Regulations + LEED Credits

Not only does bike parking increase demand for your property, in DC it is required by municipal code. We can help you navigate the requirements and regulations for your residential or commercial building so that you are in compliance.

DC Regulations

Bicycle parking is required in all DC buildings constructed after 1985. Bicycle parking must be:

  • Accessible from the building and street or other bike right-of-way.

  • Secure, well-lit, and located within the building on the ground floor, basement or first garage level.

The number of bicycle parking spaces required are dependent on the number of car parking spaces required and year the building was built.

  • In most commercial buildings, the number of bicycle parking spaces must equal one space for each 10,000 square feet of commercial office space. In residential buildings the formula is one bicycle parking space for every three residential units. Variations in space requirements can be found here.

  • In buildings built before March 1, 1985, 1% of the amount of required parking spaces can be converted to bike parking spaces.

LEED Credits

DC continues to lead the nation in green building. Bicycle facilities in new construction can gain developers points toward their LEED certification. LEED's Bicycle Facilities credit is intended to:

  • Promote bicycling and transportation efficiency and reduce vehicle distance traveled.

  • Improve public health by encouraging physical activity.