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Opinion: Accessible parking at single family attached housing

Inquiry: 

99-05

Subject: 

Accessible parking at single family attached housing

Code:

1999 MSBC 1341.1630

Submitted By:

Building Codes and Standards Division

Approved By:

Thomas R. Joachim, State Building Official

Issue Date: 

May 3, 1999 

Question:  

For single family attached housing with an attached private garage, can the driveway be considered as exterior parking? 

Answer:

Yes. Many municipal zoning divisions consider the area between the curb and the garage as parking space. Therefore, in order to provide consistency, the Building Codes and Standards Division also considers this space as parking. To determine the total number of parking spaces provided within the site, it would be reasonable in most cases to double the number of parking spaces provided in the attached garages.

Accessible parking spaces must be dispersed among the various types of parking according to 1341.0403, Item E. This means that when 2 or more accessible parking spaces are required, approximately half of the accessible parking spaces must be located in the attached garage units. Whether the van accessible space is provided in the garage or on the surface parking area is not specified in the building code. However, when 2 or more van accessible spaces are required, they must be evenly dispersed between the garage and surface parking.

Approved by the Building Codes and Standards Interpretation Committee.

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