New Build Car Park Guidelines for Car Park Designers, operators and owners

  • Published: British Parking Association, no date
  • Authors: British Parking Association
  • Date Added: 18 Apr 2013
  • Last Update: 18 Apr 2013
  • Format: pdf


Provide guidance for car park designers.


Description of guidelines.

Key Findings:

  • Facilities should, wherever possible, incorporate the one-way circulatory movement of traffic around the parking areas. Clear directional arrows or signage must be visible to avoid confusion, and contra-flow lanes, where vehicles are driven on the right hand side of a lane, should be avoided.

  • Speed restrictors should be installed wherever there is a potential risk of injury to members of the public or staff.

  • Pedestrian routes should be clearly defined and wherever possible segregated from vehicle routes.

  • The main rule for new car parks is that vehicular access and exit routes should be kept to a minimum.

  • Ideally both the entry and exit routes should be in very close proximity. i.e. separate but adjacent lanes. On large installations more than one point of entry and exit may be required, but where possible should remain adjacent in order to effectively maintain control over the locations.

  • Where possible all routes should incorporate a degree of control - this will vary dependent upon the location, the type of parking facility and management practices.

  • Controlling the movement of vehicular routes can be achieved by a number of methods including barrier access, flow plates, staffed control points and CCTV.

  • Features such as narrowed entrances or height restrictors may be included where it is necessary to control which vehicles are permitted within a parking facility. If height restrictors are fitted they must be able to be opened or removed to allow access for emergency or maintenance vehicles.


Speed restrictors, pedestrian routes, Vehicular access


This isn’t a piece of research but gives useful guidance on car park design.