How Many Parking Spaces in NYC?


Still too many!

Where does all that parking come from?

On-Street Parking
2,989,413 Estimate
Municipal Parking
7,983 Verified
41 Garages Verified
Licensed Garage / Lot
299,869 Verified
5,362 Active DCA Licenses Verified
Private Detached Garage
375,228 Estimate
215,063 Garages Verified
77.9 million sqft Verified
Parking Lot
1,010,514 Estimate
20,714 Lots Verified
377.7 million sqft Verified
700,000 Guess
350,000 Driveways Guess

Which Boroughs Have Too Much Parking?

Hint: All of them!

ManhattanBrooklynBronxQueensStaten Island
On-Street Parking189,406740,000419,9991,200,007440,000
Licensed Garage / Lot155,10533,48458,60949,995832
Municipal Parking3561,6851,1173,7451,080
Private Detached Garage89295,44230,391215,21533,229
Parking Lot28,328204,156176,240419,566170,186

How has parking capacity changed?

Hint: not much.

Nov 2020 Licensed Garage / Lot +91 -8,566
Oct 2020 Licensed Garage / Lot +1,357 -2,169
Sep 2020 Licensed Garage / Lot +630 -1,711
Aug 2020 Licensed Garage / Lot +362 -687
Jul 2020 Licensed Garage / Lot +639 -414
Jun 2020 Licensed Garage / Lot +64 -48
May 2020 Licensed Garage / Lot +194 -3,297
Apr 2020 Licensed Garage / Lot 0 -2,149
Mar 2020 Licensed Garage / Lot +153 -2,084
Feb 2020 Licensed Garage / Lot +717 -1,525
Jan 2020 Licensed Garage / Lot +71 -314
Dec 2019 Licensed Garage / Lot +425 -306

See something missing? Submit an Update. Last updated Nov 24 2020.

by Jehiah


Verified - Based on Open Data and correctness managed by a NYC agency.

Estimate - A reproducible mathmatical estimate based on other known data.

Guess - An unverified guess or unsubstantiated claim that can't be reproduced.

Data Sources:

On-Street Parking — 2,989,413 spaces Estimate

On Street Parking On-Street parking regulations are the set by the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT)

DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg testifed on June 12, 2019 before the NYC Council that β€œWe estimate about three million.” when asked how free parking spaces are in NYC.

This testimony was based on a 2.990M internal DOT estimate of parking done based on 2016 data for parking signs and planimetrics blockfaces. This is an estimated count that includes all metered parking, loading zones, and curb that permits unmetered or unregulated parking at least some part of a day. This estimate excludes area in front of fire hydrants and bus stops.

Changes to on-street parking are sourced from DOT project presentations. Where the presentation doesn't contain a specific number of impacted spaces the impact is estimated.

Municipal Parking Garages Parking — 7,983 spaces Verified

Data sourced from NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) via NYC Open Data of 41 Municipal Parking Facilities

DCA Licensed Parking Grage / Lot — 299,869 spaces Verified
Parking Garage

Data sourced from NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) via NYC Open Data Legally Operating Businesses with active licenses.

Private Detached Car Garages — 375,228 spaces Estimate

Detatched Garage Data sourced from NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) via NYC Open Data Planimetrics Building Footprints.

Planimetrics records 215,063 Verified garages covering 77.9 million sqft Verified

Parking spaces estimated at 1 parking space for garages under 285 sqft, 2 spaces for garages 286-470 sqft, 3 spaces for garages 471-600 sqft.

Note: Attached garages are not present in this dataset and not estimated.

Parking Lots — 1,010,514 spaces Estimate
Parking Lot

Data sourced from NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) via NYC Open Data Planimetrics basemap with Parking Lot features.

Planimetrics records 20,714 Verified lots covering 377.7 million sqft Verified

The available spaces in each of 20,714 lots was estimated using 350 sq ft per parking space rounded down to the nearest number of whole spaces per lot. Because this dataset includes an unknown double count of DCA licensed parking lots 58,316 spaces were subtracted from the final estimate.

350sq ft was chosen as the estimated sq ft per space in an average parking lot. For reference an acre lot (43560 sq ft) can fit between 80 and 170 cars in a self-parking style lot which is between 550 sqft - 256 sqft per car. Smaller lots or valet parking lots often achieve a much denser sq ft per parking space.

Driveways — 700,000 spaces Guess

Parking spaces in driveways are licensed by NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) as part of the Certificate of Occupancy however buildings built before 1938 aren’t required to have a Certificate of Occupancy. Certificate of Occupancy data is also not provided in a NYC Open Data Dataset.

An estimate of 350,000 driveways is based on a guess that there are 1.62 driveways for every detatched garage in NYC, and that each driveway on average has space for two vehicles.

NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) also manages curb cut licenses but complete data on authorized curb cuts is not available in NYC Open Data. DOB issues approximately 250 new curb cut licenses each year based on NYC Open Data of Approved Permits.

⚠️⚠️Data Not Included⚠️⚠️ — ???,??? spaces Guess

Attatched Garages - Houses with an attatched garage are not included in Planimetrics data for detatched garages. This data should (in theory) be available from Department of Buildings Certificate of Occupancy documents, but not all homes have one, and parking doesn't appear to be recorded consistently. Attatched Garages often have a driveway, and often a curb cut (though sometimes they do not have a legal curb cut). Best Guess: 100,000 - 200,000

Private Parking Garages - Private parking garages that do not charge for parking (which would require a DCA License) do not show up in the Planimetrics Parking Lot dataset. These are often resident-only garages or employee-only or city-employee-only garages. This data should (in theory) be available from Department of Buildings Certificate of Occupancy documents.