How Big is a Typical Parking Space Supposed to Be?

How Big Should Parking Spaces Be?

The size of a typical parking space varies depending on the country, the type of parking lot (commercial, residential, etc.), and specific local regulations. However, a commonly referenced standard for a standard parking space in many regions is approximately:

  • Length: 18 to 20 feet (5.5 to 6 meters)
  • Width: 8.5 to 9 feet (2.5 to 2.7 meters)

These dimensions are generally suitable for most passenger vehicles. There are also compact spaces, which are smaller, and spaces designed for larger vehicles like trucks or SUVs, which may be wider or longer. Additionally, parking spaces for disabled drivers are larger to accommodate wheelchair access, often measuring at least 8 feet (2.4 meters) wide for the car space itself, with an adjacent access aisle that can be 5 feet (1.5 meters) wide, making the total width necessary for such a parking space about 13 feet (4 meters).

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