DIVISION 2. OFF-STREET PARKING AND LOADING*
* State law references: Provisions for parking required, F.S. § 163.3202(2)(h).
Sec. 138-1301. Purpose and intent.
This division will provide for the public welfare and safety by requiring the provision of
safe and efficient on-site traffic flow and adequate off-street parking to reduce traffic
congestion on the public streets.
(Ord. No. 90-1, § 1(502.1), 1-30-90)
Sec. 138-1302. Specific requirements.
There shall be provided at the time of the erection of any main structure, or at the time
any main structure is enlarged or increased in capacity by adding dwelling units,
guestrooms, floor area or seats, a minimum number of off-street automobile parking
spaces in accordance with the following:
(1) Residential uses:
a. Single-family dwellings: Two spaces per unit.
b. Multifamily dwellings: One and one-half spaces per unit.
c. Congregate care facilities and dormitories: One space per bed where permitted
as a special exception. This requirement may be reduced by the board of
adjustment provided the applicant can demonstrate that such a reduction is
(2) Commercial or industrial uses:
a. General business, commercial or personal service establishments: One space
per 250 square feet of gross floor area.
b. Medical clinics or offices: One space for each 200 square feet of gross floor
c. Other office buildings: Four spaces per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area.
d. Motels and hotels: One space per hotel or motel unit plus three spaces.
Ancillary uses such as restaurants, lounges, and meeting areas shall be provided
with the required number of spaces.
e. Eating or drinking establishments: One space for each 60 square feet, or
fraction thereof, of floor area devoted to patron use, plus one space for each 400
square feet, or fraction thereof, of other area.
f. Auto service station: Three spaces per service bay plus three spaces (bays shall
be considered as spaces).
g. Furniture or carpet store: One space per 1,000 square feet of gross floor space.
h. Open sales (i.e., autos, boats, and other vehicles): An area equal to 20 percent
of the sales area shall be provided for off-street parking.
i. Marinas: One space per each four berths.
j. Campgrounds and travel parks: One space per campsite and/or vehicle site plus
those required for any accessory uses.
(3) Community service facilities:
a. Churches, temples or places of worship: One space per 40 square feet of floor
space in the main auditorium.
b. Clubs, lodges and similar uses: One space per 50 square feet of floor area used
for assembly, meeting or dining areas.
c. Hospitals, sanitariums, nursing homes: One space for each two patient beds.
d. Libraries, museums, art galleries and similar uses: One space for each 400
square feet of public area.
e. Theaters, auditoriums, places of assembly: One space for each four seats.
f. Commercial (such as wholesale or business services), manufacturing and
industrial concerns not catering to the retail trade: One space per each 400 square
feet of gross floor area.
g. Warehousing: One space per each 1,500 square feet of gross floor area.
(4) Educational facilities:
a. Elementary, middle, or high schools: One space per employee plus one space
per four seats in combination of an auditorium, stadium or gymnasium.
b. College, university or similar institution: Same as above plus seven spaces for
c. Day care facility: One space for each ten students plus one space per employee.
(Ord. No. 90-1, § 1(502.2), 1-30-90; Ord. No. 91-54, §§ 4, 5, 10-29-91)
Sec. 138-1303. Off-street loading.
The following off-street loading spaces shall be provided for the uses indicated:
(1) Every use having a floor area in excess of 10,000 square feet requiring the receipt or
distribution by vehicle of materials and merchandise shall have at least one permanently
maintained off-street loading space for each 10,000 square feet, or fraction thereof, of
gross floor area.
(2) Retail operations, wholesale operations and industrial operations with a gross floor
area of less than 10,000 square feet shall provide sufficient space (not necessarily a full
space) so as not to hinder the free movement of vehicles and pedestrians over a sidewalk,
right-of-way or alley.
(3) Each loading space shall have direct access to an alley or street and shall have the
following minimum dimensions:
a. Length: Twenty-five feet.
b. Width: Twelve feet.
(Ord. No. 90-1, § 1(502.3), 1-30-90)
Sec. 138-1304. General requirements.
(a) Parking spaces for all dwellings shall be located on the same lot or parcel.
Parking for other uses may be provided on a separate lot or parcel not more than
300 feet from the primary parcel to be served as measured by the nearest public
walkway. For the purpose of this section, a "public walkway" is a paved sidewalk
or other similar public walkway.
(b) Parking for two or more uses may be satisfied by the allocation of the required
number of spaces of each use in a common parking facility.
(c) Any area reserved for off-street parking or loading in accordance with this
division shall not be reduced in area or changed to any other use unless the
permitted use which it serves is discontinued or modified, except when equivalent
parking or loading space is provided.
(d) The required number of spaces may be reduced up to ten percent by the
county administrator when required to meet drainage requirements, to increase the
absorption rate of stormwater or to protect existing vegetation or wetland areas of
(e) Off-street parking shall be designated to ensure that all vehicular traffic
entering or leaving the public street right of way shall be traveling in a forward
motion, except driveways serving one- and two-family dwellings. However, on
sites which meet the definition of redevelopment, as defined by this code, backing
onto a public street may be permitted and will be evaluated on a case by case
(f) All off-street parking spaces, except compact spaces and spaces required for
the physically disabled, including access drives or aisles, shall be designed in
accordance with the standards identified in the table set out in subsection (k) of
this section. No more than 20 percent of the number of proposed spaces within a
site shall be designated as compact car spaces.
(g) Access from public streets to all parking facilities shall be in accordance with
the requirements of applicable county regulations regarding access and curb cuts.
(h) Drive-through facilities shall provide standing spaces in accordance with the
Number of Number of standing spaces
One lane 8
Two lanes 12
Three lanes 18
For each additional lane 2 additional spaces
(i) Parking surfaces shall be paved or a usable and durable surface provided at all
times. Nonpaved surfaces of parking areas and associated drives shall be
stabilized and provided with appropriate dust control. For developments larger
than five acres and/or providing more than 200 parking spaces, no area proposed
to be used for parking shall be paved within 25 feet of the perimeter property line.
(j) All off-street parking, loading areas, driveways, roadways and pedestrian
circulation facilities shall be designed to be safe and convenient. Sites shall be
designed so that pedestrians moving from parking areas to buildings and between
buildings are not unreasonably exposed to vehicular traffic. All parking areas
which provide for 20 vehicles or more shall be clearly marked with directional
arrows and lines or low level directional signs (per section 138-1334) to expedite
traffic flow and provide pedestrian safety. The county traffic engineer may require
additional signage during site plan review to reasonably accomplish the intent of
(k) Accessible parking spaces for disabled persons shall be provided in the
Total parking Required number of
spaces in lot accessible spaces
Up to 25.......... 1
26 to 50.......... 2
51 to 75.......... 3
76 to 100.......... 4
101 to 150.......... 5
151 to 200.......... 6
201 to 300.......... 7
301 to 400.......... 8
401 to 500.......... 9
501 to 1,000.......... 2% of total
Over 1,000.......... 20
Plus, for each 100 spaces over 1,000.......... 1
A minimum of four spaces for the disabled shall be provided at a hospital or physical
(2) Size: Diagonal or perpendicular spaces for the disabled shall be a minimum of 12 feet
(3) Access: All spaces for the disabled shall be provided with a curb cut or curb ramp to a
pathway, a minimum of 44 inches wide, to provide access to the building served and shall
be located so that users will not be compelled to wheel behind parked vehicles. All spaces
shall have an adjacent access aisle 60 inches wide, minimum. Parking access aisles shall
be part of the accessible route to the building or facility entrance. Two accessible parking
spaces may share a common access aisle.
(4) Location: Disabled parking spaces shall be located immediately adjacent to the
building to be served.
(5) Marking: Disabled parking spaces shall be posted with a permanent above-grade sign
bearing the international symbol of accessibility and the caption "Parking by disabled
(Ord. No. 90-1, § 1(502.4), 1-30-90; Ord. No. 91-54, § 6, 10-29-91; Ord. No. 92-66, § 1,
10-27-92; Ord. No. 94-36, § 1, 4-19-94; Ord. No. 98-97, § 7, 11-17-98)
Secs. 138-1305--138-1330. Reserved.