What To Consider When Designing A Parking Lot

If you’ve just opened a business and need to design a parking lot for outside your shop, you might be wondering where to start. You’ll probably need to enlist the help of a specialist designer or architect when designing your parking lot, but knowing what basic features that you need will help you a lot when you come to finalise your design. Here’s a few of the basics that you’ll need to consider.

Parking Stops
If the parking spaces are quite close to a building or they’re in front of each other, you’ll probably need to install some concrete wheel stops to prevent drivers from accidentally crashing. Concrete wheel stops are usually quite easy to install, and alternatively, you could install rubber wheel stops that are less harsh on cars that do roll into them when parking.

Disabled Parking
It’s usually required for most business parking lots that one or more parking spaces are provided for disabled drivers, so you’ll need to take this into consideration when you’re designing your parking lot, as it’ll take up more space than a regular parking area. You’ll also need to make sure that it’s clearly signposted and visible, whether this be with the use of a sign, or by the use of paint on the floor that clearly signifies that the space is for disabled drivers only. Disabled drivers are required to carry a badge that gives them access to these specific spaces, so you may also need to make sure that the area is regularly checked to ensure that other drivers who don’t hold a disabled badge are taking advantage of the extra space.

Pay and Display Ticket Machines
If you own the land where you’re planning on building your parking lot, you may be able to charge drivers for parking their car there. This might also be a measure that needs to be taken if you’re renting the land and need to make the money that you’re paying for it back. Before you install any pay and display ticket machines, ensure that you check with your local council beforehand to make sure that your ticket machines and pricing plan fit all the local requirements and regulations that are set in place.  

Bike Parking
Last but not least, don’t forget your customers who use a bicycle. As well as providing spaces for customers to park their cars, you’ll also probably need to provide some bicycle racks or shed for customers to keep their push bikes safe and secure. There are plenty of bollards in Perth, so dont get worried about safety of your bike.