Part of the charm of any downtown is that there are so many stores, restaurants and businesses located close together, creating an interesting sidewalk culture and 24/7 activity. This also means we need to do our best to accommodate the needs of delivery vehicles. The current delivery policies were designed so that delivery vehicles could load and unload without monopolizing parking spaces best used by our customers. If you are a District merchant, distributor or delivery company, please click here to see our most important safety guidelines for truck deliveries.
Here are some additional tips not featured on the info sheet above that, if followed, will make deliveries run even smoother:
- Always use a marked vehicle for deliveries. Parking enforcement has different rules for official delivery vehicles than they do for someone running in for a quick cup of coffee (regardless of how necessary that coffee is).
- Businesses may park in the alley only if they are obviously loading and unloading. Do not leave your vehicle unattended or you will receive a ticket. This means you may carry something into your store, set it down inside, and then immediately move your car.
- Smaller delivery trucks and delivery vehicles are encouraged to use the east-west running public alleys for loading and unloading. This will get your truck out of traffic and closer to the back entrances of stores and restaurants.
- Larger delivery vehicles should pull as far to the right of the street as possible for loading and unloading. Temporary double parking is allowed in this case, although blocking cars from entering or leaving a metered spot is never acceptable.
- For larger trucks in particular, don’t park directly across the street from another delivery truck. Customers need at least one free lane to maneuver around you.
- On Broadway, larger delivery trucks should park in the middle of the street, down the center divider.
- Loading and unloading should be done as quickly as possible. Parking and idling an engine for a long period of time is not only noisy for those in surrounding stores and restaurants but the exhaust fumes can wreak havoc on someone’s sidewalk cafe business. This means coming when staff is available to open the doors for you.
- If possible, try to avoid large deliveries during peak times—deliveries made during the morning and evening rush hours and during lunch time will tie up visitor traffic unnecessarily.
- Even if you are loading and unloading, if you park in a metered spot, you must pay the meter.