Yulissa Jimenez | Code Compliance Officer
Ordinances to know:
Sec. 10-264. Parking consecutively over forty-eight hours prohibited.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave standing on any public street or highway in the city, any vehicle for a period longer than forty-eight (48) hours consecutively, provided, however, that this section shall not include any area where a shorter time is provided for parking, nor shall this section be construed to permit parking for a longer time than is provided in such areas.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave standing on any parking lot owned, controlled or operated by the city any automobile, truck or other motor vehicle or other property for a period of more than twenty-four (24) hours consecutively.
(c) Any vehicle parked in violation of this section is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and may be removed as provided in section 10-297.
Sec. 10-266. No parking and parking time limit signs necessary.
Whenever by any provisions of this Code or other ordinance of the city any parking time limit is imposed or parking is prohibited on designated streets it shall be the duty of the director of public works to erect appropriate signs giving notice thereof and no such regulations shall be effective unless the signs are erected and in place at the time of any alleged offense, provided, however, that signing shall not be required throughout the city for the odd-even parking restrictions contained in section 10-298, the truck route parking prohibitions under section 10-273, nor shall signing be required for the forty-eight (48) hour parking limitation contained in section 10-264.
Sec. 10-269. Parking prohibited—Certain purposes.
No person shall park a vehicle upon any roadway for the principal purpose of:
(a) Displaying such vehicle for sale.
(b) Washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle except repairing such vehicle necessitated by an emergency.
Sec. 10-272. Parking prohibited—Alleys.
No person shall park a vehicle within an alley nor shall he stop a commercial vehicle so as to leave available less than twelve (12) feet of the width thereof for free movement of vehicular traffic, nor shall he stop in such a position as to block the driveway entrance to any abutting property.
Sec. 10-273. Parking prohibited—Truck parking.
It shall be unlawful for any truck, trailer, semi trailer, or commercial vehicle to be parked or left standing on any public street not specified as part of the truck route for a period longer than the time necessary for loading or unloading of cargo as provided in section 10-289. Further, the restrictions shall not apply to any truck in use on any repair, maintenance, or construction project in progress on any such street or any such truck used in the process of moving. Except as otherwise allowed by permit issued by the city engineer's office, in no case shall any semi-truck trailer be parked on any public street while the semi-truck trailer is disconnected from the tractor.
Sec. 10-274. Restriction on parking of trailers.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave standing on any public street or alley of the city a trailer, unless the trailer is attached to the tractor or other vehicle suitable for towing it. For the purpose of this section, trailer shall mean any non-self-propelled vehicle or wheeled vehicle, including but not limited to semi-trailers, boat trailers, snowmobile trailers, pull-type campers, and house trailers.
(b) It is unlawful for any person to park or lever standing any boat, bumper pull travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, pull type camper, motor home, house car, bus, mini motor home or trailer on the public right-of-way in any residentially zoned area from December 1 to March 31. Any person violating this section is subject to a fine of twenty dollars ($20.00) per each day of violation. A boat, bumper pull travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, pull type camper, motor home, house car, bus, mini-motor home, or trailer parked or left standing in violation of this section for a consecutive period longer than forty-eight (48) hours shall be considered abandoned.
Sec. 10-275. Prohibited in specified places.
(a) No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or traffic-control device, in any of the following places:
- On a sidewalk;
- In front of a public or private driveway;
- Within an intersection;
- Within ten (10) feet of a fire hydrant;
- On a crosswalk;
- Within ten (10) feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;
- Within fifteen (15) feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop sign or traffic-control signal located at the side of a roadway;
- Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within fifteen (15) feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the state highway department or the city indicates a different length by signs or markings;
- Within fifteen (15) feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;
- Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five (75) feet of said entrance when properly signposted;
- Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic;
- On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at edge or curb of a street;
- Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway or within a highway tunnel;
- At any place where official signs prohibit stopping; or
- On the boulevard, except the portion of the boulevard improved for driveway use.
(b) No person shall move a vehicle not lawfully under his control into any such prohibited area or away from a curb such distance as is unlawful.
Sec. 10-283. Physically handicapped—Privilege.
(a) Privilege. Any physically handicapped person who displays prominently upon an automobile parked by him or under his direction and for his use, the distinguishing certificate or insignia specified in section 10-283, paragraph (c) shall be entitled to courtesy in the parking of such automobile. Provided, however, that the city may, by ordinance, prohibit parking on any street or highway for the purpose of creating a fire lane, or to provide for the accommodation of heavy traffic during morning and afternoon rush hours, and the privileges extended to such handicapped persons shall not apply on streets or highways where and during such times as parking is prohibited.
(b) Definition. "Physically handicapped," as used in this division, shall include any person who has sustained an amputation or material disability of either or both legs, or who has been otherwise disabled in any manner rendering it difficult and burdensome for him to walk.
(c) Certificate. The motor vehicle registrar shall issue without charge a special identifying certificate or insignia for a marked motor vehicle to any physically handicapped applicant upon submission by the applicant of a certificate issued by a qualified physician to the motor vehicle registrar that he is a physically handicapped person within the meaning of section 10-283, paragraph (b). The motor vehicle registrar shall determine the form and size of the certificate or insignia and shall promulgate rules and regulations governing the issuance thereof.
(d) Violations. If the police of this city shall find that such certificate or insignia is being improperly used, they shall report to the motor vehicle registrar any such violation, and the motor vehicle registrar may, in his discretion, remove the privilege. Any person who is not physically handicapped and who exercises the privileges granted a physically handicapped person under this section shall be guilty of an infraction.
(e) Marking of parking spaces. Whenever any public or private agency or authority designates parking spaces for use by motor vehicles operated by physically handicapped persons, those reserved spaces shall be indicated by blue paint on the curb or edge of the paved portion of the street or parking lot adjacent to the space. In addition to blue paint, the space reserved shall also be indicated by signs or other suitable means. The law enforcement agency of the city may enforce the provisions of this section in any parking lot or parking facility that is generally open to the public, whether publicly or privately owned.
Sec. 10-294. Interfering with parking control markings.
No person, other than a police officer shall alter, remove, or in any way interfere with chalk or other marks placed on a motor vehicle by police officers or a car marker, in enforcing parking controls.
Sec. 10-298. Restricted parking areas—Street cleaning program.
(a) A street cleaning program established for the purpose of allowing street cleaning, snow removal, street repair, forestry maintenance, and similar work to be performed by the city during certain restricted hours, is hereby created. No parking shall be allowed in restricted areas as established by the City of Williston Director of Public Works. Upon establishing such restricted areas, the director of public works shall file with the chief of police and the auditor of the City of Williston a description of such restricted parking areas and shall also file with the chief of police and the auditor of the City of Williston a map designating the various parking restricted areas.
(b) The signing requirements provided in section 10-266 of this code shall not apply to these parking restrictions, provided, however, that because of heavy parking demands within certain areas of the city, these parking restrictions may not apply for the entire time period, and it shall be the duty of the director of public works to designate such parking demand areas and to sign such areas accordingly to prohibit parking for designated periods of time. The director of public works may elect to place signs throughout the city establishing limitations on parking at certain times and days. In the event the director public works elects to post such signs, the restricted parking areas shall not be modified until the appropriate signs indicating the changes have been posted.
(c) In any prosecution charging a violation of this section, proof that the particular vehicle described in the complaint was parked in violation of any law or regulation, together with proof that the defendant named in the complaint was at the time of such parking the registered owner of such vehicle, shall constitute in evidence a prima facie presumption 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.
(d) Vehicles parked in violation of any provision of this section shall be deemed to constitute an obstruction of the streets and a public nuisance.
Sec. 10-289. Loading and unloading of freight and merchandise.
[Ord. No. 577, 1-26-1982]
(a) A vehicle may be allowed to double park for the purpose of loading or discharging passengers or for unloading freight when there is no alley reasonably available for such purpose and no other curb side parking space available and the freight to be unloaded is of a heavy or bulky nature, but only for such length of time as is absolutely necessary for such loading and unloading and conclusion of that business transaction, except that in the central business district no merchandise or freight pickups or deliveries whatsoever shall be made from double-parked vehicles between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on any day except Sundays and legal holidays and no vehicle shall double park for such purposes between such hours.
(b) Any person owning, driving, operating or having under his control any vehicle shall not permit the same to stand or be parked in any alley, except while loading or unloading freight or merchandise. If any vehicle is left parked or standing in any alley during such loading or unloading operations it shall be located so that it does not block the alley if space permits and shall be located as close to the edge of the alley as possible.
(c) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to drive or permit to be driven any semi-trailer or truck having more than two axles by backing the vehicle into a curb unless such person, firm or corporation shall provide a person or arrange with some person, in addition to the driver, to act as flagman during all operations. Such flagman shall station himself in a position so that he can warn both pedestrians and moving traffic so that the driver can back the vehicle in a safe manner.
(d) If any person owning or having under his control a vehicle used for the loading or unloading of freight or merchandise is unable to carry out reasonable deliveries of such freight or merchandise to a particular business establishment or customer and be in compliance with the provisions of this section and all other applicable traffic ordinances of the city, he may apply to the chief of police for a temporary permit allowing deliveries to be made in accordance with written criteria prepared by the chief of police or his designee. Whether such temporary permit is granted will be in the discretion of the chief of police.
(e) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to block any sidewalk in its entirety during the loading or unloading of freight or merchandise so as to preclude safe pedestrian passage along the sidewalk.
(f) For each violation of the provisions of this section there shall be imposed a fine of up to $100.
§ 10-290 Standing in passenger curb loading zone.
[Ord. No. 577, 1-26-1982]
(a) No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle for any purpose or period of time other than for the expeditious loading or unloading of passengers in any place marked as a passenger curb loading zone during the hours when the regulations applicable to such curb loading zone are effective, and then only for a period not to exceed five minutes, except in a hospital loading and unloading zone.
(b) No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle for any purpose or period of time other than for the expeditious loading, or unloading and transfer of persons or patients in any place marked as a hospital passenger curb loading zone during the hours when the regulations are applicable to such curb loading zone designated as a hospital loading zone and then only for a period not to exceed 15 minutes.