CHAPTER 69 PARKING REGULATIONS

North Liberty, IA Code of Ordinances

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CHAPTER 69 PARKING REGULATIONS

BookmarkCHAPTER 69
PARKING REGULATIONS
 
69.01  Park Adjacent to Curb
69.07  Persons With Disabilities Parking
69.02  Park Adjacent to Curb – One-Way Street
69.08  No Parking and Limited Parking Zones
69.03  Angle Parking
69.09  Truck and Trailer Parking Limited
69.04  Angle Parking – Manner
69.10  Snow Emergency
69.05  Parking for Certain Purposes Illegal
69.11  Parking of Unregistered Vehicles
69.06  Parking Prohibited
69.12  Fire Lanes
 

69.01 PARK ADJACENT TO CURB.

Bookmark69.01  PARK ADJACENT TO CURB.
   No person shall stand or park a vehicle in a roadway other than parallel with the edge of the roadway headed in the direction of lawful traffic movement and with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle within eighteen (18) inches of the curb or edge of the roadway except as hereinafter provided in the case of angle parking and vehicles parked on the left-hand side of one-way streets.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.361)

69.02 PARK ADJACENT TO CURB – ONE–-WAY STREET.

Bookmark69.02  PARK ADJACENT TO CURB – ONE–-WAY STREET.
   No person shall stand or park a vehicle on the left-hand side of a one-way street other than parallel with the edge of the roadway headed in the direction of lawful traffic movement and with the left-hand wheels of the vehicle within eighteen (18) inches of the curb or edge of the roadway except as hereinafter provided in the case of angle parking.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.361)

69.03 ANGLE PARKING.

Bookmark69.03  ANGLE PARKING.
   The City Council shall establish by resolution, and cause to be placed and maintained, appropriate parking control devices that limit angle or diagonal parking to designated locations.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.361)

69.04 ANGLE PARKING – MANNER.

Bookmark69.04  ANGLE PARKING – MANNER.
   Upon those streets or portions of streets which have been signed or marked for angle parking, no person shall park or stand a vehicle other than at an angle to the curb or edge of the roadway or in the center of the roadway as indicated by such signs and markings.  No part of any vehicle or the load thereon, when said vehicle is parked within a diagonal parking district, shall extend into the roadway more than a distance of sixteen (16) feet when measured at right angles to the adjacent curb or edge of roadway.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.361)

69.05 PARKING FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES ILLEGAL.

Bookmark69.05  PARKING FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES ILLEGAL.
   No person shall park a vehicle upon public property for more than forty-eight hours, unless otherwise limited under the provisions of this chapter, or for any of the following principal purposes:
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236[1])
   1.   Sale.  Displaying such vehicle for sale;
   2.   Repairing.  For lubricating, repairing or for commercial or private washing of such vehicle except such repairs as are necessitated by an emergency;
   3.   Advertising.  Displaying advertising;
   4.   Merchandise Sales.  Selling merchandise from such vehicle except in a duly established market place or when so authorized or licensed under this Code of Ordinances.

69.06 PARKING PROHIBITED.

Bookmark69.06  PARKING PROHIBITED.
   No one shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a peace officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places:
   1.   Crosswalk.  On a crosswalk.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358[5])
   2.   Center Parkway.  On the center parkway or dividing area of any divided street.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236[1])
   3.   Mailboxes.  Within twenty (20) feet on either side of a mailbox which is so placed and so equipped as to permit the depositing of mail from vehicles on the roadway.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236[1])
   4.   Sidewalks.  On or across a sidewalk.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358[1])
   5.   Driveway.  In front of a public or private driveway.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358[2])
   6.   Intersection.  Within an intersection or within ten (10) feet of an intersection of any street or alley.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358[3])
   7.   Fire Hydrant.  Within five (5) feet of a fire hydrant.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358[4])
   8.   Stop Sign or Signal.  Within ten (10) feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop or yield sign, or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358[6])
   9.   Railroad Crossing.  Within fifty (50) feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing, except when parked parallel with such rail and not exhibiting a red light.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358[8])
   10.   Fire Station.  Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five (75) feet of said entrance when properly sign posted.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358[9])
   11.   Excavations.  Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when such stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358[10])
   12.   Double Parking.  On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358[11])
   13.   Hazardous Locations.  When, because of restricted visibility or when standing or parked vehicles would constitute a hazard to moving traffic, or when other traffic conditions require, the Council may cause curbs to be painted with a yellow color and erect no parking or standing signs.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358[13])
   14.   Churches, Nursing Homes and Other Buildings.  A space of fifty (50) feet is hereby reserved at the side of the street in front of any theatre, auditorium, hotel having more than twenty-five (25) sleeping rooms, hospital, nursing home, taxicab stand, bus depot, church, or other building where large assemblages of people are being held, within which space, when clearly marked as such, no motor vehicle shall be left standing, parked or stopped except in taking on or discharging passengers or freight, and then only for such length of time as is necessary for such purpose.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.360)
   15.   Alleys.  No person shall park a vehicle within an alley in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than ten (10) feet of the width of the roadway for the free movement of vehicular traffic, and no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within an alley in such a position as to block the driveway entrance to any abutting property.  The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to a vehicle parked in any alley which is eighteen (18) feet wide or less; provided said vehicle is parked to deliver goods or services.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236[1])
   16.   Ramps.  In front of a curb cut or ramp which is located on public or private property in a manner which blocks access to the curb cut or ramp.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358[15])
   17.   Area Between Lot Line and Curb Line.  That area of the public way not covered by sidewalk and lying between the lot line and the curb line, where curbing has been installed.
   18.   In More Than One Space.  In any designated parking space so that any part of the vehicle occupies more than one such space or protrudes beyond the markings designating such space.
   19.   Cul-de-Sac.  On that portion of cul-de-sac streets, commonly known as the bulb.
   20.   Construction Areas.  Within areas designated by the City Administrator due to construction activities, public or private, that require special traffic controls on a temporary basis.

69.07 PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES PARKING.

Bookmark69.07  PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES PARKING.
   The following regulations shall apply to the establishment and use of persons with disabilities parking spaces:
   1.   Establishment.  Persons with disabilities parking spaces shall be established and designated in accordance with Chapter 321L of the Code of Iowa and Iowa Administrative Code, 661-18.  No unauthorized person shall establish any on-street persons with disabilities parking space without first obtaining Council approval.
   2.   Improper Use.  The following uses of a persons with disabilities parking space, located on either public or private property, constitute improper use of a persons with disabilities parking permit, which is a violation of this Code of Ordinances:
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321L.4[2])
      A.   Use by an operator of a vehicle not displaying a persons with disabilities parking permit;
      B.   Use by an operator of a vehicle displaying a persons with disabilities parking permit but not being used by a person issued a permit or being transported in accordance with Section 321L.2[1b] of the Code of Iowa;
      C.   Use by a vehicle in violation of the rules adopted under Section 321L.8 of the Code of Iowa.
3.Wheelchair Parking Cones.  No person shall use or interfere with a wheelchair parking cone in violation of the following:
      A.   A person issued a persons with disabilities parking permit must comply with the requirements of Section 321L.2A(1) of the Code of Iowa when utilizing a wheelchair parking cone.
      B.   A person shall not interfere with a wheelchair parking cone which is properly placed under the provisions of Section 321L.2A(1) of the Code of Iowa.

69.08 NO PARKING AND LIMITED PARKING ZONES.

Bookmark69.08  NO PARKING AND LIMITED PARKING ZONES.
   The City Council shall establish by resolution, and cause to be placed and maintained, appropriate parking control devices that prohibit or limit parking at designated locations.  No one shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in any specifically designated no parking or limited parking zones, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the direction of a peace officer or traffic control signal.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236[1])

69.09 TRUCK AND TRAILER PARKING LIMITED.

Bookmark69.09  TRUCK AND TRAILER PARKING LIMITED.
No person shall park a truck, semi-trailer, other motor vehicle with trailer attached, or an unattended trailer in violation of the following regulations.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to pickup, light delivery or panel delivery trucks under five tons gross motor vehicle weight or to those same vehicles with a trailer attached if the combined vehicle and trailer weight is less than five tons.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236[1])
   1.   Commercial Districts.  Excepting only when such vehicles or trailers are actually engaged in construction activities or in the delivery or receiving of merchandise or cargo and off-street parking is not available, no person shall park or leave unattended such vehicle or trailer on any streets within a commercial district.  When actually engaged in construction activities or in the delivery or receiving of merchandise or cargo, such vehicle or trailer shall be stopped or parked in a manner which will not interfere with other traffic.
   2.   Residential Districts.  Excepting only when such vehicles or trailers are actually engaged in construction activities and off-street parking is not available, no person shall park or leave unattended such vehicle or trailer on any streets within a residential district.  When actually engaged in construction activities, such vehicle or trailer shall be stopped or parked in a manner which will not interfere with other traffic.
   3.   Noise.  No such vehicle or trailer shall be left standing or parked upon any street, alley, public or private parking lot, or drive of any service station between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. with the engine, auxiliary engine, air compressor, refrigerating equipment or other device in operation giving off audible sounds excepting only when in the drive of a service station when actually being serviced, and then in no event for more than 30 minutes. 3
   4.   Livestock.  No such vehicle or trailer containing livestock shall be parked on any street, alley, or highway for a period of time of more than 30 minutes.
(Ord. 13-07 - July 13 Supp.)

69.10 SNOW EMERGENCY.

Bookmark69.10  SNOW EMERGENCY.
   The purpose of this section is to provide for a system whereby persons are notified of snow emergencies.  Without such an ordinance, cars remain parked on certain streets and effective plowing is curtailed.  Consequently, parking places are hard to obtain and cars often park too far from the curb, creating a hazard to other motorists.
   1.   A snow emergency shall automatically go into effect when snow accumulation reaches two inches.  At such time as two inches of snow accumulates on City streets, a snow emergency will go into effect and the parking restrictions set forth herein shall be in effect immediately and without further notice.  The City may provide additional notice of the snow emergency as it deems appropriate and necessary.
   2.   In addition to the provision for automatic snow emergency set forth in subsection 1 above, whenever the Mayor determines, on the basis of falling snow, sleet, freezing rain, or on the basis of a credible weather forecast, that weather conditions will make it necessary that motor vehicle traffic be expedited and that parking on City streets be prohibited or restricted for snow plowing or other purposes, the Mayor may declare a snow emergency by notifying the City Clerk. 
   3.   No person shall park, abandon, or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street during an automatic or declared snow emergency.
   4.   An automatic snow emergency shall take effect immediately when snow accumulation reaches two inches.  A declared snow emergency shall take effect at a time set by the Mayor but not earlier than two hours after it is declared.  The Mayor shall declare a snow emergency by notifying the City Clerk, stating the beginning time and, if known, the ending time for the snow emergency.  If the office of the Clerk is closed, the Mayor shall file such notice promptly when the office next is opened during normal business hours.  The Mayor may cancel such declaration or change the beginning or ending time.  Notice shall be given for such cancellations or changes in the same manner as the original snow emergency declaration.  The City Clerk shall ensure that notice of declared snow emergencies is promulgated in a timely manner to the public by all appropriate means, as well as promulgate by the same means the cancellation of any snow emergencies.
   5.   Enforcement and Towing.  Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be subject to criminal prosecution in accordance with Chapter 70 and to civil enforcement in accordance with Chapter 4.  Each 12-hour period that a vehicle is parked or allowed to remain on any street in violation of this section constitutes a separate and distinct offense.  Any vehicles found to be parked where not permitted during a snow emergency may be impounded in accordance with the provisions of Section 70.06.
   6.   Appeal.  A violation of this section may be appealed to the City Administrator within thirty (30) days of the date of the violation and prior to a complaint being filed in District Court.  In the event of a timely appeal, the City Administrator shall conduct a summary review and then either determine that the case will be enforced in accordance with the provisions of this section and Chapter 70 or, in the alternative, order administratively that the case be dismissed.

69.11 PARKING OF UNREGISTERED VEHICLES ILLEGAL.

Bookmark69.11  PARKING OF UNREGISTERED VEHICLES ILLEGAL.
   No person shall stop, stand, or park an unregistered vehicle upon public property.  Only vehicles that are currently registered and have the registration properly displayed on the rear license plate are permitted to be parked on public property.

69.12 FIRE LANES.

Bookmark69.12  FIRE LANES.
   No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle on any designated fire lane that would prevent such fire lane from being immediately accessible to the Fire Department or in any other manner to deter or hinder the Fire Department from gaining immediate access to the fire lane.  In addition to parking being prohibited on fire lanes, any obstructions or structures on fire lanes are illegal and subject to immediate removal by the City without notice.
   1.   The Fire Chief shall establish and designate public and private fire lanes as deemed necessary for the efficient and effective operation of fire vehicles, personnel, and apparatus, subject to approval of the City Administrator.
   2.   The owner of a property with a designated fire lane shall maintain any fire lane as required by the Fire Chief for the purpose of keeping the fire lane clearly marked and identifiable. Such marking, posting, and maintenance shall be at the owner's expense.
   3.   Fire lanes shall be marked by signs, red curbs, or roadway striping.  The design, specifications and placement of markings shall be subject to approval of the Fire Chief.
   4.   Emergency vehicles parked on the established fire lanes shall be exempt from this section.
   5.   A written request to the Fire Chief for temporary parking on a fire lane shall be submitted for approval at least seven days from the requested time period.  With prior approval of the Fire Chief and notice to the Police Chief, such vehicles shall be exempt from this section.
(Ord. 11-04 - July 11 Supp.)

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  See also Section 77.07 – Motorized Vehicle Operation on Private Property.
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