Loading zones are designated areas in the parking lane for the loading and unloading of deliveries to buildings. These zones are for commercial vehicles or vehicles which hold a valid Non-Commercial Loading Zone Permit only and are not designated to reserve parking for business patrons or employees. Any commercial vehicle may park in any loading zone for the purpose of loading and unloading for up to thirty minutes.
Loading zones are usually requested by merchants or building owners through our office. Several considerations are involved when requesting a loading zone. First, if possible, loading should be done from the alley if one is available. If this is not an option, the location and length of the zone, and the hours of use must be determined. If parking is in high demand, we will limit the hours when the zone is active.
Additionally, given the premium on parking spaces throughout our Ward a delivery schedule or invoice referencing delivery volume and frequency is required. An understanding of the delivery volume/frequency of a particular business will aid our office in determining level of need for loading zones. This will also help us to ensure that parking spaces are set aside only for those businesses requiring them and are not being misused.
15 Minute Standing Zones
Standing zones are designated areas in the parking lane for temporary parking. Vehicles parking in standing zones must have their hazard lights flashing while the driver is away from the vehicle. The process for determining a standing zone and approval is similar to that of a loading zone. Active hours of the zone will be limited to your hours of operation. Note that even though the standing zone is placed adjacent to your business, vehicles standing in the zone for the allotted time are not obligated to patronize your business.
Valet zones are special loading zone areas in the parking lane for the operation of a valet service. The process for determining a valet zone and approval is similar to that of a loading zone. Active hours will be limited to the hours of operation of your valet service. If your business establishment wishes to conduct valet services independently on an incidental basis, you must obtain a valet parking service license from the Department of Consumer Services. Otherwise, you must contract a licensed valet operator. Valet operating procedures are outlined in Chapter 4-232 of the Municipal Code of Chicago.
Applications are available at our office. We ask that you submit a completed application, a letter on company letterhead formally requesting the signage and two photos of the proposed location. Further requirements are detailed in the application.
A standing/loading zone ordinance is introduced to the City Council at the discretion of 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack – submission of an application does not guarantee the granting of a standing/loading zone.The analysis of an application will weigh the benefits of placing the zone adjacent to your business versus the disadvantages of the reduction of available street parking in the area. The issuance of a standing/loading zone is a privilege granted by the City of Chicago and not a right of business ownership. Please remember that a standing/loading zone can be utilized by anyone, as long as it is being done so according to the regulations set forth in the Municipal Code.
If the decision is made to proceed with the installation of a standing or loading zone, the Alderman introduces an ordinance to the City Council requesting that the zone be approved. Once introduced, the ordinance goes to the Committee on Traffic Control and Public Safety, and then for final passage at City Council. Upon approval, the Department of Transportation Bureau of Signs and Markings surveys the site and the Chicago Department of Revenue is informed to bill you. Once the initial invoice is paid, the signs can be installed.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the Ward office at (773) 794-3095.
Businesses in the 30th Ward can download and fill out the form below and return to the 30th Ward Service Office at 3348 N. Milwaukee Ave.