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In order to practice social distancing and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the Parking Magistrate’s Office is currently not accepting walk-in hearings.

However, our team is still working remotely to assist your appeal needs.  You can do business with us online by visiting our “Dispute a Parking Ticket” page.  You can also contact us by phone at 1-866-280-9988, Monday – Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Shared parking allows multiple property owners to share a common parking facility for their respective needs, especially when they have different peak periods. This allows flexibility in a property owner’s use of unused or under-utilized parking spaces.  When shared parking is done to meet minimum parking requirements, it requires approval through the property’s development review process (Zoning).  For all other shared parking circumstances, City approval is not required.

Shared parking agreements between private property owners are encouraged by the City to maximize the use of existing off-street parking facilities and minimize impacts to the curb. Off-street parking resources can be expensive to construct and maintain and can be one of the most important assets for a business. By allowing parking spaces to be used by many different businesses and people throughout the day, a reduction in the number of parking spaces needed to satisfy demand can be realized. 


Shared parking allows distinct businesses or property owners the ability to share a common parking facility instead of maintaining separate facilities. Shared parking agreements result in a more efficient use of the collective off-street parking supply in a given area and encourages a holistic view of parking resources. 

  • Maximizes the use of existing parking supply which can:
    • Reduce the need for multiple parking facilities.
    • Reduce paved surfaces, traffic congestion, and vehicle pollution.
    • Create a more welcoming, pedestrian-friendly and vibrant streetscape.
  • Encourages collaboration between businesses.
  • Reduces parking pressures on neighborhood streets.
  • Can save property owners money; constructing parking facilities is expensive.
  • Can provide a new source of revenue from:
    • Lease or monthly permit payments,
    • Shared maintenance or liability insurance costs, or
    • Public paid parking.

Denver is actively encouraging private parking owners to engage in shared parking agreements. As development replaces parking lots in many active neighborhoods and on-street parking demand increases, shared parking will become a progressively more important way to increase the local parking supply.

Step 1: Identify an Opportunity to Share Parking

The first step toward shared parking is to identify opportunities to collaborate. Does your property/business need access to additional parking spaces? Does your property have extra parking that could be utilized by others?

Step 2: Identify Nearby Complementary Land Uses

Shared parking agreements work well between businesses that have complimentary uses/parking demands (e.g., high demand at different times of the day). The following charts provide examples of complimentary parking demands.

Land Uses by Time of Peak Parking and Demand

Weekday

Evening

Weekend

Banks & public services

Auditoriums

Religious institutions

Offices

Bars & clubs

Parks

Park-n-Ride facilities

Meeting halls

Ballfields

Schools, daycare, colleges

Restaurants

Sports venues

Factories, distribution centers

Theaters

Fitness clubs/recreation centers

Medical clinics

Hotels

 

Professional services

Sports venues

 

 

Fitness clubs/recreation centers

 

 

Step 3: Discuss Potential Shared Parking Arrangement

Once a complementary land use had been identified, start the conversation about sharing agreements with the property owner. Considerations for agreements include:

  • Lot security and maintenance,
  • Free vs. paid parking for customers,
  • Lot owner fee for allowing shared use of lot,
  • Balancing primary and secondary user needs, and
  • Pedestrian connections between shared uses and the parking facility.

Step 4: Develop Shared Parking Agreement

Once the terms of the shared parking arrangement have been finalized, a formal shared parking agreement should be developed. This agreement is between the property owner and the potential shared parking partner. When charging a fee to the public for parking, owners shall operate in accordance with City & County of Denver’s Title II – Revised Municipal Code, Chapter 55, Article IX – Parking Lots requirements.

Step 5:  Apply for Zoning Permits (If Necessary)

If any of the parking spaces per the shared parking agreement will be used to meet the City’s zoning code requirements for minimum parking for one or more land uses, a zoning permit authorizing the shared parking agreement is required before beginning operation. In addition, a zoning permit will be required for any physical changes to the shared parking’s layout of parking spaces, drive aisles, and/or required parking lot landscaping. See www.denvergov.org/commercialzoning for zoning permit information, applications, and procedures.

The City encourages property owners to seek legal guidance before entering into a signed agreement.

Shared Parking Agreement Example

 
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