European Standard Parking Award
The European Parking Standard Award (ESPA) is instituted by the European Parking Association to improve the quality of service, provided by the parking industry to its customers. Car parks compliant to the ESPA invite visitors to enter and leave their car in a trustworthy environment. The ESPA is granted to public accessible car parks that meet a set of requirements of quality to provide safe and comfortable parking service to the visitors.

In addition to the ESPA award an ESPA Gold award has been defined for exceptional quality of service.

The Standard has been completely revised and updated by an international EPA task group in the year 2014.

Download here the self-calculating ESPA excel checklist (version 23 - update August 9, 2016)
Download here the manual for the ESPA excel checklist

  • mandatory minimum conditions
  • lighting
  • entry/exit
  • parking areas
  • pedestrian routes
  • ramps
  • wayfinding
  • security equipment
  • comfort


    The European Standard Parking Award can be obtained by car parks that gain a required minimum of points on the check list. The check list is available at the Secretariat or can be downloaded below from this website.

    The European Parking Association has delegated the judgement and presentation of the ESPA to the national parking associations. Thus operators who are interested in obtaining an ESPA for their object should contact their national association. The national associations are requested to order the plaquettes at the Secretariat and to inform the Secretariat about the names and adress of the awarded car park.

    list of car parks that have been awarded with the ESPA

    Plaquettes are made from acryl glass, measurements are 39,5 cm by 29,5 cm by 1 cm with four circular holes including four stainless steel mounting parts.

    The price is 200,00 EUR a piece incl. shipping costs.

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