Chapter 3.09
PARKING REGULATIONS -- SNOHOMISH COUNTY PARKING FACILITIES AND POLICIES

Sections:

3.09.010    General provisions.

3.09.015    Definitions.

3.09.020    Regulations - Applicable to manner of use of facilities.

3.09.030    Executive authorized to manage parking facilities.

3.09.040    Advisory committee.

3.09.050    Remedies/Penalties/Appeals.

3.09.060    Repealed.

3.09.070    Repealed.

3.09.080    Employee parking in county-owned parking facilities.

3.09.090    Repealed.

3.09.100    Repealed.

*Prior history: Resos. adopted 10-1-73 and 8-30-76. Res. 79-246. Ords. 91-089, 93-055, and 94-008.

3.09.010 General provisions.

Permission to use and occupy county parking facilities is contingent upon a vehicle owner’s consent to abide by the rules and regulations adopted by the county pursuant to this chapter including the remedies specified for failure to comply with regulations, which consent, express or implied, shall be evidenced by operation of a vehicle within the facilities.

(Ord. 97-101 § 2, Dec. 17, 1997, Eff date Dec. 29, 1997).

3.09.015 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(1) "Carpool" means a group of two or more county employees who share a private vehicle for commuting to and from work.

(2) ""Vanpool" means a group of 3 or more county employees who commute to and from work in a van provided by a public transit agency or the county.

(3) "Employee festival parking" means employee parking where the employee has the right to park within a designated parking area but does not have a right to a specific parking stall.

(Ord. 97-101 § 3, Dec. 17, 1997, Eff date Dec. 29, 1997; Amended by Ord. 09-149, Feb. 17, 2010, Eff date March 6, 2010).

3.09.020 Regulations - Applicable to manner of use of facilities.

(1) No vehicle shall be driven at a speed in excess of 10 miles per hour.

(2) Movement in and through the facility shall conform to painted or posted directional arrows and other traffic regulatory signs.

(Ord. 97-101 § 4, Dec. 17, 1997, Eff date Dec. 29, 1997).

3.09.030 Executive authorized to manage parking facilities.

(1) The executive shall manage all county owned or leased parking facilities. This authority includes but is not limited to: designation of areas for types of parking, including but not limited to visitor parking, departmental cars, employee assigned parking, employee festival parking, employee carpool an vanpool parking, and parking for disabled persons.

(2) The executive shall adopt written policies which address the following:

(a) The assignment of parking;

(b) The use of all parking stalls;

(c) Conduct of persons using the parking facilities;

(d) Improper parking;

(e) Other matters necessary for the safe, efficient, or orderly operation of the parking facilities.

(3) The executive shall propose for council approval by motion a schedule of fees for parking that is consistent with the requirements of SCC 3.98.040.

(Ord. 97-101 § 5, Dec. 17, 1997, Eff date Dec. 29, 1997; Amended by Ord. 09-149, Feb. 17, 2010, Eff date March 6, 2010).

3.09.040 Advisory committee.

The executive shall establish a parking advisory committee to advise the executive regarding those areas of parking policy placed under the executive’s authority by this chapter. The executive shall determine the members, duties, terms of office, and all other matters concerning the organization and operation of the advisory committee.

(Ord. 97-101 § 6, Dec. 17, 1997, Eff date Dec. 29, 1997).

3.09.050 Remedies/Penalties/Appeals.

(1) Upon failure of any individual to comply with parking regulations established pursuant to this chapter, the executive may, take action to:

(a) Revoke the individual’s permission to use and occupy any county parking facility for the purpose of parking a vehicle. Under such circumstance the executive shall refund any unused portions of a parking fee or stall rent paid;

(b) Have the individual’s vehicle removed from the premises and stored at a towing lot. The county shall not be liable for the cost of the towing and storage or the acts of the towing operator;

(c) As an alternative to having the vehicle removed from the premises the executive may affix restraints to prevent the moving of the vehicle until the individual returns to the parking facility. Charges for the removal of such restraints are hereby set at $20 per removal;

(d) Issue a fine not to exceed $20 per violation.

(2) Any person who parks or leaves a vehicle in any county parking facility in an area other than that posted or otherwise designated for his/her use, or for a period in excess of that posted or provided in this chapter, or after his/her permission to use the facility or any part thereof has been revoked shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $100.00. Each person shall be guilty of a separate offense for each and every day during any portion of which any violation of this section is committed, and any such person shall be punished accordingly.

(3) Any person who fails or refuses to pay the charges or penalties authorized by 3.09.050(1) shall be subject to civil suit in a court of competent jurisdiction for their collection and in addition thereto for reasonable attorney fees and costs of court. The charges, penalties, attorney fees and costs shall be collectable by the same means as any other civil judgment.

(4) Any person against whom fees, charges, or other sanctions are imposed as authorized by SCC 3.09.050(1) may appeal to the county executive. The sole basis for the appeal shall be that the person did not in fact commit the violation. All such appeals shall be in writing and received by the executive within 10 calendar days of the imposition of the fee, charge, or other sanction appealed. The executive may require that a prescribed form be used for all appeals. The appeal shall be heard within 30 calendar days by the executive or his or her designee (hearings officer). Once an appeal has been received the hearings officer may:

(a) Agree with the appeal based on the written material presented by the appellant; or

(b) Schedule a hearing on the matter and mail the appellant written notice of the hearing by first class mail to the address provided by the appellant on the written appeal at least 5 calendar days prior to the scheduled hearing date.

(5) At any hearing as authorized in SCC 3.09.050(4)(a) the following procedures shall apply:

(a) The burden of proof shall rest with the county to prove the alleged failure to comply with parking regulations by a preponderance of the evidence;

(b) Both parties shall have an opportunity to present evidence and witnesses;

(c) The hearings officer shall have the power to ask both parties questions;

(d) The decision of the hearings officer shall be final.

(Ord. 97-101 § 7, Dec. 17, 1997, Eff date Dec. 29, 1997).

3.09.060 Employee commuter program established - Purpose.

(Ord. 97-101 § 8, Dec. 17, 1997, Eff date Dec. 29, 1997; Repealed by Ord. 09-149, Feb. 17, 2010, Eff date March 6, 2010).

3.09.070 Program guidelines and requirements.

(Ord. 97-101 § 9, Dec. 17, 1997, Eff date Dec. 29, 1997; Ord. 04-113, November 22, 2004, Eff date Jan. 1, 2005; Repealed by Ord. 09-149, Feb. 17, 2010, Eff date March 6, 2010).

3.09.080 Employee parking in county-owned parking facilities.

As a condition of use of county parking garages or facilities, the employee to whom parking is assigned shall authorize a monthly payroll deduction for the payment of the parking fee established pursuant to SCC 3.09.030(3).

(Ord. 97-101 § 10, Dec. 17, 1997, Eff date Dec. 29, 1997; Ord. 03-146, Dec. 17, 2003, Eff date Dec. 29, 2003; Amended by Ord. 09-149, Feb. 17, 2010, Eff date March 6, 2010).

3.09.090 Employee incentives.

(Ord. 97-101 § 11, Dec. 17, 1997, Eff date Dec. 29, 1997; Ord. 04-113, November 22, 2004, Eff. date Jan. 1, 2005; Repealed by Ord. 09-149, Feb. 17, 2010, Eff date March 6, 2010).

3.09.100 Additional program components.

(Ord. 97-101 § 12, Dec. 17, 1997, Eff date Dec. 29, 1997; Repealed by Ord. 09-149, Feb. 17, 2010, Eff date March 6, 2010).