44-40 Additional Regulations for Permitted or Required Off-Street Parking Spaces
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(a) Size of spaces
In all districts, as indicated, for all accessory off-street parking spaces, open or enclosed, each 300 square feet of unobstructed standing or maneuvering area shall be considered one parking space. However, an area of less than 300 square feet, but in no event less than 200 square feet, may be considered as one space, where the layout and design of the parking area are adequate to permit convenient access and maneuvering in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of the Department of Buildings, or where the applicant for a building permit or certificate of occupancy certifies that such spaces will be fully attended.
Driveways used to access required parking spaces must be unobstructed for a width of at least eight feet and a height of eight feet above grade and if connecting to a street, such driveway may only be accessed by a curb cut.
In any case where a reduction of the required area per parking space is permitted on the basis of the applicant's certification that such spaces will be fully attended, it shall be set forth in the certificate of occupancy that paid attendants employed by the owners or operators of such spaces shall be available to handle the parking and moving of automobiles at all times when such spaces are in use.
In no event shall the dimensions of any parking stall be less than 18 feet long and 8 feet, 6 inches wide.
(b) Identification of car sharing vehicles
Within an off-street parking facility that contains car sharing vehicles, an information plaque shall be placed at a location accessible to and visible to users of such facility. The plaque shall be fully opaque, non-reflective and constructed of permanent, highly durable materials and shall contain the following statements in lettering no less than one inch high:
(1) "Total parking spaces in facility:" which shall specify the total number of parking spaces permitted within such parking facility; and
(2) "Maximum number of car sharing vehicles:" which shall specify the total number of car sharing vehicles permitted within such parking facility.
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In all districts, as indicated, the entrances and exits of all permitted or required accessory group parking facilities and all permitted public parking lots or public parking garages with 10 or more spaces, shall be located not less than 50 feet from the intersection of any two street lines. However, access located within 50 feet of such intersection may be permitted if the Commissioner of Buildings or, in the case of public parking lots or public parking garages permitted in accordance with the provisions of Article VII, Chapter 4, the City Planning Commission certifies that such a location is not hazardous to traffic safety and not likely to create traffic congestion. The Commissioner of Buildings or the City Planning Commission may refer such matter to the Department of Transportation for a report and may base its determination on such report.
The waiver provisions of Section 44-24 (Waiver of Requirements for All Zoning Lots Where Access Would Be Forbidden) shall apply when the Commissioner of Buildings has certified that there is no way to arrange the spaces with access to the street to conform to the provisions of this Section.
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In all districts, as indicated, all open accessory off-street parking spaces or permitted public parking lots shall be graded, constructed, surfaced, and maintained so as to provide adequate drainage and to prevent the release of dust, in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of Buildings.
Any area intended to be used permanently for an open accessory group parking facility shall be surfaced with asphaltic or Portland cement concrete, or other hard-surfaced dustless material, at least four inches thick. However, permeable paving materials may be used in open parking areas where the Commissioner of Buildings determines that such materials are appropriate.
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In all districts, as indicated, all open off-street parking areas with 10 spaces or more, which are located on zoning lots adjacent to the boundary of a Residence District, either at natural grade or on a roof:
(a) shall be screened from all adjoining zoning lots in Residence Districts (including such zoning lots situated across a street) by either:
(1) a strip at least four feet wide, densely planted with shrubs or trees at least four feet high at the time of planting and which are of a type which may be expected to form a year-round dense screen at least six feet high within three years; or
(2) a wall or barrier or uniformly painted fence of fire-resistant material at least six feet high, but not more than eight feet above finished grade (or above the roof level, if on a roof). Such wall, barrier or fence may be opaque or perforated provided that not more than 50 percent of the face is open;
(b) shall be maintained in good condition at all times;
(c) may be interrupted by normal entrances or exits; and
(d) shall have no signs hung or attached thereto other than those permitted in Section 42-52 (Permitted Signs).
Paragraph (a) shall not apply at the street line of zoning lots where the planting requirements of Section 37-921 (Perimeter landscaping) apply.
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In all districts, as indicated, permitted or required accessory off-street parking spaces may be provided in a permitted public parking garage, but only on the same zoning lot as the building or use to which such spaces are accessory and subject to all the other applicable regulations of this Chapter.
Such accessory off-street parking spaces shall be included with all other spaces in such public parking garage for the purpose of applying any regulations in this Resolution relating to the number of spaces in such public parking garage.
The computation of floor area for such public parking garage shall be in accordance with the definition of floor area as set forth in Section 12-10 (DEFINITIONS), except as otherwise specifically authorized in accordance with the provisions of Sections 73-67 (Additional Floor Space for Public Parking Garages), 74-511 (In C1 Districts), 74-512 (In other Districts) or 74-52 (Parking Garages or Public Parking Lots in High Density Central Areas).
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In all districts, as indicated, the provisions of this Section shall apply to:
(a) developments with accessory open parking areas in which 70 percent or more of the floor area on the zoning lot is occupied by a commercial or community facility use;
(b) enlargements of a building with accessory open parking areas or the enlargement of an open parking area that result in:
(1) an increase in the total number of parking spaces accessory to commercial or community facility use on the zoning lot that is at least 20 percent greater than the number of such spaces existing on November 28, 2007; or
(2) an increase in the total amount of floor area on the zoning lot that is at least 20 percent greater than the amount of floor area existing on November 28, 2007, and where at least 70 percent of the floor area on the zoning lot is occupied by commercial or community facility uses; and
(c) existing buildings with new accessory open parking areas in which 70 percent or more of the floor area on the zoning lot is occupied by a commercial or community facility use.
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to surface parking located on the roof of a building, indoor parking garages, public parking garages, structured parking facilities, or developments or enlargements in which at least 70 percent of the floor area or lot area on a zoning lot is used for automotive uses listed in Use Groups 9 or 16.
For the purposes of this Section, an "open parking area" shall mean that portion of a zoning lot used for the parking or maneuvering of vehicles, including service vehicles, which is not covered by a building. Open parking areas shall also include all required landscaped areas within and adjacent to the open parking area.
For all such new or enlarged open parking areas, a site plan shall be submitted to the Department of Buildings showing the location of all parking spaces, curb cuts and compliance with the maneuverability standards set forth in paragraphs (b) and (c) of Section 36-58.
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In all districts, as indicated, all developments and enlargements containing commercial or community facility uses and new open parking areas accessory to commercial or community facility uses shall comply with the provisions of Section 37-90 (PARKING LOTS), inclusive.
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In the Borough of Staten Island, in the districts indicated, existing or new open parking lots adjacent to one another on the same or separate zoning lots shall be required to provide vehicular passageways between such open parking lots in accordance with the provisions of Section 36-59 (Cross Access Connections in the Borough of Staten Island), inclusive.
Off-street Loading Regulations