Skip to main content
This section is included in your selections.

A. Applicability

The provisions of this section apply to:

1. New development.

2. New uses locating in an existing development, as required in Section 27.7.B.2.

3. Any expansion of an existing use or any addition of a new use to an existing development, as required in Section 27.7.B.3.

((O)22-01, 01/05/22)

B. General Regulations

All buildings hereafter erected or established shall have and maintain loading spaces as determined by the Town Engineer subject to conditions herein.

1. No part of an alley or street, including public walkways and fire lanes, shall be used for loading or maneuvering unless so approved by the Town Engineer and Planning and Zoning Administrator.

2. No loading space that is provided in an approved development shall hereafter be eliminated, reduced or converted unless equivalent facilities are provided elsewhere.

3. All required loading spaces shall be located on the same lot or within the same center as the use served.

4. Use of Loading Space: A loading space shall not be used for the repair, storage, or dismantling of vehicles or to satisfy the area requirements for off-street parking and no general storage.

5. Mixed Uses: If there are mixed uses, the total requirements for off-street loading spaces are the sum of the individual requirements of the various uses.

6. Modification of Requirements: The Town Engineer and Planning and Zoning Administrator may reduce the number and location of required loading spaces where multiple uses exist within a center and a shared off-street loading space(s) can serve more than one (1).

((O)22-01, 01/05/22; (O)11-15, 05/18/11)

C. Design Standards

1. Required off-street loading spaces shall be located:

a. On the same lot or within the same center and no further than one hundred (100) feet from the building served.

b. No closer than thirty (30) feet to any property used, zoned, or designated by the General Plan, for residential purposes.

2. Dimensions:

a. A required loading space for commercial, institutional, or office use shall be at least twelve (12) feet wide by thirty-five (35) feet in length, exclusive of aisle and maneuvering space, and shall have a vertical clearance of fifteen (15) feet.

b. A required loading space for an industrial use shall be a minimum of twelve (12) feet by forty-five (45) feet in length with a minimum height clearance of fifteen (15) feet.

3. Access: Each loading space shall be accessible from a street or from an aisle or drive connecting with a street. Such access may be combined with access to a parking lot if designed in a manner that will not disrupt normal traffic flow. Access to loading spaces shall not be blocked by other loading spaces, stacked goods, permanent or movable structures of any type including trash receptacles or compactors, nor shall any loading space interfere with any fire exit or emergency access or fire lanes.

4. Prohibited Location: No loading space shall be located within the right-of-way of any street, access or perimeter drive, parking area access lane (PAAL), roadway, or public alley, or in any designated off-street parking area. At no time shall any part of a truck or van be allowed into a public thoroughfare or right-of-way while the truck or van is being loaded or unloaded.

5. Maneuvering: Adequate off-street maneuvering area shall be provided on site and not within any public street right-of-way.

6. Accessibility: All loading spaces shall be accessible at all times from a street, alley, or driveway intended to serve such off-street loading areas. Access to loading areas may be provided by way of designated off-street parking areas using only marked aisles for such access. If access to loading spaces involves the utilization of off-street parking areas, no interference of any type shall be permitted in terms of the normal use and function of said off-street parking lot, and no designated off-street parking area or space shall be infringed upon at any time for the movement of any vehicle waiting to gain access to said loading space.

7. Enclosure of Loading Space: Required off-street loading space may be partially or entirely enclosed within a building, provided the building meets all the requirements pertaining to required setbacks.

8. Screening: The Oro Valley Landscaping Standards shall apply.

9. Lighting: Lighting in a loading area, if installed, shall be in accordance with Section 27.5.

10. Surfacing: An outdoor loading space shall be surfaced in such a manner as to make it weatherproof and dust-proof in accordance with the provisions of Section 27.7.H.2.c, Surfacing.

((O)22-01, 01/05/22)

D. Off-Street Loading Required

1. Retail establishments, restaurants, industrial, manufacturing, warehouse, wholesale uses, freight terminals or hospitals having an aggregate gross floor area of five thousand (5,000) square feet or more.

Table 27-17. Off-Street Loading

Gross Floor Area

Number of Spaces

Square feet

5,000 – 24,999


25,000 – 49,999


50,000 – 99,999


100,000 – 174,999


175,000 – 249,999


For each additional seventy-five thousand (75,000) square feet (or fraction thereof) of gross floor area, one (1) additional loading space shall be provided.

2. Public assembly uses, such as auditoriums, and hotels.

Table 27-18. Off-Street Loading

Gross Floor Area

Number of Spaces

Square feet

5,000 – 24,999


30,000 – 129,999


130,000 – 229,999


For each additional one hundred thousand (100,000) square feet (or fraction thereof) of gross floor area, one (1) additional loading space shall be provided.

3. Office uses shall provide one (1) loading space for the first five thousand (5,000) to one hundred thousand (100,000) square feet with one (1) additional loading space for each additional one hundred thousand (100,000) square feet of floor area or fraction thereof.

4. Office uses may, in lieu of providing loading spaces as per the above, provide loading space for deliveries within the passenger drop-off area; provided, that the drive aisle is a minimum of thirty (30) feet in width or a loading zone may be designated and marked within the parking lot.

((O)22-01, 01/05/22)