (in the driveway and tandem) or on a private or public street directly in front of the lot.
  • For the single-family detached dwelling units located in "flag lots (lots having access from the building site to a public street by means of private right-of-way strip), 2 parking spaces located outside the setbacks are required. One of these spaces should be covered. In addition to that, 2 on-site, paved guest parking spaces are also required. These may be tandem."
  • All covered residential "parking spaces within garages and carports shall be at least 9.5 feet wide and 19 feet long, clear of any obstructions (e.g., stairs, HVAC equipment)."
  • As per the city's parking codes, all parking spaces must be paved.

CITY OF SCOTTS VALLEY

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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 10

The parking standard in the City of Seaside, the City of St. Helena, and the City of Thousand Oaks requires at least two covered parking spaces per unit. Details on each city have been provided on rows 46-48 of the attached spreadsheet.

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

CITY OF SEASIDE
  • The parking space in this city is to be covered with the option of either covered or uncovered for guest parking.
  • The parking space is to be paved with a minimum width dimension of 14 feet.
CITY OF ST. HELENA
  • The parking space in this city is to have a minimum dimension of 9 feet by 19 feet for a single car garage, and 19 feet by 19 feet for a double car garage.
  • While both spaces are to be covered for one or two-family units, for three or more family units, one space is to be covered while one-half needs not be covered for each unit. Lighting shall not be more than 15 feet high and shall be directed or shielded.
CITY OF THOUSAND OAKS
  • The parking space in this city is to be paved with a minimum dimension of 9 feet by 20 feet.
  • For a single-family residential unit in the RPD and HPD zones, the space requirement includes "2 spaces (enclosed) per unit; 3 spaces (enclosed) per unit with 5-6 bedrooms; 4 spaces (enclosed) per unit with 7 or more bedrooms."
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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 11

In the city of Westlake Village, CA, a 2-car garage measuring 20'x20' is required for single family dwellings, while Yountville requires one covered space and one screened space. Additional details have been provided in rows 49-51 of the attached spreadsheet.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE

  • Single family residential dwellings in Westlake Village are required to have a 2-car garage on a paved surface.

YOUNTVILLE

  • Single family residences in Yountville are required to have one covered space and one screened space.
  • There were no details in the regulations that addressed the parking surface so N/A was added to the spreadsheet.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

  • Both single family residences and mobile homes require two parking spaces, but only the single family residences need to be covered.
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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 12

The minimum width of a 90-degree parking space in the County of Monterey, County of Napa, and County of Riverside are 9.5 feet, 10 feet, and 9 feet, respectively. The minimum length of a 90-degree parking space in the County of Monterey, County of Napa, and County of Riverside are 19 feet, 20 feet, and 18 feet, respectively. Rows 52-54 of the spreadsheet contains all the information.

County of Monterey

County of Napa

County of Riverside

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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 13

The standards required for building new parking spaces in the County of San Bernardino, the County of San Mateo, and the County of Santa Barbara have been identified and documented in rows 55-57 of the attached spreadsheet. For residential use, the minimum standard parking dimensions are 9 feet (wide) by 19 feet (length) in the County of San Bernardino, 8.5 feet (wide) by 16.5 feet (length) in the County of Santa Barbara, and a minimum area of 171 square feet in the County of San Mateo.

County of San Bernardino

  • According to the Parking and Loading Standards of the County of San Bernardino, the number of parking spaces required depends on the type of land uses that include industry, manufacturing and processing, and wholesaling; recreation, education and public assembly uses; residential uses; retail trade; general services; and other uses. The number of parking spaces required is found to range between 1 to 10 minimum for the type of land use.
  • For residential uses, one parking space is required for each dwelling unit in a multi-family dwelling while two parking spaces are required for a single-family dwelling.
  • There must be one parking space for the disabled for every 1-25 parking spaces in a facility.
  • The minimum standard parking space dimensions must be at least 9 feet wide by 19 feet long with enough provision for a full-size passenger vehicle. In terms of the angle of parking, for a 90-degree parking space, the dimensions must be a minimum of 9 feet in width by 19 feet in length, 9 feet from the curb with 12 feet in driveway width.
  • For residential garages, each parking space must be 10 feet wide by 20 feet long.
  • The surface of residential parking spaces requires the area to be dust-proofed with materials such as gravel and slag or must be fully paved.

County of San Mateo

  • According to the parking standards of the County of San Mateo, the number of parking spaces depends on the type of land use. The code dictates one parking space be constructed for each residential dwelling unit having one bedroom and two parking spaces for each dwelling unit having two or more bedrooms.
  • For residential apartments, one additional uncovered parking space for guests can be constructed for every five units.
  • The surface of any parking area is required to have a Portland cement binder or asphaltic pavement to ensure the area is dust-free and durable. Each parking space must also be drained and graded to ensure proper surface water disposal.

County of Santa Barbara

  • The number of parking spaces required in the County of Santa Barbara is based on the type of land use in terms of agriculture, residential, non-residential, and industrial. For residential use, the minimum number of parking spaces required can range from 1 to 6 per dwelling unit. One parking space is required for each dwelling unit in general.
  • For a one-family dwelling unit located within EX-1 Zone of the county, 6 parking spaces are required. One parking space is required per dwelling unit with two bedrooms while two parking spaces are required per dwelling unit with three bedrooms or more.
  • Driveways and uncovered parking areas must be paved with not less than two inches of masonry pavers, asphalt, or concrete. All parking areas must be provided with appropriate drainage provisions and must be well graded.
  • Residential parking spaces must have minimum dimensions of 8.5 feet in width by 16.5 feet in length. Parking areas and garages constructed for individual units must be either centrally located or adjacent to the housing unit.
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Parking Standards in Jurisdictions - Part 14

Data related to parking codes of counties listed in rows 2 – 8 have been provided in the attached spreadsheet.

Summary

Research Strategy

For this research, we conducted a deep dive into the municipal code website of each county. We located the relevant parking codes and have provided the information into the relevant cells. The information missing had been specifically searched. After not finding the information on the website, we have filled the cells with 'N/A'.
Sources
Sources

From Part 03
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  • "9.33.070: PARKING AREA DESIGN STANDARDS A. Parking Space Dimensions: Each off street parking stall shall consist of minimum dimensions identified in table 3-11, "Parking Spaces Dimensions", of this section, including standard spaces and compact spaces. TABLE 3-11 PARKING SPACES DIMENSIONS Parking Space Width Depth Number Of Required Spaces Other Requirements Standard parking space 9 ft . 19 ft . See tables 3-4 to 3-9 of this chapter n/a Compact space 71/2 ft . 15 ft . In parking lots which exceed 10 spaces' capacity and serve nonresidential uses, 25% of the required spaces may be allocated for compact parking All compact spaces shall be clearly marked and be posted with signs stating "Compact Cars Only" "
  • "Paving: All off street parking and loading areas for commercial and industrial development and outdoor vehicle sales areas, including driveways, aisles, turning and maneuvering areas and parking spaces shall be paved with not less than two and one-half inches (21/2") of asphalt concrete or an equivalent surfacing and shall be graded and drained so as to dispose of all surface water, and shall be maintained in good repair."
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  • " all areas used for parking and access to such parking areas shall be completely paved with asphalt or concrete surfacing."
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  • ""1. Single-family Dwellings. Surfacing shall be all-weather surfacing (e.g., aggregate base, chip seal, asphalt, concrete) and capable of supporting a forty thousand (40,000) pound vehicle load. Within the Tahoe Basin, any more restrictive standards established by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency shall apply. (Advisory comment: the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) may impose special driveway construction requirements. Applicants should contact TRPA directly to determine if such requirements apply.) 2. Agriculture and Open Space. Agricultural and open space uses that require twenty-five (25) or fewer parking spaces shall provide all weather surfacing (e.g., aggregate base, chip seal, asphalt, concrete) and capable of supporting a forty thousand (40,000) pound vehicle load. Within the Tahoe Basin, any more restrictive standards established by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency shall apply. (Advisory comment: the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) may impose special driveway construction requirements. Applicants should contact TRPA directly to determine if such requirements apply.) 3. Other Commercial, Industrial, Recreational, Institutional, Multifamily Residential and Other Uses. For all uses other than those specified in subsections (1) and (2) above, surfacing shall be a minimum of asphaltic concrete or Portland cement concrete, as approved by the applicable county department. 4. Excess and Overflow Parking. Permeable paving may be used in all excess and overflow parking areas and installed and maintained in accordance with manufacturer recommended specifications and as required by the county. Excess parking includes any parking areas provided above the minimum requirements specified in Section 17.54.060 (Parking space requirements by land use).""
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  • " Paving, slope and drainage. All parking lots and driveways shall be surfaced with a minimum thickness of two inches of asphalt concrete, concrete or other material acceptable to the City Engineer, over a minimum thickness of four inches of an aggregate base material. Parking lots shall be designed to facilitate proper drainage and shall not drain over any sidewalk or adjacent property."
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  • "Parking areas shall, at a minimum, be surfaced with gravel; however, the approving authority may require a hard surface such as road oil mix, or other surfacing of a more durable type such as a bituminous plant mix, asphaltic concrete or concrete as a condition of the Coastal Development Permit."
  • "All required parking spaces shall be at least nine (9) by twenty (20) feet, unless otherwise provided for under this section."
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  • "Parking Space Sizes. a. Standard spaces shall be a minimum 9 feet in width and 18 feet in length, except that retail commercial uses shall provide spaces that are 9 feet in width and 20 in length. b. Compact spaces shall be a minimum 8 feet in width 14 feet in length and are allowed at a maximum 40% of the required spaces. All compact spaces shall be clearly marked. c. Parallel spaces shall be a minimum 9 feet in width and 22 feet in length. Parallel spaces may only be used when a through traffic flow is designed into the parking lot circulation pattern."
  • "Surfacing of Parking Space. Wheelchair accessible parking stalls, loading and unloading aisles, and pathways to the building entrance shall have a surface that is firm, stable and slip-resistant"
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  • "Each parking space shall consist of a minimum area of ten (10) feet by twenty (20) feet usable parking area. "
  • "Except for parking for residences, all such parking areas shall be surfaced with a minimum of two (2) inches of crushed rock. The parking area shall thereafter be maintained in connection with such building or structure and use of land. "
From Part 08
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  • "Parallel Parking. Parking dimensions shall be eight feet by twenty-four feet. End stalls may be eight feet by twenty feet. Aisle shall be twelve feet for one-way aisles, and twenty-four feet for two-way aisles."
  • "Schedule A: Off-Street Parking and Loading Spaces Required"
  • "Any area used for the parking, loading, maneuvering, storage, dismantling, wrecking, salvage, or sale of vehicles, recreational vehicles, or machinery shall be surfaced and maintained with asphaltic, concrete, or other permanent surfacing material sufficient to prevent mud, dust, and loose material from escaping the paved areas; and to control hazardous substances or wastes from affecting the quality of the ground or surface waters, subject to the approval of the city engineer."