The European Standard Parking Award Off-Street

The European Standard Parking Award Off-Street (ESPA Off-Street) 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 Off-Street invite visitors to enter and leave their car in a trustworthy environment. The ESPA Off-Street 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.

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

In addition to the ESPA Off-Street award an ESPA Off-Street 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.

The European Standard Parking Award Off-Street 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. The European Parking Association has delegated the judgement and presentation of the ESPA to its full members, the national parking associations. Thus operators who are interested in obtaining an ESPA Off-Street for their object should contact their national parking association. The national associations are requested to order the signs at the Secretariat and to inform the Secretariat about the name and adress of the awarded car park. Signs 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 for a sign is 200,00 EUR a piece incl. shipping costs for national parking associations that are full members in the EPA. 

Download the self-calculating ESPA checklist v24 update December 3, 2019

Download the manual for the ESPA checklist

Download the list of car parks that have been awarded with the ESPA Off-Street