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How Long is a Parking Space?

How long is a parking space by Semper Fi Striping

At Semper Fi Striping, we pride ourselves on precision and attention to detail, qualities honed through our military service. Tyler and James, the founders of Semper Fi Striping, spent their years in the Marine Corps stationed at 14th Mar Reg in Fort Worth, Texas.

As Field Artillery Sensor Support Men, they were responsible for providing survey and meteorological data to field artillery and mortar units. This experience instilled in them an unwavering commitment to accuracy and integrity, which they now bring to every parking lot striping project.

Our expertise is not just in painting lines; it’s in understanding and executing the intricate details that ensure a parking lot is functional, safe, and compliant with regulations. One of the most frequently asked questions is, “How long is a parking space?” In this guide, we will delve into the details of parking space dimensions, including the length, width, and additional factors that influence the design and maintenance of parking lots.

Standard Dimensions of a Parking Space

How Long is a Parking Space?

The length of a parking space can vary depending on the type of parking lot and the intended use. However, there are standard dimensions that are widely accepted and implemented.

For a standard parking space in the United States:

  • Length: Typically ranges from 18 to 20 feet.

  • Width: Usually measures around 8.5 to 9 feet.

These dimensions provide enough room for most vehicles, including sedans, SUVs, and small trucks, to park comfortably without encroaching on neighboring spaces.

Variations in Parking Space Dimensions

Different types of parking lots and specific needs can lead to variations in these dimensions. Here are some common variations:

Compact Car Spaces:

  • Length: Approximately 16 feet.

  • Width: Around 7.5 to 8 feet. Compact spaces are designed for smaller vehicles, optimizing available space in high-density areas.

Accessible Parking Spaces:

  • Length: At least 20 feet.

  • Width: Minimum of 8 feet for the vehicle space, with an adjacent 5-foot wide access aisle (8-foot wide aisle for van-accessible spaces). These spaces are mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

Angled Parking Spaces:

  • Length: It varies depending on the angle (typically 30, 45, 60, or 90 degrees). For instance, a 45-degree angled space might have a length of about 19 feet.

  • Width: Around 9 to 10 feet. Angled spaces are often used in parking lots with one-way traffic flow to maximize space and improve traffic movement.

Factors Influencing Parking Space Dimensions

Several factors influence the design and dimensions of parking spaces:

Local Regulations and Codes

Municipalities often have specific regulations and codes that dictate the dimensions of parking spaces. These codes ensure that parking lots are safe, accessible, and efficient.

Type of Facility

The purpose of the parking lot influences its design. For example:

  • Retail Centers: Require wider spaces to accommodate frequent parking and larger vehicles.

  • Office Buildings: Might have more compact spaces as the vehicle turnover is lower.

  • Residential Areas: Typically have standard-sized spaces to accommodate the variety of vehicles owned by residents.

Vehicle Turnover

Larger spaces benefit high-turnover areas, such as shopping malls or hospitals, by facilitating easier parking and reducing the risk of accidents.

Traffic Flow

The design of the parking lot, including the direction of traffic flow, can influence the dimensions and layout of parking spaces. One-way traffic designs often use angled parking to optimize space and enhance traffic movement.

The Semper Fi Striping Difference

Our unwavering commitment to excellence sets Semper Fi Striping apart from other striping companies. Our background in the Marine Corps has instilled in us a dedication to precision, integrity, and customer satisfaction. Here’s why clients trust us with their parking lot striping needs:


With a combined 14 years of military experience, Tyler and James bring expertise and attention to detail that is unmatched in the industry. Our knowledge of survey and meteorological data translates into precise and accurate striping.

Customer Feedback

We value feedback from our customers and continuously strive to improve our services. Our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and high ratings on Facebook and Google are a testament to our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

High-Quality Materials

We use only the best materials for our striping projects, ensuring long-lasting and durable results. This includes high-quality paint that withstands weather conditions and heavy traffic.

Tailored Solutions

Every parking lot is unique, and we tailor our striping solutions to meet each client's specific needs. Whether it’s a commercial parking lot, a residential area, or a specialized facility, we provide customized striping that enhances functionality and appearance.


In conclusion, the length of a parking space can vary depending on several factors, including local regulations, the type of facility, and specific client needs. At Semper Fi Striping, we take pride in providing precise and customized striping solutions that meet these requirements.

Our military background has equipped us with the skills and dedication to deliver top-notch services, ensuring that every parking lot we work on is safe, functional, and compliant with all relevant standards.

If you’re looking for expert parking lot striping services, trust the professionals at Semper Fi Striping. Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction guarantees a parking lot that meets and exceeds your expectations. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you optimize your parking lot.

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