Step 2: Determine Parking Requirements

Parking Space Requirements for Commercial Property

Parking requirements for commercial uses are listed below. If a particular use or activity is not listed below, the parking requirements are determined by the Planning Commission. Please feel free to contact us for parking information for any specific site or use.

Use  Required Parking 
Church, College/University Auditorium, High School and Other Places of Public Assembly 1 space for each 10 fixed seats
Convalescent Home, Hospital  1 space for every 2 beds
Auditorium, Theater, Other Similar Places of Assembly 1 space for each 5 seats
Commercial Place of Amusement, Assembly Hall Without Fixed Seats, Dance Hall 1 space for each 100 gross square feet building floor area
Hotel, Motel 1 space for each guest room
Communication Equipment Building
3 spaces PLUS 1 space for each 500 gross square feet of building floor area PLUS 2 spaces for each 2 employees on duty on the maximum shift
Other Business, Commercial, Public Utility Buildings Three (3) spaces PLUS one (1) space for each 500 gross square feet of building floor area

Any fractional space is rounded up. If there are mixed uses on the lot, parking must be provided to fulfill the combined number of parking spaces required for each of the separate uses. There are additional rules for parking space size and location. See the Town parking regulations for additional information. 

Existing Nonconforming Parking

Many commercial sites in Town do not meet current parking requirements. If you are moving into an existing building and your proposed use will not increase the intensity of the use of the space, no additional parking is required. Otherwise, you must provide the required parking or seek a parking variance from the Planning Commission.

A Variance is a waiver of certain development requirements, such as parking. The Planning Commission reviews and approves or denies applications for variances. If a parking variance has been previously granted for your site, you may be subject to conditions imposed on its approval. For example, hours of operation may be limited. Contact the Planning Department for more information on any potential variance application or existing variances for a particular address.

Loading Space Requirements

One permanent on-site loading space is required for each 4,000 square feet of lot used for a hospital, institution, hotel, or commercial use with limited vehicular access to the site due to traffic volume, traffic movement patterns, or on-street parking. See Loading Space Requirements here.


Additional Resources

Town Municipal Code Parking Requirements
Variance Application