Send an email to brad@chicago47.org with the following information for a proposed loading or standing zone:

  • Type of business & purpose for a standing or loading zone
  • Address & exact location
  • Type of zone
  • Length in feet (20’ is the standard length, which fits 1 vehicle)
  • Days & hours of operation
  • Details about any other existing standing or loading zones on the block

The pricing calculation is:

  • $110 installation fee per zone
  • $110 annual maintenance fee for 20 feet (plus $50 per foot beyond 20 feet)
  • $1,000 to move meter box

Official application form: https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/cdot/LoadingStandingZones/APPLICATION.pdf

More info on the process and FAQs: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/provdrs/traffic_signals_andstreetlights/svcs/loading-zones-and-standing-zones.html

Our office will reach out to the local neighborhood groups and chamber of commerce to vet the proposed zone. If the request is approved, Ald. Pawar will then write up a letter of support before the business also submits a completed official application form and a copy of the receipt for the $55 application fee.  Payments can be made at 2550 W Addison (Finance Payment Center) and all 3 documents (application, letter of support, receipt) can be emailed to newloadingzones@cityofchicago.org  The entire process (from initial proposal to installation) takes approximately 3-6 months.

Loading Zone vs. Standing Zone

Loading zones are designated areas in the curb lane for the loading and unloading of deliveries by commercial vehicles only and for momentary passenger pick-up and drop-off. The days of the week and hours of operation are posted on the signs; outside of these hours, any vehicle can park there (abiding by any other posted restrictions, including paying for metered parking). Any commercial vehicle can utilize any loading zone for up to 30 minutes.

Standing zones (either a 15 or 30 minute zone) are meant for short-term customer parking for drop-offs or pick-ups; this requires that the hazard lights be flashing at all times up to the designated time limit during the restricted hours. There is usually no parking meter in this scenario and anybody can park in the zone outside the times of operation as posted on the signs.

Even if one party pays for a loading or standing zone, it may be used by a vehicle using another party’s business. It is illegal to post additional signage in the public way designating that the zone is reserved solely for your business. And if a vehicle is “parked” (i.e., where there is no evidence of loading or unloading), in a standing or loading zone during the times of operation, the vehicle is subject to a ticket.