When dealing with parking, it’s important to understand how commercial and residential real estate differs. In commercial real estate, the parking ratio is used to measure how much parking is available in the designated area. This means you’re comparing the size of a building to the space allowed for parking, to figure out how many parking spaces it should have. This metric is used for all property types and helps determine the number of parking spaces for each property.
There are a few factors involved in projecting the parking space ratio:
- The property type and how it’s being used
Different types of properties have different requirements for their parking ratios. Retail centers in areas that have lots of land and traffic need more parking than an area that has more options for movement.
- Local zoning and regulations for the area
Local business codes and zoning take precedence when calculating the parking ratio. The rules are designed to accommodate the different uses of the property and the way in which the property is developed.
- Square footage of the property
The more building you have, the more parking spaces you will need. If you have a property with over 100 units, it will require more parking than a building with 30 units.
- The demand for parking
The location of a commercial property makes a difference when calculating parking spaces and ratios. If there are multiple commuting options available, there may be fewer spaces and street parking available. If there is a large office building where most people drive, the parking ratio will be much higher.
The parking ratio matters because owners of a building can charge higher prices for tenants if there is a lot of space and ample parking to accommodate staff and customers. Parking spaces in commercial settings must account for local regulations and follow the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
It is important to determine the following questions – does the parking meet all the local zoning requirements? How many spaces are needed based on the building size? Do the parking requirements change with the type of property?
What are parking space requirements for commercial buildings?
Again, it depends on the use of the property. Retail stores usually have a requirement of five to ten spaces per 1,000 SF. This is because there is a lot of foot traffic due to the number of stores and businesses in the space. Other types of commercial buildings like train stations may not need as many spaces because there won’t be that many cars.
What are parking space requirements for residential?
Every city has its own residential space requirements. Most zoning ordinances are based on the size, location, design of the space, and the number of spaces required.
What are parking space requirements for industrial buildings?
In industrial buildings, 1 space for every 400 SF is usually the minimum. There are different regulations based on the city and local ordinances, but this is a good starting point. Industrial buildings may need less parking than commercial, or retail spaces.
What are the parking space requirements for apartments?
In most cases, one space per dwelling unit for any type of unit is usually required. Single-family homes may have more, and multi-family units may have one and ½ spaces for apartments.
How to calculate the parking space ratio per 1000 SF?
Calculating the parking ratio per 1000 SF is simple. Divide the total number of parking spaces by the square footage of the property. For example, if there are 100 parking spaces for 50,000 SF of space, the property has 2 parking spaces per 1000 SF (100/50).
Another way to calculate this is to take 50,000 SF of space and divide it by 1000 to get 50. Divide that by 100, which will give you 2.
Keeping a clean image
It’s important to keep these parking spaces clean to retain the value of the property, keep the general public safe, present a great image, and keep existing and prospective tenants happy. How do you keep these spaces clean? Use a professional cleaning service that can sweep and power wash on a recurring basis.
The services at Squeegee Squad come in handy when needing pressure washing services for your commercial, residential, and industrial sites. With extensive training and the use of low-pressure nozzles, Squeegee Squad’s professional cleaners can remove unsightly stains, without damaging delicate surfaces like stucco and painted facades. Rust, efflorescence, and leaching can be very difficult to remove. We use environmentally friendly cleaners to effectively remove rust and other stains (upon request). Using the appropriate pressure washing techniques, along with the proper application of the solution, allows us to clean a wide variety of organic and chemical stains.