Chapter 10.24
PARKING Revised 3/18 Revised 4/19

Sections:

10.24.010    Stopping, Standing or Parking Prohibited in Specified Places.

10.24.020    Parking in Roadway.

10.24.030    Parking in Alleys.

10.24.035    Parking of Commercial Vehicles Restricted in Certain Zone Classifications. Revised 4/19

10.24.040    Parking for Certain Purposes Prohibited.

10.24.045    Parking of Commercial Trailers Prohibited. Revised 4/19

10.24.050    Parking Prohibited on Narrow Streets. Revised 3/18

10.24.055    Parking Prohibited on Narrow Streets in Small Lot Developments.

10.24.060    Angle Parking.

10.24.070    Additional Parking Regulations.

10.24.080    Notice on Illegally Parked Vehicle.

10.24.090    Failure to Comply With Notice Attached to Parked Vehicle.

10.24.100    Presumption in Reference to Illegal Parking.

10.24.110    Penalty for Violation. Revised 4/19

10.24.115    Penalty for Failing to Respond.

10.24.120    Impoundment Authorized. Revised 4/19

10.24.010 Stopping, Standing or Parking Prohibited in Specified Places.

Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or official traffic control device, no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle:

A.    On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;

B.    On a sidewalk or street planting strip;

C.    Within an intersection;

D.    On a crosswalk;

E.    Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 30 feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless official signs or markings indicate a different no-parking area opposite the ends of a safety zone;

F.    Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic;

G.    Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway or within a highway tunnel;

H.    On any railroad tracks;

I.    At any place where official signs prohibit stopping;

J.    Directly adjacent to curbside, clearly visible, residential mail boxes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on all days of scheduled mail delivery by the United States postal service;

K.    In any parking place or area designated as handicapped parking by displaying the international blue and white handicapped symbol of a wheelchair as described in RCW 70.92.120; provided, that it shall not be a violation of this Chapter to stand, stop or park a vehicle in a place or area so designated when the vehicle clearly displays the handicapped symbol on a license plate, window decal or card as provided by RCW 46.16.380. A person charged with a violation hereof shall not be determined to have committed a violation if he produces in court or prior to the court appearance the special plate, special card or special decal required hereunder or demonstrates he was entitled to the same at the time of being ticketed.

(Ord. 82-104, 1982; Res. 22271 (part), 1980; prior Code § 46.14.010)

10.24.020 Parking in Roadway.

A.    No person may park or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon the roadway.

B.    Subsection A. of this Section does not apply to the driver of any vehicle that is disabled in such a manner and to such extent that it is impossible to avoid stopping and temporarily leaving the vehicle in such position. The driver shall nonetheless arrange for the prompt removal of the vehicle.

C.    Subsection A. of this Section does not apply to the driver of either a properly marked school bus or a public transit vehicle who temporarily stops the vehicle upon the roadway for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers at a school or marked transit vehicle stop zone.

(Ord. 89-36 § 2, 1989)

10.24.030 Parking in Alleys.

No person shall park a vehicle within an alley in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than eight 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 position as to block the driveway entrance to any abutting property. (Res. 22271 (part), 1980; prior Code § 46.14.030)

10.24.035 Parking of Commercial Vehicles Restricted in Certain Zone Classifications. Revised 4/19

It shall be unlawful for an owner or person in control of any commercial truck, truck-tractor, trailer, semi-trailer, bus or any other commercial vehicle, to park, store, or keep such vehicle(s), which exceed 16,001 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, on any public street, avenue, alley, or other thoroughfare, or public right-of-way for a period in excess of two hours in a Rural Separator, Rural Five, or Rural Neighborhood Center zone classification or any urban zone classification except the Employment Center and Community Employment Center zone classifications, unless the vehicle is engaged in legitimate loading or unloading activities, or actively engaged in the provision of goods or services to an abutting property owner or tenant. For purposes of this Section, "public right-of-way" means a strip of land held in an easement or separate tract which is occupied or dedicated to be occupied by a publicly dedicated street together with property reserved for utilities, transmission lines and extensions, walkways, sidewalks, bikeways, equestrian trails, and other similar uses, and "commercial vehicle" shall mean a vehicle meeting the definition set forth in RCW 46.04.140. (Ord. 2018-70s § 1 (part), 2018; Ord. 2014-49s § 1 (part), 2014)

10.24.040 Parking for Certain Purposes Prohibited.

No person shall park a vehicle upon a roadway for the principal purpose of:

A.    Displaying such vehicle for sale or for advertising services for vehicles;

B.    Washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle except repairs necessitated by emergency.

(Res. 22271 (part), 1980; prior Code § 46.14.040)

10.24.045 Parking of Commercial Trailers Prohibited. Revised 4/19

No person, without permission from the County Engineer, shall park within a public right-of-way any detached trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or any other trailer used for commercial purposes, unless such vehicle is being actively loaded or unloaded. (Ord. 2018-70s § 1 (part), 2018)

10.24.050 Parking Prohibited on Narrow Streets. Revised 3/18

A.    When the width of an improved roadway does not exceed 20 feet, the Pierce County Department of Planning and Public Works is authorized to erect signs indicating no parking upon both sides of such street. When the width of the improved roadway is between 20 and 28 feet, the Department of Planning and Public Works is authorized to erect a sign indicating no parking upon one side of the street.

B.    When official signs prohibiting parking are erected upon narrow streets as provided in this Section, no person shall park a vehicle upon any such street in violation of any sign.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Res. 22271 (part), 1980; prior Code § 46.14.050)

10.24.055 Parking Prohibited on Narrow Streets in Small Lot Developments.

A.    In developments constructed pursuant to the Small Lot Design Standards in Chapter 18J.17 PCC, signs shall be erected indicating no parking as follows:

1.    For access lanes of 20 feet in width, signs shall be erected indicating no parking on both sides of the street.

2.    For neighborhood streets of 28 feet in width, signs shall be erected indicating no parking on one side of the street.

B.    When official signs prohibiting parking are erected upon narrow streets as provided in this Section, no person shall park a vehicle upon any such street in violation of any sign.

C.    Any vehicle parked in violation of this Section shall be declared to be an unauthorized vehicle and subject to immediate impoundment by a registered tow truck operator at the direction of a law enforcement officer or public official of Pierce County having jurisdiction over the public property on which the vehicle is parked.

(Ord. 2004-27s2 § 1 (part), 2004)

10.24.060 Angle Parking.

The Pierce County Engineer, in his or her discretion, may allow angle parking on Pierce County roadways as authorized pursuant to RCW 46.61.575 as now enacted or hereafter amended. (Ord. 87-36 § 2, 1987)

10.24.070 Additional Parking Regulations.

A.    Except as otherwise provided in this Section, every vehicle stopped or parked upon a 2 way roadway shall be so stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels parallel to and within 12 inches of the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

B.    Except when otherwise provided in this Section, every vehicle stopped or parked upon a one-way roadway shall be so stopped or parked parallel to the curb or edge of the roadway, in the direction of authorized traffic movement, with its right-hand wheels within 12 inches of the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, or its left-hand wheels within 12 inches of the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

C.    The State Highway Commission with respect to highways under its jurisdiction may place signs prohibiting or restricting the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles on any highway where, in its opinion, as evidenced by resolution or order, such stopping, standing or parking is dangerous to those using the highway or where the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles would unduly interfere with the free movement of traffic thereon. Such signs shall be official signs and no person shall stop, stand or park any vehicle in violation of the restriction stated on such signs.

(Res. 22271 (part), 1980; prior Code § 46.14.070)

10.24.080 Notice on Illegally Parked Vehicle.

Whenever any motor vehicle without operator is found parked, angle-parked or stopped in violation of any of the restrictions imposed in this Chapter, the officer finding such vehicle shall record its license number and may take any other information displayed on the vehicle which may identify its operator or owner, and shall conspicuously affix to such vehicle notice in writing for the operator or owner to answer to the charge against him within 15 days at a place specified in the notice. The officer shall deposit the complaint and the abstract of court record copy of such traffic complaint and citation with the District Court of the district having jurisdiction over the offense. (Ord. 84-124 § 1, (part), 1984; Res. 22271 (part), 1980; prior Code § 46.14.080)

10.24.090 Failure to Comply With Notice Attached to Parked Vehicle.

If the operator or owner in violation of the restriction on stopping, standing or parking does not appear in response to a notice affixed to such motor vehicle within a period of 15 days, the Clerk of the Court shall send to the operator or owner of the motor vehicle to which the notice was affixed a letter informing him of the violations and warning him that in the event such a letter is disregarded for a period of 14 days, a warrant of arrest will be issued. The Court shall issue the warrant for the arrest of any defendant who has failed to appear before the Court either in person or by counsel in answer to such notice and letter within 15 days from the date of mailing. (Ord. 82-124 § 1, (part), 1984; Res. 22271 (part), 1980; prior Code § 46.14.090)

10.24.100 Presumption in Reference to Illegal Parking.

A.    In any prosecution charging a violation of any law or regulation governing the standing or parking of a vehicle, proof that the particular vehicle described in the complaint was parked in violation of any such law or regulation, together with proof that the defendant named in the complaint was at the time of such parking a registered owner of such vehicle, shall constitute prima facie evidence that the registered owner of such vehicle was the person who parked or placed such vehicle at the point where, and for the time during which, such violation occurred.

B.    The presumption stated in subsection A. of this Section shall apply only when the procedure prescribed in PCC 10.24.080 has been followed.

(Res. 22271 (part), 1980; prior Code § 46.14.100)

10.24.110 Penalty for Violation. Revised 4/19

Any violation or failure to comply with any provisions of this Chapter shall be deemed a traffic infraction and shall be subject to the following penalties:

A.    Violation of PCC 10.24.035 -- $100.00 first offense; $200.00 second offense and each additional offense thereafter.

B.    Violation of PCC 10.24.045 -- $100.00 first offense; $200.00 second offense and each additional offense thereafter.

C.    Violation of all other provisions of this Chapter -- $25.00 per offense.

(Ord. 2018-70s § 1 (part), 2018; Ord. 2014-49s § 1 (part), 2014; Ord. 2012-9 § 4, 2012; Ord. 84-124 § 1 (part), 1984; Res. 22271 (part), 1980; prior Code § 46.14.120)

10.24.115 Penalty for Failing to Respond.

There shall be imposed a penalty of $25.00 upon failure of any defendant to respond within 15 days from the date of mailing of the notice of traffic infraction relating to parking. This penalty shall be in addition to any penalty imposed for the traffic infraction. As provided by RCW 46.63.110, this penalty is not subject to statutory assessment applicable to traffic offenses. (Ord. 2014-49s § 1 (part), 2014)

10.24.120 Impoundment Authorized. Revised 4/19

A.    In addition to any other penalty provided by this Chapter, the vehicle in violation of this Chapter may be subject to impoundment as provided by Chapter 46.55 RCW as now enacted or as subsequently amended; provided, that no vehicle shall be impounded pursuant to the authority granted by RCW 46.55.085 until the required notification sticker has been attached to the vehicle and a minimum of 24 hours has passed from the time the notification sticker was attached to the vehicle.

B.    Summary Impoundment. Any vehicle found to be in violation of PCC 10.24.045 on three or more separate occasions may be subject to immediate impoundment. Notice of impoundment shall be provided as required by Chapter 46.55 RCW. All applicable provisions of Chapter 46.55 RCW shall apply.

(Ord. 2018-70s § 1 (part), 2018; Ord. 2004-27s2 § 1 (part), 2004)