Vehicle Parking Duration Limits

Place duration limits on the maximum length of parking time allowed by favoring higher priority trips that tend to park for shorter durations compared to long-term low priority trips.


Encourage turnover and favor short-term users in high parking demand areas by enacting parking duration limits.

  • Create standard time limits for curb spaces, including loading zones for 5 to 15 minutes, shops for 30 minutes to an hour, and street parking in other commercial areas for 1- to 2-hour time limits.
  • Apply four-hour or all-day limits in parking structures, which are typically located further from attractions than street parking.
Design Guidelines
Policy & Implementation
The Role of Local Government & Transit First Policies
Guiding Principles of Land Use
Flexible Zoning Strategies
Street Design Implementation
Revising Transportation Analysis Practices
Transportation Demand Management
Rethinking Vehicle Parking Requirements
Parking Management
Best Practices to Attract Successful Developers
Clarifying Design Expectations
Integrating Retail into Transit Oriented Development
Community Planning for Rail Transit
Additional Resources
Photo of a sign limiting parking to 30 minutes mounted on a street light with a street and trees in the background
30 Minute Parking - The Alameda, San José, CA