Purpose- The purpose of this section is to provide for adequate parking standards, to assure that parking spaces shall be suitably maintained and available for the use of the occupants of the site and to mitigate potential associated on-street parking and traffic circulation problems throughout the Downtown and surrounding areas.
No use or building shall be established, erected, enlarged or expanded unless parking facilities are provided and maintained as required by this Section.
Parking facilities should be designed so that a car within a facility will not have to enter a street to move from one location to any other location within the same facility.
Bumpers or tire stops a minimum 6 inches in height shall be provided in all parking areas abutting a building, structure, sidewalk, planting area, street or alley.
All tandem parking spaces, where allowed, shall be clearly outlined on the surface of the parking facility.
Parking facilities in all Districts shall be designed in such a manner that any vehicle on the property will be able to maneuver as necessary so that it may exit from the property travelling in a forward direction. However, cars may exit onto an alley travelling in a reverse direction.
Where the application of the following cumulative parking schedules results in a fractional space of .5 or greater, the number of required parking spaces shall be rounded up to the next whole number.
No vehicular use area, except driveway access to a property, for any residential use shall be located, in whole or in part, in any required front yard or front two-thirds of any required side yard.
No person, company or organization shall fail to maintain the facilities required to be provided by this Section, or by any applicable provision of prior laws, variance, use permit, or precise plan heretofore or hereafter granted by the Planning Commission or City Council. No required parking shall be utilized in any manner so as to make it unavailable for the occupants, their clients or visitors of a building or use during the hours such building or use is normally occupied. This meaning shall not be construed to prohibit security devices.
All permanent on-site parking, loading, or other vehicular use area shall be paved with approved concrete or asphaltic concrete. On-site parking areas to be used for no longer than one year shall be surfaced and maintained with an impervious material acceptable to the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services so as to eliminate dust and mud. All on-site parking areas shall be graded and drained to dispose of all surface water in accordance with the Uniform Building Code.
Any lights provided to illuminate any parking area shall be arranged so as to direct the light away from any residential dwelling unit.
Parking Spaces Required- The number of parking spaces required for the establishment of a building or use shall be provided and thereafter maintained at the following ratios; provided, however, that for any building or use enlarged or increased in capacity, additional parking facilities shall be required only for such enlargement or increase. Additional parking facilities need not be provided for enlargements or additions to existing residential units. Unless stated otherwise, parking shall be based on net floor area defined in Section 20.08.420 of the El Segundo Municipal Code.
Bed and Breakfast Hotels - 1 space for each of the first 100 rooms; ¾ space for each of the next 100 rooms; and ½ space for each room above 200 rooms.
Retail, offices, commercial, video arcade, and food-to-go uses - 1 space for each 300 sq. ft. for the first 25,000 sq. ft.; 1 space for each 350 sq. ft. for the second 25,000 sq. ft.; 1 space for each 400 sq. ft. for the area in excess of 50,000 sq. ft. No parking is required for outdoor retail uses including gathering areas (such as outdoor party areas), newsstands, coffee carts and flower stands, up to 200 square feet in area.
Restaurants - 1 space for each 75 sq. ft. of dining area, including outdoor dining areas exceeding 200 sq. ft. in area. 1 space for each 250 square feet of non-dining areas. No parking is required for restaurants less than 500 sq. ft. which do not provide sit-down eating accommodations, or for outdoor uses including dining and gathering areas, up to 200 sq. ft. in area.
Bars - 1 space for each 75 sq. ft., including outdoor areas exceeding 200 sq. ft. in area.
Medical/Dental offices and clinics -1 space for each 200 sq. ft.
Warehouses and storage uses - 1 space for each 1,000 sq. ft. for the first 20,000 sq. ft.; 1 space for each 2,000 sq. ft. for the second 20,000 sq. ft.; 1 space for each 4,000 sq. ft. for the area in excess of 40,000 sq. ft.
Schools - Daycare, pre-school, elementary, middle school and junior high -1 space for each classroom, plus 1 space for each employee.
Schools - High school - 7 spaces per classroom plus auditorium or stadium parking requirements.
Schools - Adult, college, business and trade schools - 1 space for every 50 sq. ft. of gross floor area or 1 space for every 3 fixed seats – whichever is greater.
Places of Public Assembly (including but not limited to, theaters, auditoriums, banquetfacilities, meeting rooms, clubs, lodges and mortuaries) - With fixed seats-1 space for every 5 seats.* Without fixed seats-1 space for every 50 sq. ft. of floor area used for assembly purposes.
* Based upon the Uniform Building Code, areas having fixed benches or pews shall have 1 seat for each 18 inches of length. Dining areas shall have 1 seat for each 24 inches of booth length, or major portion thereof.
Compact Parking: Compact parking shall not be allowed, except parking spaces provided in excess of the required number may be compact size.
Parking Reductions: The Director of Community, Economic and Development Services may modify the required number of parking spaces or approve joint use or off-site parking, for fewer than 10 spaces, based on the submittal of a parking demand study. Reductions of 10 or more spaces require approval of the Planning Commission. Additionally, for any use for which the number of parking spaces is not listed, the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services or Planning Commission shall specify the required number of spaces based on a parking demand study. A parking demand study shall include, but not be limited to, information specifying the number of employees, customers, visitors, clients, residents and owner-occupancy of residence and business (for existing legal non-conforming residential uses), shifts, deliveries, parking spaces, or other criteria established by the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services. The study may also include the use of valet or attendant parking.
Mixed Occupancies- In the case of mixed uses in a building or on a site, the total requirements for parking facilities shall be the sum of the requirements for the various uses computed. Parking facilities for one use may be considered as providing required parking facilities for another use, if approved through a parking demand study, a joint-use agreement or another mechanism approved by the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services or the Planning Commission.
Parking Area Development Standards-
Stall sizes: Standard stalls shall be 8.5 feet wide by 18 feet deep; Dead-end parking stall or adjacent to an obstruction shall be 10 feet wide by 18 feet deep; compact parking spaces, only allowed for parking in excess of the Code requirements, shall be 8.5 feet wide by 15 feet deep.
Aisle widths: Aisle width for angled parking spaces shall not be less than the following:
Angles of Parking
Aisle Width Clear
Parking Stall Depth*
Parallel to 30 degrees
*Measured perpendicular to aisle
Tandem Parking: A maximum of 30% of the total required parking for commercial uses may be tandem. Greater than 30% tandem spaces may be allowed with approval of a parking demand study. Parking spaces provided in excess of the required number may be tandem.
Parking of Licensed Recreational Vehicles and Habitable Vehicles:
Parking of any mobile home, camper, house trailer or other habitable vehicle outside of an authorized mobile home park or licensed recreational vehicle parking facility is prohibited except that such vehicles may be parked on any public property or right of way subject to any applicable parking restrictions, including Section 9.40.010 of the El Segundo Municipal Code.
A habitable vehicle parked on private property may be occupied for residential purposes for no longer than 72 hours (outside of an authorized mobile home park) within any 30-day period. No habitable vehicle may be occupied for commercial purposes except as provided by Section 16.01.140 of the El Segundo Municipal Code.
Entrances and Exits: The location and design of all driveway entrances and exits shall be subject to the approval of the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services. Access must be from the alley or side street, except for access to handicapped parking stalls if approved through the design review process. Curb cut and driveway widths must be a minimum of 10 feet and a maximum of 30 feet in width.
Handicapped Parking: Handicapped parking shall be provided in accordance with Part 2 of Title 24 of the California Administrative Code.
Loading Standards- The following loading spaces, with the dimensions as listed, are required based on the net square footage of the building or use.
Building – Square Feet
Number of Loading Spaces
Each additional 100,000 sq. ft. or fraction thereof
BED & BREAKFAST HOTEL
Building – Square Feet
Number of Loading Spaces
Each additional 100,000 sq. ft. or fraction thereof
Plan Preparation and Permit Approval- A proposed parking plan shall be submitted to the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services at the time of the application for the building permit for the building for which the parking is required, or at the time any required Planning application is submitted. The plans shall clearly indicate the proposed development, including location, size, shape, design, curb cuts, lighting, landscaping, and parking spaces in full compliance with code requirements. No building permit shall be issued until the applicant has presented satisfactory evidence to the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services that parking facilities required by this Section will be provided and maintained.
Joint Use and Off-Site Parking Facilities- Parking spaces may be joint use or located off-site on a different lot or lots, subject to approval of a parking demand study and a parking agreement. The Director of Community, Economic and Development Services may approve a parking demand study for joint use and off-site parking for fewer than 10 spaces. The Planning Commission shall review any joint-use and off-site parking for 10 or more spaces. The agreement shall be recorded in the office of the County Recorder, prior to the issuance of a Building Permit. The agreement may include conditions as the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services or the Planning Commission deems appropriate.
Sites with Transportation Systems Management (TSM) and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plans- The number of required parking spaces may be further modified subject to approval of a Transportation Systems Management or Transportation Demand Management Plan, pursuant to the procedures and requirements of Chapters 20.55 and 20.56 of the El Segundo Municipal Code.
Existing Buildings with Permitted Uses- Existing uses in an existing building may change to any other use enumerated in the PERMITTED USES section of the applicable Specific Plan District without providing additional on-site parking spaces, provided that all existing on-site parking spaces provided in connection with the building or structure shall be continued and available for use with the subject building.
Failure to Maintain Required Parking- In the event parking facilities required to be provided under this Section, or required pursuant to any application approved in accordance with this Section, are not maintained, the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services may revoke and cancel the certificate of occupancy issued for such structure. Prior to such revocation, the Planning Commission shall hold a public hearing in accordance with the public hearing procedures provided in Chapter 20.90, Procedures for Hearings, Notices and Fees, of the El Segundo Municipal Code. However, if it appears that failure to maintain such required parking was reasonably beyond the control of the person required to maintain the same, the certificate of occupancy shall not be revoked until the owner has had at least 90 days to reestablish the minimum required parking. In the event the certificate of occupancy is revoked, the premises covered thereby shall not be occupied or used for any purpose until a new certificate of occupancy has been issued.