Condo Handicapped Parking Requirement

B.F. from New Haven County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

How many handicap parking spots are required for residential only condos?

Mister Condo replies:

B.F., since parking areas at residential condos are typically private property, owned by the association, there are no mandatory requirements for handicapped parking. The association, governed by its democratically elected Board of Directors, is in control of the common grounds, including the parking area. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) governs how many handicapped accessible parking spaces are in public parking lots but doesn’t address private parking lots. Any unit owner or resident is free to petition the Board to ask for handicapped parking but they are not under any obligation to provide them. The reality is that parking is at a premium at most condos and just isn’t feasible to allocate spaces within the limited resources of the association. Good luck!

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