Division 3 - Permit Parking

Section 25-290. Purposes of System

In order to reduce hazardous traffic conditions resulting from the use of streets within areas zoned for residential uses for the parking of vehicles by persons not residing therein; to protect those areas from polluted air, excessive noise, trash, and refuse caused by the entry of such vehicles; to protect the residents of those areas from unreasonable burdens in gaining access to their residences; to preserve the residential character of those areas; to promote efficiency in the maintenance of those streets in a clean and safe condition; to preserve the value of the property in those areas, and to preserve the safety of children and other pedestrians in traffic safety, and the peace, good order, comfort, convenience and welfare of the inhabitants of the city; it is necessary to establish a system of permit parking. (Code 1959, Section 20-142.2; Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1 (20-142.2), January 22, 1980)

Section 25-291. Definition

For the purposes of this division, the term "resident" shall be deemed to mean a person who customarily resides and maintains a place of abode within the permit parking district, or who owns realty abutting a street or public way within such a district upon which a dwelling intended for human habitation is located. (Code 1959, Section 20-142.2(b); Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1 (20-142.2(b)), January 22, 1980)

Section 25-292. Violations

  1. Any person violating the provisions of this division shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than $10, nor more than $50 for each offense.
  2. In any prosecution charging a violation of this division, proof that the vehicle described in the complaint, summons or warrant was parked in violation of this ordinance, together with proof that the defendant was at the time of such parking the registered owner of the vehicle, as required by the Code of Virginia, Chapter 3 (Section 46.1-41, et seq.). shall constitute in evidence a prima facie presumption that such registered owner of the vehicle was the person who parked the vehicle at the place where, and for the time during which, such violation occurred.
  3. If any person transfers, or allows others to use or possess any parking permit issued to them, or gives false answers upon application therefor, or uses or continues to use such parking permit after termination or expiration thereof by expiration of time or operation of law or cessation of residence, or violates any of the terms, conditions, rules or regulations applicable to same, such person shall be guilty of a class 4 misdemeanor. (Code 1959, Section 20-142.2(e); Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1 (20-142.2(e)), January 22, 1980)

Section 25-293. Designation of Area

Should the city manager, based upon studies conducted by the city traffic engineer, ascertain that parking spaces on the streets within a particular residential area or a distinct portion of such residential area, not less than the lesser 360 feet or one city block, unless the street in such district is abutted by unimproved land, in which case said minimum lengths shall not apply, are used for the consistent parking of vehicles not belonging to the residents of the particular area to such an extent as to create congestion, excessive noise, air pollution, and cause the residents of such areas unreasonable burdens in gaining access to their residences and that through a petition to the city signed by a majority of the contiguous property owners to the streets of such area, or portion thereof, desire the establishment of such area as a permit parking area, then the city manager shall establish such area as a permit parking district. The issuance of a permit does not guarantee an on-street parking space will be available. (Code 1959, Section 20-142.2(a); Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1 (20-142.2(a)), January 22, 1980; Ordinance Number O-81-165, Section 1, 8-11-81; Ordinance Number O-09-123, 10-13-09, eff. January 1, 2010)

Section 25-294. Appeal from Designation

Any resident of a permit parking district area may appeal the decision of the city manager to the city council. Notice of appeal shall be in writing and filed within thirty (30) days after the decision is rendered by the city manager. (Code 1959, Section 142.2(a); Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1 (20-142.2(a)), January 22, 1980)

Section 25-295. Exceptions

The parking prohibitions of this division shall not apply to service or delivery vehicles which are being used to provide services to or make deliveries to residents of the permit parking district. (Code 1959, Section 20-142.2(c); Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1 (20-142.2(c), January 22, 1980))

Section 25-296. Permit Required

Unless a parking permit, validly issued pursuant to regulations contained in or adopted pursuant to this division, be properly displayed, no vehicle shall be parked upon any street or public way within a permit district. (Code 1959, Section 20-142.2(b); Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1(20-142.2(b)), January 22, 1980)

Section 25-297. Application for Permit

Permanent residents within a permit parking district may apply to the billings and collections division for a permit to park their vehicle(s) upon the streets or public ways of the permit parking district in which such applicant resides. (Code 1959, Section 20-142.2(b); Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1(20-142.2(b)), January 22, 1980; Ordinance Number O-09-123, 10-13-09, eff. January 1, 2010)

Section 25-298. Permit Fees

A fee of $15 shall be charged each resident for the issuance of one parking permit, and a fee of fifteen dollars ($15) shall be charged each resident for each additional or replacement permit, such fee to be used by the city to defray the cost of the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this division. (Code 1959, Section 20-142.2(b); Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1(20-142.2(b)), January 22, 1980; Ordinance Number O-90-093, 3-27-90, eff. 7-1-90; Ordinance Number O-09-123, 10-13-09, eff. January 1, 2010)

Section 25-299. Issuance

Upon proof that the applicant for a permit required by the provisions of this division is a resident of the permit parking district, a parking permit shall be issued for each vehicle owned by such applicant. (Code 1959, Section 20-142.2(b); Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1(20-142.2(b)), January 22, 1980)

Section 25-300. Duration

Permits issued under the provisions of this division shall be valid for a period of one year. (Code 1959, Section 20-142.2(b); Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1(20-142.2(b)), January 22, 1980; Ordinance Number O-81-165, Section 1, 8-11-81)

Section 25-301. Nontransferable

A permit issued under the provisions of this division shall be personal, nonassignable and nontransferable. Each such permit shall be valid only for a specifically prescribed vehicle. (Code 1959, Section 20-142.2(b); Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1(20-142.2(b)), January 22, 1980)

Section 25-302. Visitor Passes

Each household shall receive two visitor passes at no additional charge. (Code 1959, Section 20-142.2(b); Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1(20-142.2(b)), January 22, 1980; Ordinance Number O-96-297, 11-12-96; Ordinance Number O-09-193, 10-13-09, eff. January 1, 2010)

Section 25-303. Signs

The city manager or his duly designated representative shall cause appropriate signs to be placed upon all streets of the permit parking district, such signs to be of such character as to readily inform an ordinarily observant person of the existence of the parking prohibition within said district. (Code 1959, Section 20-142.2(d); Ordinance of 3-13-79; Ordinance Number O-80-024, Section 1(20-142.2(d)), January 22, 1980)

Section 25-304. Permit Parking in Certain Designated Areas of Church & Court Streets

  1. In order to protect the residents of certain designated areas of Church and Court streets that do not have off street parking from unreasonable burdens in gaining access to their residence and in order to promote traffic safety and the peace, good order, comfort, convenience and welfare of the inhabitance of the city, the city finds that it is necessary to establish a system of permit parking for residents of business districts.
  2. For purposes of this section the term "resident" shall be deemed to mean a person that resides and maintains a place of abode within a business district and does not have off street parking for their vehicle.
  3. A resident in a business district that does not have off street parking for their vehicle may apply to the billings and collections division for a parking permit to park their vehicle in the public streets adjoining their residence in the business district in which they live without regard to the normal restrictions on the length of parking time. Two permit(s) shall be issued for each residential lot.
  4. The parking permit shall be displayed from the rear view mirror of the vehicle in such a manner that it may be viewed from the front and rear of the vehicle. When there is no rear view mirror the permit shall be displayed on the vehicle dashboard. The permit shall not be displayed from the rear view mirror while the vehicle is in motion. If the permit is not properly displayed the normal restrictions on the length of permitted parking time shall apply.
  5. A fee of $15 shall be charged for each permit issued or each replacement permit. The fees will be used by the city to defray the cost of the Administration and enforcement of the provisions of this section.
  6. Permits issued under this section are valid only on the vehicle for which they are issued and shall be valid for a period of one year.
  7. The person shall not transfer or allow another person to use or possess any parking permit issued to them or continue to use a permit after its termination or expiration or give false information upon application for the permit. Nor shall any person use a permit to park upon the public streets in any business district except for the public streets adjoining their residence.
  8. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $250. In addition the parking permit of such person shall be terminated by the billings and collections division. (Ordinance Number O-96-125, 5-14-96; Ordinance Number O-09-123, 10-13-09, eff. January 1, 2010)

Section 25-305. Permit Parking in the Central Business District (CBD)

(a) In order to protect residents of the central business districts who do not have off-street parking from unreasonable burdens in gaining access to their residences and in order to promote traffic safety and the peace, good order, comfort, convenience and welfare of the inhabitance of the city, the city finds that it is necessary to establish a system of permit parking for residents of the central business district.

(b) Residents who live in the central business district (CBD-designated as that area of downtown from Fifth Street to the Route 29 Business Expressway and from Clay Street to the riverfront) or residential property owners may apply for a CBD residential parking permit. The permit will allow residents to park in an assigned city off street parking facility closest to their residence 24 per day, seven days per week. Approval will be based on parking spaces availability. The cost for the first permit shall be $25 per month. Each additional permit shall cost $50 per month. Proof of residence is required and maybe satisfied by a copy of a current lease/mortgage document reflecting the residential address, a valid Virginia driver's license reflecting the residential address or current vehicle registration.

(c) A resident shall not transfer or allow another person to use or possess any parking permit issued to them or continue to use a permit after its termination or expiration or give false information upon application for the permit. Nor shall any person use a permit to park upon the public streets in the central business district.

(d) Permits issued under this section are valid only on the vehicle for which they are issued and shall be valid for a period of one year.

(e) Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $250. In addition the parking permit of such person shall be terminated by the billings and collections division. (Ordinance Number O-09-123, 10-13-09, eff. January 1, 2010)

Sections 25-306, 25-309. Reserved