Parking garages are structures designed for parking multiple vehicles, with different designs and locations. They can be basic covered lots or multi-level garages with ramps. Some are directly connected to buildings like apartments or malls, and fees are usually charged based on hourly or flat rates.
A parking garage is any building or structure that is designed for the purpose of parking multiple cars, trucks, and other vehicles. These garages are built in places where it is necessary to park a large number of vehicles at the same time. There are many different designs for parking lots and they can be built in a wide variety of locations.
The most basic types of parking lots are simply covered parking lots with a roof, which can be convenient in inclement weather, but are usually limited in the number of cars that can park. A more common type of parking lot has two or more levels on which a driver can park their car, including the roof. The way they are usually built is with a series of ramps, with entire levels being built on a slope so that cars can drive to the different levels with relative ease.
A parking garage can be built so that it is directly connected to the building for which it is intended. Common examples of how parking garages like this can be built are when they are part of an apartment complex, shopping mall, or office building. Garages are usually built adjacent to the building, but are often built into the base of the structure. In some cases, the garage has been built up considerably from where people park their cars, resulting in drivers having to take a bus or shuttle to their destination. These are usually in places like airports that have large numbers of people who need to park on a daily basis, and sometimes also have to leave their cars parked there for long periods of time.
There may or may not be a fee charged for parking a car in a parking garage, but most often an hourly rate is charged not to exceed a daily limit. Some garages also offer monthly or annual rates, where a flat fee is charged for unlimited use within the term paid. For garages that are part of apartment complexes, these charges are sometimes covered by the rent, or there may be a fee charged for each car the tenant must park.