Parking is a major factor in deciding where to locate your business. All businesses in West Hollywood are required to provide a minimum number of off-street parking spaces based on the type and size (square feet of the gross floor area) of the business.The City recently approved a comprehensive update to our commercial parking requirements to make it easier to open a business in West Hollywood. Key provisions of the update are summarized below:
- Change in Use: The update allows a change of use to occur (i.e. change from retail to restaurant) within an existing building or tenant space that is less than 6,000 SF to without requiring additional parking. What does that mean for you? If the building or tenant space you’re intending to lease meets the requirements above (less than 6,000 SF and existing prior to December 19, 2018) then the parking that is currently on site, is all the parking that is required for your business. Of course, if you’d like to secure additional parking you may do so through an off-site lease agreement, valet service or through City parking credits, if applicable.
- Baseline Parking Requirements: The minimum baseline parking requirement for nearly all commercial uses has been significantly reduced. The minimum baseline requirements apply to new construction and a change of use in a building or tenant space greater than 6,000 SF and/or a building or tenant space constructed after December 19, 2018. Click here to view the minimum parking requirement for all business types.
- Existing Businesses: Existing businesses, including those that lease off-site parking or satisfy their parking obligation through the City’s parking credits program, may apply to have their parking obligation reduced to the new minimum baseline parking standard. Additionally, businesses that have underutilized on-site parking may also apply for a reduction in their parking obligation, which would free up the business to lease the surplus spaces to employees or neighboring businesses. If you are an existing business and interested in reducing your parking requirement, please contact the Business Development Division and we’ll walk you through the steps.
What if I can’t meet the minimum number of required parking spaces on-site? The City provides options for business owners who can’t provide the minimum number of required parking spaces on-site, including the parking credits program and parking use permit option. Click the links below to learn more about each option.