Chapter 17.54


17.54.010    Berth requirements designated.

17.54.020    Standards.

17.54.010 Berth requirements designated.

Every hotel, office building, restaurant, department store, freight terminal or railroad yard, hospital or sanitarium, long-term care facility, industrial plant, manufacturing establishment, retail establishment, storage warehouse or wholesale establishment, and all other structures devoted to similar mercantile or industrial pursuits, which have an aggregate gross floor area of 25,000 square feet or more shall provide off-street truck loading or unloading berths in accordance with Table 17.54‑1.

Table 17.54-1

Off-Street Loading Berth Requirements

Square Feet of Development1

Required Berths

25,000 to 40,000 square feet


40,001 to 100,000 square feet


100,001 to 160,000 square feet


160,001 to 240,000 square feet


240,001 to 320,000 square feet


320,001 to 400,000 square feet


400,001 to 490,000 square feet


1    For each additional 90,000 square feet of development over 490,000 square feet, add one berth.

(Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.54.020 Standards.

All off-street loading facilities shall conform to the following standards:

A. Each loading berth shall be not less than 45 feet in length and 12 feet in width, exclusive of aisle or maneuvering space, and shall have an overhead clearance of not less than 14 feet.

B. Such space may occupy all or any part of any required yard space, except front and exterior side yards, and shall not be located closer than 50 feet to any lot in any residential zone unless enclosed on all sides except the entrance by a wall not less than eight feet in height.

C. Sufficient room for turning and maneuvering vehicles shall be provided on the site so that vehicles shall cross a property line only by driving forward.

D. Each loading berth shall be accessible from a street or alley, or from an aisle or drive connecting with a street or alley.

E. Entrance from and exits to street and alleys shall be designated to minimize traffic congestion.

F. The loading area, aisles and access drives shall be paved so as to provide a durable, dustless surface and shall be graded and drained so as to dispose of surface water without damage to private or public properties, streets or alleys.

G. Bumper rails shall be provided at locations where needed for safety or to protect property.

H. If the loading area is illuminated, lighting shall be deflected away from abutting residential sites so as to cause no annoying glare.

I. No repair work or servicing of vehicles shall be conducted in a loading area.

J. Off-street loading facilities shall be located on the same site with the use for which the berths are required.

K. If more than one use is located on a site, the number of loading berths provided shall be equal to the sum of the requirements prescribed in this chapter for each use. If more than one use is located on a site, and the gross floor area of each use is less than the minimum for which loading berths are required, but the aggregate gross floor area is greater than the minimum for which loading berths are required, off-street loading berths shall be provided as if the aggregate gross floor area were used for the use requiring the greatest number of loading berths.

L. Off-street loading facilities for a single use shall not be considered as providing required off-street loading facilities for any other use.

M. At the time of initial occupancy, major alterations or enlargement of a site, or of completion of construction of a structure, there shall be provided off-street loading berth requirements. The number of loading berths provided for a major alteration or enlargement of a site or structure shall be in addition to the number of existing loading berths prior to the alteration or enlargement.

N. Space allocated to any off-street loading berth shall not be used to satisfy the space requirements for any off-street parking facility. (Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).