User:Subs5/Parking Lot Area Naming

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If a parking facility or area has a documented identity, such as Beach Street Garage, 18th Avenue/Geary Lot, Lot 7 - <Stadium name>, Short-Term Parking - <Airport name>, Cell Phone Lot - <Airport name>, etc., its Place should reflect that name to facilitate searches. Generic park-and-ride lots should be named consistently according to local custom, for example as Park & Ride.

The foundational guidance for naming a PLA when the lot serves another entity, is to follow this basic format:
[Parking Descriptor] <restrictions> - [Entity served]
The framework is not recursive. In other words, there is only one business served in any lot name, and the rest of the name is the descriptor. As a rule the descriptor will always have a word in it identifying it as parking, e.g. parking, garage, or lot. The descriptor can be:

  • Completely generic - For single-business - single-lot
Parking - Starbucks
  • Purpose descriptive - Where there is only one lot of the type
Customer Parking - Office Depot, Employee Parking - Office Depot, Visitor Parking - LSU Eunice, Employee Parking - MSY [airport]
  • Location descriptive - Where more than one lot serve the same purpose for the same place
Southeast Lot - Big Hill Shopping Center, Macy's Lot - Big Hill Shopping Center, Grand Blvd Lot - Big Hill Shopping Center, Target Garage - Big Hill Shopping Center, Dillard's South Lot - Big Hill Shopping Center, North Lot - Offices at Buildingtown Plaza
  • Named - Where the lot is given an official name
Garage 2A - Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Credit Card Lot - MSY

Examples link to this section

If a Parking Lot Area Place is contained within a larger Area Place, do not repeat the larger Area's full name. For example, if the Domestic Garage is contained within the "SFO San Francisco International Airport" Area Place boundaries, it need not be named "SFO San Francisco International Airport Domestic Garage"; "Domestic Garage - SFO" is sufficient.

If a mall or shopping center has several lots which can be associated with various anchor stores in the mall/shopping center, the lots can be named for the anchor stores. For example: "Macy's Lot - Big Hill Shopping Center"

In rare cases, a municipality or district provides public parking distinct from any other Area Place but without any documented or signed identity. These can be named after the municipality or district, for example, "Redwood City Public Parking". Do not use completely generic names such as "Parking" or "Public Parking" for anonymous parking facilities.

A block range or specific address should not be used to name a lot. If the lot does not have an official and/or signed name, then leave the name blank, and be sure to add the address details in the address field. Some imported PLAs were created with the address or address block range as the name, these names should be removed accordingly. Check your local guidance for any variations.

NOTE: It is very important if there is no name for the lot that there be a proper address in the address field. If you don't know the exact address you should at least put the street the main entrance is on, and - if you can - an approximate house number. The address is needed to be displayed in the search results, and differentiate the lot from all the others. Users can see the address displayed, and know which lot it is when viewing the results list.

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If there are posted signs restricting the lot to only one certain category of users (e.g. Customers, Residents, Staff, Attendees, Permit Holders, Faculty, Students, etc.) ONLY, then put that restriction in the name. If the lot is restricted to more than one category of users, then put "(restricted access)" in the name. Also put the details of the restriction in the description.

Omit the restriction in the name if it is self-explanatory (e.g., Parking - Starbucks, is obviously for Starbucks patrons only).


  • Lot D (attendees only) - Cheery Stadium
  • Alpha Lot (permit only) - StudyHard University Parking allowed by permit only ( even if permits are available to multiple groups (eg for Students, and Faculty)
  • 123 Somewhere St Lot (residents only)
  • Bravo Lot (restricted access) - StudyHard University Parking allowed for Students, and Faculty ONLY
  • 345 Other St Lot (restricted access) Parking allowed for resident, guests, and staff