Chapter 10.40
STOPPING, STANDING AND PARKING

Sections:

10.40.010    Application of regulations.

10.40.020    Stopping or standing in parkways prohibited.

10.40.030    Traffic engineer to maintain no stopping zones and no parking areas.

10.40.040    No parking areas.

10.40.050    Use of streets for storage of vehicles prohibited.

10.40.060    Repealed by Ord. 2011-03 § 1.

10.40.070    Repairing or greasing vehicles on public streets.

10.40.080    Washing or polishing vehicles.

10.40.090    Parking adjacent to schools.

10.40.100    Parking prohibited on narrow streets.

10.40.110    Parking on grades.

10.40.115    Parking of commercial vehicles with a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand pounds or more in residential district prohibited.

10.40.120    Repealed by Ord. 2005-27 § 1.

10.40.130    Emergency parking signs.

10.40.140    Display of warning devices when commercial vehicle disabled.

10.40.150    Curb parking – Right-of-way.

10.40.160    Twenty-four-minute parking.

10.40.170    Thirty-minute parking.

10.40.180    One-hour parking.

10.40.190    Two-hour parking.

10.40.200    Parking parallel on one-way streets.

10.40.210    Diagonal parking.

10.40.220    Parking space markings.

10.40.230    No stopping zones.

10.40.235    No unattached trailer or semi-trailer zones.

10.40.240    Parking limited.

10.40.250    Parking for disabled persons’ vehicles.

10.40.255    Removal of unauthorized vehicles from parking spaces designated for disabled persons.

10.40.260    Contractor parking – Construction parking permits.

10.40.270    Engine idling.

10.40.010 APPLICATION OF REGULATIONS.

(a)    The provisions of Chapters 10.08 through 10.60 prohibiting the stopping, standing or parking of a vehicle shall apply at all times or at those times herein specified, except when it is necessary to stop a vehicle to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or official traffic-control device.

(b)    The provisions of Chapters 10.08 through 10.60 imposing a time limit on standing or parking shall not relieve any person from the duty to observe other and more restrictive provisions of the Vehicle Code or the ordinances of this city prohibiting or limiting the standing or parking of vehicles in specified places or at specified times.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3249).

10.40.020 STOPPING OR STANDING IN PARKWAYS PROHIBITED.

No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within any parkway.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3250).

10.40.030 TRAFFIC ENGINEER TO MAINTAIN NO STOPPING ZONES AND NO PARKING AREAS.

The city traffic engineer is hereby authorized to maintain, by appropriate signs or by paint upon the curb surface, all no stopping zones, no parking areas, and restricted parking areas, as defined in Chapters 10.08 through 10.60.

When the curb markings or signs are in place no operator of any vehicle shall stop, stand or park such vehicle adjacent to any such legible curb marking or sign in violation of any of the provisions of Chapters 10.08 through 10.60.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3251).

10.40.040 NO PARKING AREAS.

No operator of any vehicle shall stop, stand, park, or leave standing such vehicle in any of the following places, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the direction of a police officer or other authorized officer, or traffic sign or signal:

(a)    Within any divisional island unless authorized and clearly indicated with appropriate signs or markings;

(b)    On either side of any street between the projected property lines of any public walk, public steps, street, or thoroughfare terminating at such street, when such area is indicated by appropriate signs or by red paint upon the curb surface;

(c)    In any area where the city traffic engineer determines that the parking or stopping of a vehicle would constitute a traffic hazard or would endanger life or property, when such area is indicated by appropriate signs or by red paint upon the curb surface;

(d)    In any area established by resolution of the council as a no parking area, when such area is indicated by appropriate signs or by red paint upon the curb surface;

(e)    Upon, along or across any railway track in such manner as to hinder, delay or obstruct the movement of any car traveling upon such track;

(f)    In any area where the parking or stopping of any vehicle would constitute a traffic hazard or would endanger life or property;

(g)    On any street or highway where the use of such street or highway or a portion thereof is necessary for the cleaning, repair or construction of the street or highway or the installation of underground utilities or where the use of the street or highway or any portion thereof is authorized for a purpose other than the normal flow of traffic or where the use of the street or highway or any portion thereof is necessary for the movement of equipment, articles or structures of unusual size, and the parking of such vehicle would prohibit or interfere with such use or movement; provided, that signs giving notice of such no parking are erected or placed at least twenty-four hours prior to the effective time of such no parking;

(h)    At any time within twenty feet of the curb immediately opposite the mid-block end of a safety zone, when such place is indicated by appropriate signs or by red paint upon the curb surface;

(i)    At any place within twenty feet of a crosswalk at an intersection (in the Central Traffic District) or in any business district when such place is indicated by appropriate signs or by red paint upon the curb surface, except that a bus may stop at a designated bus stop;

(j)    Within twenty feet of the approach to any traffic signal, boulevard stop sign, or official electric flashing device;

(k)    In any public park, except in areas specifically designated as parking areas.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 2008-09 § 1, 2008: Ord. 2008-06 § 2, 2008: Ord. 92-13 § 1 (part), 1992: Ord. 88-36 § 1, 1988: Ord. 85-72 § 4, 1986: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3252).

10.40.050 USE OF STREETS FOR STORAGE OF VEHICLES PROHIBITED.

(a)    No person who owns or has possession, custody or control of any vehicle shall park such vehicle upon any street or any alley for more than a consecutive period of seventy-two hours.

(b)    No person or business which as part of its business operation maintains and operates a fleet of vehicles comprised of three or more vehicles shall use city streets or alleys, in lieu of private property, to store or park those vehicles when not in use by the business. Pursuant to this subsection, a vehicle shall not be considered to be in use by the business during those hours of the day when the business is not open to the public, including those hours when the business may only be contacted by a voice mail telephone answering system, a telephone answering service, email or facsimile. Pursuant to this subsection a vehicle shall not be considered to be in use by the business between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. This subsection shall not prohibit a person from parking a single business-owned vehicle on a city street or alley within one block of his or her residence when that person is an employee of the business and the business requires that person to drive a business-owned vehicle to and from that person’s place of employment.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 2008-06 § 1, 2008: Ord. 92-13 § 1 (part), 1992: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3252.1).

10.40.060 Repealed by Ord. 2011-03 § 1.

10.40.070 REPAIRING OR GREASING VEHICLES ON PUBLIC STREETS.

No person shall construct or cause to be constructed, repair or cause to be repaired, grease or cause to be greased, dismantle or cause to be dismantled any vehicle or any part thereof upon any public street in this city. Temporary emergency repairs may be made upon a public street.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3254).

10.40.080 WASHING OR POLISHING VEHICLES.

No person shall wash or cause to be washed, polish or cause to be polished any vehicle or any part thereof upon any public street, driveway approaches or sidewalks in this city, when a charge is made for such service.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3255).

10.40.090 PARKING ADJACENT TO SCHOOLS.

(a)    The city traffic engineer is hereby authorized to erect signs indicating no parking upon that side of any street adjacent to any school property when such parking would, in his opinion, interfere with traffic or create a hazardous situation.

(b)    When official signs are erected prohibiting parking upon that side of a street adjacent to any school property, no person shall park a vehicle in any such designated place.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3256).

10.40.100 PARKING PROHIBITED ON NARROW STREETS.

(a)    The city traffic engineer is hereby authorized to place signs or markings indicating no parking upon any street when the width of the roadway does not exceed twenty feet, or upon one side of a street as indicated by such signs or markings when the width of the roadway does not exceed thirty feet.

(b)    When official signs or markings prohibiting parking are erected upon narrow streets as authorized herein, no person shall park a vehicle upon any such street in violation of any sign or marking.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3257)

10.40.110 PARKING ON GRADES.

No person shall park or leave standing any vehicle unattended on a highway when upon any grade exceeding three percent (within any business or residence district) without blocking the wheels of the vehicle by turning them against the curb or by other means.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 91-42 § 1, 1991: Ord. 88-36 § 3, 1988: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3258).

10.40.115 PARKING OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLES WITH A MANUFACTURER’S GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING OF TEN THOUSAND POUNDS OR MORE IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT PROHIBITED.

No person shall park or leave standing any commercial vehicle having a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand pounds or more in any residential district in the city of Santa Cruz. For purposes of this section, the term “residential district” shall have the same meaning as is set forth at Santa Cruz Municipal Code Section 24.22.654. This section shall not apply to any commercial vehicle making pickups or deliveries of goods, wares, and merchandise from or to any building or structure located in a residential district or for the purpose of delivering materials to be used in the actual and bona fide repair, alteration, remodeling, or construction of any building or structure in a residential district for which a building permit has previously been obtained.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 96-34 § 1, 1996).

10.40.120 Repealed by Ord. 2005-27 § 1.

10.40.130 EMERGENCY PARKING SIGNS.

(a)    Whenever the city traffic engineer or chief of police shall determine that an emergency traffic congestion is likely to result from the holding of public or private assemblages, gatherings, or functions, or for other reasons, the city traffic engineer or chief of police shall have power and authority to order temporary signs to be erected or posted indicating that the operation, parking or standing of vehicles is prohibited on such streets and alleys as the city traffic engineer or chief of police shall direct during the time such temporary signs are in place. Such signs shall remain in place only during the existence of such emergency and the city traffic engineer or chief of police shall cause such signs to be removed promptly thereafter.

(b)    When signs authorized by the provisions of this section are in place giving notice thereof, no person shall operate, park or stand any vehicle contrary to the directions and provisions of such signs.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3260).

10.40.140 DISPLAY OF WARNING DEVICES WHEN COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DISABLED.

Every motor truck having an unladen weight of four thousand pounds or more, and every truck tractor irrespective of weight when operated upon any street or highway during darkness shall be equipped with and carry at least two flares or two red lanterns or two warning lights or reflectors, which reflectors shall be of a type approved by the Department of California Highway Patrol. When any vehicle above mentioned or any trailer or semitrailer is disabled upon streets or highways outside of any business or residence district within this city and upon which street or highway there is insufficient street lighting to reveal a vehicle at a distance of two hundred feet during darkness, a warning signal of the character indicated above shall be immediately placed at a distance of approximately one hundred feet in advance of, and one hundred feet to the rear of, such disabled vehicle by the driver thereof. The continuous flashing of at least four approved Class A-

Type I turn-signal lamps, at least two toward the front and at least two toward the rear of the vehicle, shall be considered to meet the requirements of this section until the devices mentioned above can be placed in the required locations. The warning signals herein mentioned shall be displayed continuously during darkness while such vehicle remains disabled upon such street or highway.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3261).

10.40.150 CURB PARKING – RIGHT-OF-WAY.

(a)    For the purpose of this section, a “limited curb parking space” means an area open for lawful parking alongside of, and adjacent to, a curb, which area is not of sufficient length to permit two or more vehicles to freely move for parking thereto at the same time.

(b)    Any person seeking to park his vehicle in a limited curb parking space, whose vehicle arrives at the parking space prior to any other vehicle, and who proceeds beyond that space a distance not to exceed ten feet for the purpose of backing his vehicle therein, shall have the right-of-way over any person driving or attempting to drive any other vehicle directly into such limited curb parking space or who in any manner obstructs such limited curb parking space, and the driver of such other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to the driver who first arrived at the parking space.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3262).

10.40.160 TWENTY-FOUR-MINUTE PARKING.

Green curb marking shall mean no standing or parking for a period of time longer than twenty-four minutes at any time between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. of any day, except Sundays and holidays.

When authorized signs, parking meters or curb markings have been determined by the city traffic engineer to be necessary and are in place giving notice thereof, no operator of any vehicle shall stop, stand or park said vehicle adjacent to any such legible curb marking or sign or parking meter in violation thereof.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 93-38 § 1, 1993: Ord. 91-42 § 1, 1991: Ord. 88-36 § 4, 1988: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3263).

10.40.170 THIRTY-MINUTE PARKING.

When authorized signs, parking meters or curb markings have been determined by the city traffic engineer to be necessary and are in place giving notice thereof, no operator of any vehicle shall stop, stand or park said vehicle between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. of any day, except Sundays and holidays, for a period of time longer than thirty minutes.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 91-42 § 1, 1991: Ord. 88-36 § 5, 1988: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3264).

10.40.180 ONE-HOUR PARKING.

When authorized signs, parking meters or curb markings have been determined by the city traffic engineer to be necessary and are in place giving notice thereof, no operator of any vehicle shall stop, stand or park said vehicle between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. of any day except Sundays and holidays, for a period of time longer than one hour.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 93-38 § 1, 1993: Ord. 91-42 § 1, 1991: Ord. 88-36 § 6, 1988: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3265).

10.40.190 TWO-HOUR PARKING.

When authorized signs, parking meters or curb markings have been determined by the city traffic engineer to be necessary and are in place giving notice thereof, no operator of any vehicle shall stop, stand or park said vehicle between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. of any day, except Sundays and holidays, for a period of time longer than two hours.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 91-42 § 1, 1991: Ord. 88-36 § 7, 1988: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3266).

10.40.200 PARKING PARALLEL ON ONE-WAY STREETS.

(a)    Subject to other and more restrictive limitations, a vehicle may be stopped or parked within eighteen inches of the left-hand curb facing in the direction of traffic movement upon any one-way street unless signs are in place prohibiting such stopping or standing.

(b)    In the event a highway includes two or more separate roadways and traffic is restricted to one direction upon any such roadway, no person shall stand or park a vehicle upon the left-hand side of such one-way roadway unless signs are in place permitting such standing or parking.

(c)    The city traffic engineer is authorized to determine when standing or parking shall be prohibited upon the left-hand side of any one-way street or when standing or parking may be permitted upon the left-hand side of any one-way roadway of a highway having two or more separate roadways and shall erect signs giving notice thereof.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 92-13 § 1 (part), 1992: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3267).

10.40.210 DIAGONAL PARKING.

(a)    On any street or portion of a street established as a diagonal parking zone, when signs or pavement markings are in place indicating such diagonal parking, it shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to park said vehicle except:

(1)    At the angle to the curb indicated by signs or pavement markings allotting space to parked vehicles and entirely within the limits of said allotted space; and

(2)    With the vehicle’s front-end wheel nearest the curb within six inches of the curb.

(b)    The city traffic engineer is hereby authorized to establish diagonal parking zones.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 2001-04 § 1, 2001: Ord. 93-38 § 1, 1993: Ord. 91-42 § 1, 1991: Ord. 88-36 § 8, 1988: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3268).

10.40.220 PARKING SPACE MARKINGS.

(a)    The city traffic engineer is authorized to install and maintain parking space markings to indicate parking spaces adjacent to curbings where authorized parking is permitted. When such parking space markings are placed on the highway, subject to other and more restrictive limitations, no vehicle shall be stopped, left standing or parked other than within a single space unless the size or shape of such vehicle makes compliance impossible.

(b)    Notwithstanding subsection (a), the curbside parking spaces on West Cliff Drive between Pelton Avenue and Lighthouse Point Park and on Pelton Avenue between West Cliff Drive and National Street are hereby designated, and the city engineer is authorized to designate such other areas and install and maintain parking space markings where no person shall park any unattached trailer, and no vehicle, regardless of shape or size, and including any attached trailer, shall be stopped, left standing or parked other than within the lines or markings of a single space so established, and no person shall park any vehicle across any such line or marking or park any vehicle in such a position that the same vehicle, and including any attached trailer, shall not be entirely within a single space designated by such lines or markings.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2015-13 § 1, 2016: Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 92-13 § 1 (part), 1992: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3269).

10.40.230 NO STOPPING ZONES.

The city traffic engineer shall designate established no stopping zones by placing and maintaining appropriate signs indicating that stopping of vehicles is prohibited and indicating the hours and days when stopping is prohibited.

During the hours and on the days designated on the signs, it shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to stop said vehicle on any of the streets or parts of streets established by resolution of the council as no stopping zones.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 91-42 § 1, 1991: Ord. 88-36 § 9, 1988: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3270).

10.40.235 NO UNATTACHED TRAILER OR SEMI-TRAILER ZONES.

West Cliff Drive between Pelton Avenue and Lighthouse Point Park and on Pelton Avenue between West Cliff Drive and Eucalyptus Avenue are hereby designated, and the city traffic engineer is hereby authorized to establish and maintain, by appropriate signs, other zones within which no person shall park any trailer or semi-trailer upon a highway, street, alley, public way or public place unless the trailer or semi-trailer is, at all times while so parked, attached to a vehicle capable of moving the trailer or semi-trailer in a normal manner upon the highway, street, alley, public way or public place. This section shall not apply to trailers or semi-trailers in the process of being loaded or unloaded, nor shall it apply to any trailer or semi-trailer which is disabled in such a manner and to such an extent that it is impossible to avoid stopping and temporarily leaving the disabled trailer or semi-trailer on that portion of the highway, street, alley, public way or public place ordinarily used for vehicular parking. A disabled trailer or semi-trailer shall not be temporarily parked along a public right-of-way for more than twenty-four hours.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2015-13 § 2, 2016).

10.40.240 PARKING LIMITED.

No operator of any vehicle shall park or allow a vehicle to remain standing upon any street or alley within the city designated by the city traffic engineer as a limited parking area, provided the area has a proper sign posted to give notice of this limitation. Whenever any area has been designated as a limited parking area, the city traffic engineer shall cause to be placed and maintained signs giving notice thereof, and no such regulation shall be effective unless such signs are in place. This section shall not apply to vehicles of any regularly licensed physician when actually engaged in making professional calls, nor to duly authorized utility vehicles actually engaged in providing emergency services.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 91-42 § 1, 1991: Ord. 79-7 § 1, 1979: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3271).

10.40.250 PARKING FOR DISABLED PERSONS’ VEHICLES.

No person shall park any vehicle in a space designated and marked as reserved for disabled persons’ vehicles, unless such vehicle displays a valid license plate or placard issued for such vehicle by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, pursuant to the provisions of Vehicle Code Section 9105, 22511.5, or any other section of the Vehicle Code providing for issuance of such plates or placards, whether such provision is now in effect or hereinafter enacted.

The fines assessed for violation of this section shall be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 2008-11 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 96-01 § 1, 1996: Ord. 94-57 § 1, 1994: Ord. 92-13 § 1 (part), 1992: Ord. 91-42 § 1, 1991: Ord. 78-26 § 1 (part), 1978).

10.40.255 REMOVAL OF UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES FROM PARKING SPACES DESIGNATED FOR DISABLED PERSONS.

(a)    Any regularly employed and salaried officer of the police department, or any salaried employee of the city who regularly directs traffic or enforces parking laws and regulations may remove or cause to be removed from any off-street parking space designated and marked for disabled parking any vehicle not displaying one of the distinguishing placards or license plates specified in Section 10.40.250 under the following circumstances:

(i)    If the police department has been notified;

(ii)    If there is posted a sign immediately adjacent to, and visible from, the designated stall or space which clearly and conspicuously states the following:

Unauthorized vehicles not displaying distinguishing placards or license plates issued for physically disabled [handicapped] persons will be towed away at owner’s expense. Towed vehicles may be reclaimed at (Address) or by telephoning 429-3700.

(iii)    The sign referenced in subsection (a)(ii) is not less than seventeen by twenty-two inches in size with lettering not less than one inch in height; or

(iv)    The sign referenced in subsection (a)(ii) is posted immediately adjacent to, and visible from, the designated stall or space.

(b)    Any regularly employed and salaried officer of the police department, or any salaried employee of the city who regularly directs traffic or enforces parking laws and regulations, may remove or cause to be removed from any on-street parking space designated and marked for disabled parking any vehicle not displaying one of the distinguishing placards or license plates specified in Section 10.40.250 if the vehicle is known to have been previously issued a notice of parking violation which was accompanied by a notice of warning that an additional parking violation may result in the impoundment of the vehicle.

(Ord. 96-01 § 2, 1996: Ord. 78-26. § 1, 1978).

10.40.260 CONTRACTOR PARKING – CONSTRUCTION PARKING PERMITS.

Contractors may purchase daily or monthly parking permits for their vehicles or their employees’ vehicles when conducting legitimate work on a building or property adjacent to city-controlled on-street parking. When a construction parking permit is properly displayed, vehicles may park at time-limited, metered, and residential permit parking zones. These vehicles will be exempt from the time limits, meter fees, or residential permit parking restrictions. The price of construction parking permits will be established by city council resolution.

(Ord. 96-04 § 1, 1996).

10.40.270 ENGINE IDLING.

(a)    It shall be unlawful for any person to permit any truck, automobile or motorcycle engine to idle for more than ninety consecutive seconds while that vehicle is parked on a city street.

(b)    This section shall not apply:

(1)    To police, fire, ambulance, public safety, or other emergency or law enforcement vehicles.

(2)    When, in order to defrost the windows of a vehicle, it is necessary to allow a vehicle’s engine to idle for more than ninety consecutive seconds.

(3)    Where engine idling is necessary to accomplish work for which the vehicle was designed, such as the operation of a lift, winch or crane.

(Ord. 2015-05 § 1, 2015).