What is AREA?

The AREA system was set up in Barcelona in May of 2005. It is a comprehensive road-side parking management system in which all parking spaces within the regulated zone are distributed —using a priority system— and regulated by a system of regulations and tariffs.

This comprehensive system of regulation has the effect of discouraging travel to the regulated zone, thus reducing stresses on the transit system. The regulations are only in force during the day, meaning that the deterrent effect only occurs during the daytime, it is not needed during evenings and on public holidays.

Àrea Verda uses different types of spaces: blue, green, residents-only green, loading and unloading, motorcycles, coaches and others (reserved spaces etc.).

The goals of AREA are as follows:

To reduce the volume of traffic and congestion in the centre of the city, which historically was in a negative trend.

To reduce poor street-parking habits (double parking, parking on pavements etc.), which reduced the efficacy of the road network and affected pedestrian and road safety in general.

To improve the distribution of on-street parking spaces in order to maximise usability.


To provide parking for residents in zones where this was lacking.

To improve the quality of the environment through the reduction of exhaust emissions and noise pollution.


Fiscal Ordinance 3.12 and Fiscal Ordinance 3.1, adopted by the Plenary of the City Council, establishing the rules of use and the tariffs for different types of places and uses.