Chapter 12.04


12.04.010    State provisions controlling.

12.04.020    Zone marking, sign and curb painting conformance.

12.04.030    Curb markings designated.

12.04.040    Prohibited or limited parking areas.

12.04.050    Special parking permit for commercial vehicles or construction equipment.

12.04.060    Bicycle/motorcycle parking zones.

12.04.070    Standing or parking in excess of 72 hours.

12.04.080    On-street parking – Sight distance.

12.04.090    Disabled person parking provisions.

12.04.100    Disabled person parking in municipal parking lots.

12.04.010 State provisions controlling.

The provisions of this title imposing a time limit on standing or parking of vehicles shall not release any person from the duty to observe other and more restrictive provisions of the Vehicle Code or the ordinances of the City. [Ord. 05-010.]

12.04.020 Zone marking, sign and curb painting conformance.

Every vehicle parked on streets and portions of streets shall be parked in accordance with applicable traffic control devices, including all zones marked, signs posted and curbs painted or marked. [Ord. 05-010.]

12.04.030 Curb markings designated.

Curb markings shall have the following meanings:

A. Red means no stopping, standing or parking at any time except as permitted by the Vehicle Code; provided, that a bus may stop in a red zone which has been marked or signed as a bus loading zone.

B. Yellow means no stopping, standing or parking at any time between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., unless otherwise posted by signs, pavement or curb markings, for any reason other than the loading of passengers or materials; provided, that the loading and unloading of materials shall take no more than twenty (20) minutes.

C. White means no stopping, standing or parking at any time of any day for any purpose other than the loading or unloading of passengers; provided, that such loading or unloading shall not exceed three (3) minutes, except that licensed taxicabs may park or stand in a designated taxi stand longer than three (3) minutes.

D. Green means no stopping, standing or parking for more than time specified on signs posted in the particular green zone.

E. Blue means no parking, standing or stopping other than by vehicles which display a distinguishing license plate or placard issued pursuant to Cal. Veh. Code §§ 9105, 22511.5, and 22511.59. [Ord. 05-010.]

12.04.040 Prohibited or limited parking areas.

In addition to the prohibitions contained in Cal. Veh. Code § 22500 et seq., except as otherwise stated in this title, a person shall not stop, stand or park a vehicle:

A. In a bus stop zone, except a passenger bus;

B. On any street, alley or parkway for the principal purpose of washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle, except when repairs are necessitated by emergency;

C. On any off-street public property unless a traffic control device indicates that such action is permitted, and then only in accordance with direction of such traffic control device;

D. In any red zone. A bus engaged as a common carrier may stop in a red zone if there is a sign posted marking the red zone as a bus loading zone;

E. In any marked loading zone, except for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers or materials;

F. In any alley except while in the process of actively loading or unloading persons or materials in the alley as long as such process does not exceed the posted time limits or any time limits specified by resolution;

G. In any limited-time parking space in excess of the number of minutes legally permitted;

H. In such a manner that any part thereof extends outside of or beyond the designated parking space;

I. In any space where parking is restricted to certain kinds of vehicles, such as “official City vehicles” or “police vehicles only”;

J. In any pedestrian crosswalk whether marked or unmarked;

K. Into any traffic lane or which obstructs traffic;

L. On any sidewalk, or in front of any driveway;

M. On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped, parked or standing at the curb or edge of a highway;

N. Within five (5) feet on either side of that portion of a curb which has been cut down, lowered or constructed to provide wheelchair accessibility to the sidewalk;

O. On certain streets or portions thereof during all or certain hours of the day if in violation of signs or markings;

P. In any preferential or restricted parking zone which requires a permit, if a valid and appropriate permit is not displayed, or while displaying an appropriate permit which has been tampered with, has been reported as lost or stolen, or if the permit is displayed in a vehicle which is not authorized to use such permit; or

Q. Within an intersection or along the curved portion of the curb or roadway edge of any corner of an intersection. [Ord. 05-010.]

12.04.050 Special parking permit for commercial vehicles or construction equipment.

A special parking permit issued by the City Engineering Department must be obtained prior to:

A. Parking a commercial vehicle for construction work in a limited or prohibited parking area. Such permit may be granted only after the applicant presents a valid business license and building or encroachment permit;

B. Parking any commercial vehicle having a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand (10,000) pounds or more on any street in any district zoned residential. This requirement shall not apply to any commercial vehicle making pickups or deliveries of goods, wares and merchandise from or to any building or structure located on such restricted streets or delivering materials to be used in the actual and bona fide repair, alteration, remodeling or construction of any building or structure upon such restricted streets for which a building permit has previously been obtained;

C. Parking any equipment used for construction or construction equipment of any type on any City street, parking lot or property. [Ord. 05-010.]

12.04.060 Bicycle/motorcycle parking zones.

The City Council may designate a zone for the exclusive parking of bicycles and motorcycles. When such a zone is established, the Traffic Engineer shall cause appropriate signs and/or markings to be placed. [Ord. 05-010.]

12.04.070 Standing or parking in excess of 72 hours.

A. No person who owns or has possession, custody or control of any vehicle, including but not limited to any boat, trailer or recreational vehicle, shall park or leave such vehicle standing upon any City street or alley for more than seventy-two (72) consecutive hours. For purposes of this section, a vehicle shall be considered to have been parked or left standing for seventy-two (72) or more consecutive hours if it has remained inoperable or has not been moved at least one (1) mile during said period. Obstruction of the odometer of a vehicle shall give rise to a presumption that the vehicle has not been moved as required by this section and the odometer reading shall be presumptively correct.

B. In the event a vehicle is left parked or standing upon a City street or alley in violation of this section, it may be removed or towed; provided, that a warning notice has been placed on the windshield or other conspicuous place on the vehicle (if it has no windshield) advising that such removal or towing will occur without any further notice or warning seventy-two (72) hours after the posting of the notice. Any member of the Police Department authorized by the Police Chief may remove the vehicle from the street in the manner and subject to the requirements of the Vehicle Code or issue a citation in lieu of towing removal.

C. A recreational vehicle as defined in DMC 12.01.290 shall not be reparked or returned to any location within one-half (0.5) mile of the location where such recreational vehicle was first parked sooner than seventy-two (72) hours following the time that the recreational vehicle was first moved. [Ord. 05-010; Ord. 09-012.]

12.04.080 On-street parking – Sight distance.

No person shall park a vehicle on any street within such a distance from an intersection, driveway or crosswalk where such parking impairs the sight distance for vehicles and/or pedestrians entering a street.

The Traffic Engineer may place and maintain signs, curb markings and/or other devices necessary to provide sufficient sight distance at an intersection, driveway or crosswalk in accordance with City Council adopted sight distance standards. [Ord. 05-010.]

12.04.090 Disabled person parking provisions.

The disabled person parking provisions contained in Cal. Veh. Code § 22511.5 et seq. shall apply within the City. [Ord. 05-010.]

12.04.100 Disabled person parking in municipal parking lots.

A. The provisions of Cal. Veh. Code § 22507.8 shall be applicable to all off-street parking lots and facilities owned or operated by the City if, immediately adjacent to and visible from each stall or space designated for disabled persons or disabled veterans in said lot and facilities, there is posted a sign consisting of a profile view of a wheelchair with occupant in white on a blue background and by either of the following markings:

1. By outlining or painting the stall or space in blue and outlining on the ground in the stall or space in white or suitable contrasting color a profile view depicting a wheelchair with occupant; or

2. By outlining a profile view of a wheelchair with occupant in white on a blue background, of the same dimensions as in subsection (A)(1) of this section. The profile view shall be located so that it is easily visible to a traffic enforcement officer when a vehicle is properly parked in the stall or space.

B. It is unlawful to stop, stand or park a vehicle in a City off-street parking lot or facility in a stall or space designated for disabled persons or disabled veterans unless the vehicle displays one (1) of the distinguishing license plates or a placard issued pursuant to Cal. Veh. Code § 22511.5. [Ord. 05-010.]