R.D. from Miami Dade County, Florida writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
When it comes to parking spaces. What are the minimum space requirements? On a total width of 25ft. How many spots should it be? 2 or 3?
Mister Condo replies:
R.D., I am not aware of any minimum space requirements, especially within the confines of private property where most condominium parking lots are located. That being said, anyone designing a parking lot should take into consideration that a parking lot where cars are parked too closely together is likely to result in damaged vehicles and unhappy residents. U.S. cars and many SUVs are often 6.5 feet or wider with pick-up trucks being even wider. Add a few feet on either side for door clearance and you could be looking at more than 10 foot of width. In that example, I would say that 25 foot of width could be used either way. However, condominium and apartment parking lots are typically used to accommodate many vehicles so I wouldn’t be surprised to find the space much tighter than the ideal. It is initially up to the developer to set the parking lot and parking space sizes. Once the Board has control of the common area, it can decide to divvy up the parking lot as it sees best. Of course, seeking local guidance and following city codes is always a good idea to avoid any problems. All the best!