The City of Tampa Parking Division makes every effort to comply with the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As a result of the periodic changes being made to disabled parking regulations, the Parking Division elects to remain current with the changes by attending the International Parking Institute Conference and Trade Show held throughout a number of major US cities on an annual basis. Additionally, the Parking Division maintains an active membership status with the Florida Parking Association.
Disabled Parking On-Street
The present on-street disabled parking inventory consists of thirty-three (33) designated spaces located throughout the downtown core area. Florida State Statute Chapter 553.5041(4b) states that there must be one (1) accessible parking space for each 150 metered on-street parking space provided by state agencies and political subdivisions. The City of Tampa meets and exceeds this total as we currently provide one (1) accessible space per every 43 on-street spaces within the downtown core. The disabled patron must display his/her disabled placard or have a disabled license plate to park in these spaces.
With the April 2008 removal of on-street meters in Ybor City, the Parking Division has maintained five (5) designated, on-street disabled parking spaces within the historic Ybor City District. The disabled patron must display his/her disabled placard or have a disabled license plate to park in these spaces. Providing on-street disabled spaces within the historic district remains a challenge as many of the streets have retained the historic brick-paved element. ADA guidelines require an accessibility route that maintains a level surface and is free of obstruction. In an effort to accommodate the increased need for disabled parking in the historic district, the Parking Division allows a disabled patron to park free of charge (up to four hours) when parking at any of the three (3) City-owned and operated metered surface lots. (Ybor Lots 3, 5 & 6). The disabled patron may park in a disabled or regular parking space in these lots and must display his/her disabled placard or have a disabled license plate. No interaction with the pay station is necessary. Additionally, the Ybor City Development Corporation and the Parking Division continue to explore more opportunities for additional on-street disabled parking locations.
Disabled Parking at time-restricted, on-street meter spaces in Downtown Tampa
Florida State Statute 316.1964 (5) states when an on-street parking meter restricts the duration of time that a vehicle may be parked, a vehicle properly displaying a disabled parking permit is allowed a maximum of four (4) hours at no charge. The disabled patron DOES NOT need to activate a parking session at an on-street pay station to receive the free four (4) hours.
Disabled Parking Off-Street
As the Parking Division continues to improve the appearance and physical conditions of the City-owned and operated parking facilities, we are focusing on the disabled parking environment within each facility. The guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act state that one in every four spaces, but not less than one, must be designated as van accessible. Additionally, the vertical clearance of each garage must be equivalent to 114 inches (9.5 feet). Unfortunately, several of the older designed garages only offer a 6' 8" clearance. In such cases, we are unable to offer van-accessible spaces and therefore must offer an equivalent solution in a nearby surface lot or on-street space. Please be advised that the following garages do offer an appropriate height for van-accessible parking spaces: Pam Iorio Parking Garage, William F. Poe Garage, and the Fernando Noriega Jr./Palm Avenue Garage. If a driver with a disability requires assistance or qualifies for the Florida Toll Exemption, a call button and phone number are available at each garage location. Call buttons are located on each Central Pay Station device and on each ExpressParc Exit Station device.
Please contact the County tax collector's office to obtain a disabled placard or tag.