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Accessible Parking Rules

Any facility offering parking for employees or visitors must provide accessible parking for individuals with disabilities. See the table at the bottom of this page to determine how many accessible spaces are required for a particular parking lot.

Accessible Parking Space Definition

An accessible parking space consists of a vehicle space with proper signage, and a blue-striped access aisle. The entire space must be kept clear of obstructions at all times, including ice, snow, shopping carts, trash cans, potted racks, seasonal garden displays, bicycle racks, etc.

Sign Details

The bottom of the lowest sign shall be a minimum of 60 inches from the pavement. Signs may be mounted higher for better visibility. Standard and van-accessible parking space signs must state, “RESERVED PARKING” and include the Universal Symbol of Accessibility. Supplemental signage must state, “UNAUTHORIZED PARKING MANDATES $100 FEE”. A van-accessible parking space must state, “VAN ACCESSIBLE”. Please view the signs below:


ADA Parking Sign

Location and Route

Accessible parking spaces must be located on the shortest accessible route of travel to an accessible facility entrance. Where buildings have multiple accessible entrances with adjacent parking, the accessible parking spaces must be dispersed and located closest to the accessible entrances. An accessible route never has curbs or stairs, must be at least 3 feet wide, and has a firm, stable, slip-resistant surface. The slope along the accessible route should not be greater than 1:20 in the direction of travel.

City of Fargo Ordinance

Section 8-1003(K) regulates parking in spaces designated for mobility-impaired persons. Unauthorized parking in a space designated for mobility-impaired persons carries a $100 fee.

An entity that fails to comply with signage and pavement markings is guilty of an infraction ($500 fine) if the entity does not correct such violations within sixty (60) days after receiving official notice thereof. Fargo’s ordinance follows state law. See N.D.C.C. 39-01-15(9), 39-01-15(10), and 39-01-15(12).

Re-Striping Parking Lots

When a business re-stripes a parking lot, it must provide accessible parking spaces as required by the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. In addition, businesses or privately owned facilities that provide goods or services to the public have a continuing ADA obligation to remove barriers to access in existing parking lots when it is readily achievable to do so.



This information was compiled by the Metro Area Mayors Committee for People with Disabilities, 701.298.4489.

For questions, please contact the ADA Coordinator, Fargo Buildings and Grounds, at 701.241.1480.