Parking standards

Revised January 2020


Provision is to be made for both general and operational standards.

  • General standards cater for the full parking requirements for the intended site use, including the needs of staff, maintenance, servicing, visitors, customers etc.
  • Operational standards are the absolute minimum parking provision required within the curtilage of the site.
  • The normal presumption will be that general standards will apply throughout the county except where operational standards are agreed between the county and district council for implementation in areas covered by specific parking policy (e.g. in central areas where adequate public parking is already available, or where an integrated transport policy including traffic restraint applies).

Parking and Cycle Storage for new Primary and Secondary Schools

Recommended parking standards and Cycle Storage requirements are as set out below (see Notes 1-10 below this table)


All general parking spaces are to be 2.5m wide and 5m deep

• Secondary Schools - 1 space per teaching member of staff plus 2 spaces per 3 non-teaching staff.
• Disabled parking should be counted as 5% of the above allocation or as required by current legislation
• Visitor parking also included within the above allocation.
• SEN units - 0.5 spaces per number of SEN pupils if the school has a SEN unit
• Primary Schools – 1.5 spaces per classroom (4-11 year olds), 3 spaces per nursery classroom,
• SEN Specially Resourced Provision (SRP) - 0.5 spaces per number of SEN pupils if the school has a SRP
• 2 disabled and 2 visitors up to 2FE, and 3 disabled and 2 visitors over 2FE

For town and city locations with access to good public transport the above requirements can be lower.


• Staff - 1 cycle parking space for every 10 employees, in a non-pupil area.
• Secondary Schools – 1 cycle space per 10 pupils
• Primary Schools – 1 scooter space per 10 pupils plus 1 cycle space per 10 pupils.

All cycle and scooter storage to be covered and  secure
Powered Two Wheelers (PTW) Minimum of 1 space or 1 space per 25 car spaces


1. Teaching staff are assumed to comprise class teachers, headteachers and deputy headteachers permanently based at the school. Peripatetic specialist teachers are not included in this definition (these staff are classed as visitors). All other persons employed at the school (including teaching assistants) are classed as non-teaching staff.
2. Visitor parking is included within the above parking allocations as identified.
3. The car parking allocation does not cater for minibuses or delivery vehicles, for which separate facilities must be provided unless otherwise justified.
4. Where not provided elsewhere, there will be a requirement for a bus/coach loading area (provided on-site in the case of secondary and special schools).
5. The disabled parking allocation must consist of marked spaces of sufficient size.
6. All cycle and scooter parking should be secure, under cover and close to pedestrian access points to buildings. Cycle parking should consist of "Sheffield" type stands (one stand is assumed to accommodate two cycles). Pod scooter parking also needs to be considered.
7. The actual level of cycle parking provided, and the split between cycle/scooter parking, should be flexible depending on the travel trends identified within the school travel plan. However, as the school travel plan evolves, there should remain the scope to provide additional parking in the future.
8. For special schools, the level of cycle parking for pupils and staff will be assessed on a site-specific basis. For pupils, this will be informed by the nature of the special educational needs, as it may be appropriate to provide cycle parking facilities, both for cycling to school and to store pool cycles for training purposes.
9. For secondary schools with sixth form pupils, the requirement for additional car parking will be assessed on a site-specific basis.
10. For post-16 colleges and further education colleges, the parking requirement will be identified on a site specific basis, justified with reference to the transport statement/assessment and travel plan.

Oxfordshire County Council recommended vehicle parking standards must be complied with or with Oxfordshire County Council Corporate Landlord agreement a "commuted sum" is payable to the district council. Details to be agreed with OCC Development Management Team for discussion with the district council.

Note: Oxford City Council have their own independent standards and should be consulted when proposals are within Oxford City's administrative area.

Parking provision for individual projects must be confirmed by discussion with OCC Development Management Group at feasibility stage. Any developments which involve the provision of additional car parking spaces will require a full supporting statement which includes, amongst other things; a modal split survey, home location survey, completed site audit and explanation of how existing parking is allocated and managed.

Where temporary buildings are replaced with permanent, parking spaces need to be increased accordingly if no allowance was made when temporary accommodation was provided.