How Condo Parking Is Handled in Your Condominium Documents


Parking issues are an essential component of condominium living, and you must familiarize yourself with how they will be addressed before making your move. Review your condo documents carefully for guidance before moving in.

Some condos feature deeded parking spaces attached to each unit – these are known as limited common elements – which can be sold or rented, passing with title to that unit.


Condo associations may assign parking spots to individual residents in order to ensure that everyone can find space to park their vehicle. This practice may also accommodate those with special needs who require areas nearer their building. Residents must abide by the rules of their condominium association as failure to do so could incur fines or have their vehicle towed away.

Parking and garage spaces in most condominiums are treated as limited common elements, meaning that owners of individual condo units only have limited rights to use them but do not actually hold legal title to them. Deeded spaces may be transferred separately as fee simple interests; however, please check your condominium documents to determine any particular restrictions regarding the transfer of these limited common elements.

Condo associations may not assign parking spaces, but they still can regulate and manage them to ensure all members of their community have access. This might involve banning inoperable vehicles from being stored on the property, limiting work on cars in parking areas, or setting maximum car numbers that one owner can keep at once on the property.

Condo associations may enforce their own parking rules in addition to those set forth by their city or town of operation, providing residents with notification. Should someone violate said rules, the warning will first be given, and then fines assessed accordingly – repeat violations could lead to vehicles being towed away?

Effective condo parking management starts with clear written policies posted online or distributed to residents. Such policies will help avoid disputes regarding parking issues while also guiding how the board handles complaints or violations.

As a real estate professional, you must verify whether a parking space is assigned or titled. You can do this by checking the condo plan to see if stalls have been listed legally as posted and pulling title registration records to make sure the right person owns each stall.


At many condominium complexes, a parking area may be designated as deeded space, meaning its owner has legal title to sell or transfer it independently from their condo unit subject to restrictions in the corporation’s governing documents and property taxes incurred on it. Furthermore, leasing may also be permitted, but check first with your condominium corporation prior to doing so.

Some condominium parking spots fall under the general common elements, while others are considered limited common elements; all residents use these elements, while little common elements only apply to specific units. No matter which parking spot type it may be, owners of condo units should know where and how they can park their vehicles; additionally, they should familiarize themselves with guest parking rules, which vary between buildings.

Condominiums with designated parking stalls typically assign them to specific units, providing ownership rights such as preventing other residents from using their parked vehicles. Unfortunately, due to not possessing legal title to these individual spaces, it can be challenging for management or the board to keep an accurate count of who owns each area and how many cars are currently parked in it.

Condo parking rules can be dauntingly confusing to buyers and lenders. One of the more frequently enforced condominium rules states that only two vehicles per household are allowed; any additional ones may be fined or even towed away due to concerns for resident safety and security in addition to fellow homeowners within a complex.

Some condominiums require that each resident obtain a parking permit to access common areas, including their assigned parking space. The condominium board issues the key, and is typically valid for a specific period; renewal can be requested. Ideally, notification to the board prior to applying for another permit would ensure ownership records were up-to-date – otherwise, their parking spot could be sold to someone without them knowing.


Condominiums provide comfort and convenience at an attractive price point, but their limited parking may come at the cost of more restricted access for its residents. As such, condo owners must understand their community’s rules regarding parking – in urban areas, certain spaces may be reserved for specific units and may not be available to others, while suburban site condominiums have storage issues related to boats, commercial vehicles, or inoperable cars that must be stored somewhere on site; additionally governing documents typically outline guest parking procedures, with restrictions or prohibitions placed upon how often each unit owner may park vehicles on property; guests parking rules may even govern these issues!

Some condominiums use a system where parking spaces are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. This approach is particularly prevalent in buildings with many units but limited parking spots; when this happens, it is essential to set clear boundaries for resident and visitor parking spots so visitors don’t become confused by rules and are more willing to use the spaces allocated to them.

One solution to limited condo parking can be achieved by requiring visitors to purchase permits before parking in visitor spaces. This will prevent resident cars from taking over those visitor spots and will also enable visitors to keep track of who is parking there. Permit fees can be paid monthly or annually so your association can keep tabs on how many permits have been distributed.

If your condominium has a separate title for its parking spaces, owners can rent them to non-residents on short-term leases. When doing so, however, owners must notify both the board and property manager in advance so that the association can monitor whether these spaces are being utilized properly.

Parking spaces may be considered limited common elements and, therefore, cannot be sold or transferred separately from ownership of a condominium unit. Furthermore, the Condominium Declaration may contain restrictions regarding renting out parking spaces to tenants; these may differ from city regulations, and thus, a condominium resident should review them thoroughly prior to attempting to rent one out.


Condominium parking can be an ongoing struggle for associations. Parking spaces may be limited, and residents may fail to abide by rules that regulate them; consequently, many condos have implemented solutions like visitor parking areas or color-coded Smart Decals as ways of discouraging people from abusing visitor spots or using resident spaces without authorization. Proactive enforcement must also take place should violations arise.

Most condominiums provide various forms of parking spaces, with some deeded spaces being allocated and some designated deedable areas being given directly by an owner or tenant; this usually appears in their initial condo declaration and is considered part of their unit. They can sell or lease these spots provided they meet with any regulations set by their condo corporation.

Some parking spaces are limited to common elements, meaning they do not possess individual legal titles and cannot be leased or sold separately. Residents typically make these parking spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the condo board may hire them; individual owners cannot rent these parking spots at will – to rent one, you must first obtain permission from your board of directors.

Condo Control’s Visitor Parking feature makes creating guest parking areas simple for residents by enabling them to generate visitor passes directly from their computer or mobile device. Security or concierge can easily view who has received permits and ensure residents don’t overuse visitor parking areas; limits can also be set per unit so visitors don’t occupy resident parking areas too quickly.

If a condo does not have assigned or deeded parking spaces, it must establish clear guidelines based on its rules and bylaws. One effective method to do this is enacting parking rules that conform to city regulations, making them enforceable through private enforcement services or even towing cars from off-limit parking spots in case they violate them. In the event of violations against these guidelines, condo boards should take immediate steps – up to and including towing cars away!