Q: Calculating Space for Parking Cars

Apr 30, 16:52 Question by Da G (Ava Goldman)

How many square feet do you have to allocate for each parking space when planning a parking lot?

May 04, 11:29 Answer by jberman (Jonathan Berman)


You are asking a very interesting question.  There is no set formula on how many square feet (SF) you should leave for a parking spot and different architects will give you different answers.  Some will tell you 300SF some 350SF and some more.  Personally, for evaluation purposes I use 300SF per car.  So lets take a simple example.  If you have a lot that is 100 x 100 then total square footage of the lot is 10,000SF.  Take that number and divide it by 300 and on that rectangular lot you should be able to park about 33 vehicles.

The above calculation does not assume that you are using a parking system.  There are various systems, some manual and some electronic. These systems will allow you to stack the cars. Naturally, by stacking you better utilize the property. There are manual systems that can stack cars and double the capacity of the lot.  The system does cost money and the viability of the solution very much depends on various factors including the cost of the land vs. the cost of installing the system.  Then there are high capacity robotic systems which are excellent for dense urban areas.

To get a feeling for what systems are available, you might want to explore:




These are just a few samples of what is available in the market. In any case, before making any decision, I would recommend that you consult an architect in order for formulate a specific plan for your property.

I wish you all the best.

Good luck,

Jonathan Berman @ PropertyAnswers.org
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