city ordinances – chapter 9
(SEE CHAPTER 7 FOR DEFINITIONS, SCOPE AND APPLICATION RELATING TO THIS CHAPTER)
SEC. 9.01. PRESUMPTION. As to any vehicle parking in violation of Chapters 7, 8 and 9 when the driver thereof is not present, it shall be presumed that the owner parked the same, or that the driver was acting as the agent of the owner.
SEC. 9.02. GENERAL PARKING PROHIBITIONS. It is unlawful for any person to stop, stand or park a vehicle except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the specific directions of a police officer or traffic control device in any of the following places: (1) on a sidewalk; (2) in front of a public or private driveway; (3) within an intersection; (4) within ten feet of a fire hydrant; (5) on a crosswalk; (6) within twenty feet of a crosswalk at any intersection; (7) in a sign-posted fire lane; (8) within thirty feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop sign or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway; (9) within fifty feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing; (10) within twenty 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 feet of said entrance when properly sign-posted; (11) alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when such stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic; (12) on the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street; (13) upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a street; (14) at any place where official signs prohibit or restrict stopping, parking or both; (15) in any alley, except for loading or unloading and then only so long as reasonably necessary for such loading and unloading to or from adjacent premises; or, (16) on any boulevard which has been curbed.
SEC. 9.03. RECREATIONAL CAMPING VEHICLE PARKING.
Subd. 1. Definition. The term “recreational camping vehicle” means any of the following:
A. “Travel Trailer” – A vehicular, portable structure built on a chassis, designed to be used as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreational, and vacation uses, permanently identified “Travel Trailer” by the manufacturer of the trailer.
B. “Pick-up Coach” – A structure designed to be mounted on a truck chassis for use as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreation and vacation.
C. “Motor Home” – A portable, temporary building to be used for travel, recreation and vacation, constructed as an integral part of a self-propelled vehicle.
D. “Camping Trailer” – A folding structure, mounted on wheels and designed for travel, recreation and vacation uses.
Subd. 2. Unlawful Act. It is unlawful for any person to leave or park a recreational camping vehicle on or within the limits of any street or right-of-way for a continuous period in excess of twenty-four (24) hours, except where signs are erected designating the place as a campsite or in a mobile home park. Provided, however, that during such twenty-four hour period, such vehicle shall not be occupied as living quarters.
SEC. 9.04. UNAUTHORIZED REMOVAL. It is unlawful for any person to move a vehicle not owned by such person into any prohibited area or away from a curb such distance as is unlawful.
SEC. 9.05. DIRECTION TO PROCEED. It is unlawful for any person to stop or park a vehicle on a street when directed or ordered to proceed by any police officer invested by law with authority to direct, control or regulate traffic.
SEC. 9.06. PARALLEL PARKING. Except where angle parking is specifically allowed and indicated by curb marking or sign-posting, or both, each vehicle stopped or parked upon a two-way road where there is an adjacent curb shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle parallel with, and within twelve inches of, the right-hand curb, and, where painted markings appear on the curb or the street, such vehicle shall be within such markings, front and rear; provided that upon a one-way roadway all vehicles shall be so parked, except that the left-hand wheels of the vehicle may be parallel with and within twelve inches from the left-hand curb, but the front of the vehicle in any event and with respect to the remainder of the vehicle, shall be in the direction of the flow of traffic upon such one-way street; and it is unlawful to park in violation of this Section.
SEC. 9.07. ANGLE PARKING. Where angle parking has been established by Council resolution, and is allowed, as shown by curb marking or sign-posting, or both, each vehicle stopped or parked shall be at an angle of approximately 45 to 60 degrees with the front wheel touching the curb and within any parking lines painted on the curb or street, provided that the front wheel not touching the curb shall be the portion of the vehicle furthest in the direction of one- way traffic; and it is unlawful to park in violation of this Section.
SEC. 9.08. STREETS WITHOUT CURB. Upon streets not having a curb each vehicle shall be stopped or parked parallel and to the right of the paving, improved or main traveled part of the street; and it is unlawful to park in violation of this Section.
SEC. 9.09. PARKING HOURS. Parking on streets shall be limited as follows:
Subd. 1. It is unlawful for any person to stop, park or leave standing any vehicle upon any street for a continuous period in excess of twenty-four (24) hours.
Subd. 2. The Chief of Police may, when authorized by resolution of the Council, designate certain streets, blocks or portions of streets or blocks as prohibited parking zones, or five-minute, ten-minute, fifteen-minute, thirty-minute, one-hour, two-hour, four-hour, six-hour, eight-hour, morning or afternoon rush hour limited parking zones and shall mark by appropriate signs any zones so established. Such zones shall be established whenever necessary for the convenience of the public or to minimize traffic hazards and preserve a free flow of traffic. It is unlawful for any person to stop, park or leave standing any vehicle in a prohibited parking zone, for a period of time in excess of the sign-posted limitation, or during sign-posted hours of prohibited parking.
Subd. 3. It is unlawful for any person to remove, erase or otherwise obliterate any mark or sign placed upon a tire or other part of a vehicle by a police officer for the purpose of measuring the length of time such vehicle has been parked.
Subd. 4. For the purpose of enforcement of this Section, any vehicle moved less than one block in a limited time parking zone shall be deemed to have remained stationary.
SEC. 9.10. SNOW REMOVAL.
Subd. 1. Following any snowfall between the dates of November 1 of each year to April 1 of the year next following, it shall be unlawful to park or leave standing any vehicle on any street from 2:00 o’clock AM until such time as snow plowing curb-to-curb has been completed on such street, or as outlined in subdivision 2 of this section.
Subd. 2. In the event of a continuous and/or substantial snowfall, as determined by the City Administrator, a citywide snow emergency may be declared. It shall be unlawful to park on any city street during the time in which a snow emergency has been declared, until such time as the snow emergency is rescinded.
- Source: Ordinance 31, Series V
- Effective Date: 02-08-01
SEC. 9.11. TRUCK PARKING.
Subd. 1. It is unlawful to park a detached semi-trailer upon any street, City-owned parking lot, or other public property except such as are specifically designated by the Council by resolution and sign-posted.
Subd. 2. It is unlawful to park a truck (other than a truck of 12,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, or less), truck-trailer, tractor-trailer or truck-tractor within an area zoned as a residential district except for the purpose of loading or unloading the same, and then only during such time as is reasonably necessary for such activity.
Subd. 3. It is unlawful to park a commercial vehicle of more than 12,000 pounds gross vehicle weight upon any street in the business district except streets as specifically designated by the Council by resolution and sign-posted, but parking of such vehicle for a period of not more than twenty (20) minutes shall be permitted in such space for the purpose of necessary access to abutting property while actively loading or unloading when such access cannot reasonably be secured from an alley or from an adjacent street where truck parking is not so restricted.
Subd. 4. It is unlawful to park a truck or other vehicle using or equipped with a trailer, or extended body or other extension or projection beyond the original length of such vehicle, or any passenger bus, diagonally along any street except for a time sufficient to load or unload, and in such case, only parallel parking shall be permitted. Provided, however, that a truck may stand backed up to the curb if the weight or bulk of the load makes parallel parking impracticable, but then only for a period of time sufficient to load or unload.
Subd. 5. Parking of commercial vehicles is permitted in duly designated and sign-posted loading zones, and in alleys, for a period of up to twenty (20) minutes, provided that such alley parking does not prevent the flow of traffic therein, all of which shall be for the purpose of access to abutting or adjacent property while actively loading or unloading.
Source: City Code
Effective Date: 10-1-85
SEC. 9.12. PARKING RULES IN CITY PARKING LOTS AND RAMPS.
Subd. 1. In City-owned parking lots and ramps, the Council may limit the sizes and types of motor vehicles to be parked thereon, hours of parking, and prescribed method of parking, provided that such limitations and restrictions are marked or sign-posted thereon. It is unlawful to drive in a direction opposite the flow of traffic marked by “one-way” signs or arrows, or to park any vehicle in any City-owned parking lot or ramp contrary to the restrictions or limitations marked or sign-posted therein.
- Source: Ordinance No. 40, Series III
- Effective Date: 2-7-92
Subd. 2. It is unlawful to park or place any motor vehicle and/or merchandise for the purpose of displaying it for sale, transfer or disposal in Municipal Parking Lots.
Subd. 3. For the purposes of this section, motor vehicle is to be defined as every vehicle which is self-propelled, to include but not be limited to, all makes and models of trucks and cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, personal watercraft and all-terrain vehicles.
Subd. 4. For the purposes of this section, merchandise shall include, but not be limited to, real goods and personal services. By way of example and not by way of limitation, real goods includes bicycles, lawn mowers or implements of husbandry.
Subd. 5. It is unlawful to park any motor vehicle or apparatus used for the purposes of peddling merchandise in Municipal Parking Lots.
Subd. 6. Exceptions.
A. Sale of merchandise may be made from Municipal Parking Lots with the specific approval from the City Administrator for purposes of the Annual Buffalo Days Event and the Annual Arts and Crafts Fair or other community wide sponsored events that relate to tourism or economic development.
Source: Ordinance 37, Series V
Effective Date: 11-05-2001
B. Permitted Parking in Municipal Parking Lots. Persons residing in rental units within the City of Buffalo Central Business District (CBD), who lack sufficient off-street vehicle parking at the location of their rental unit, may apply for and be granted a permit to park in a specifically designated parking lot within the CBD. Permits are to be issued by the City of Buffalo by application on an approved form, at a cost to be set by the City Council. Permits are valid for one calendar year and must display a permit number, and a number designating which parking lot within the CBD they are authorized to park in. Vehicles displaying a valid parking permit are subject to all applicable laws and ordinances related to parking, except that a properly permitted vehicle may be left parked continuously within the parking lot designated on the permit within the CBD for a period not to exceed fourteen (14) days. No other special privileges or exemptions are granted to a person displaying a parking permit of this nature other than those specified within this section.
Source: Ordinance 66, Series V
Effective Date: 03-15-2007
SEC. 9.13. IMPOUNDING AND REMOVING VEHICLES. When any police officer finds a vehicle standing upon a street or City-owned parking lot in violation of any parking regulation, such officer is hereby authorized to require the driver or other person in charge of such vehicle to remove the same to a position in compliance with this Chapter. When any police officer finds a vehicle unattended upon any street or City-owned parking lot in violation of any parking regulation, such officer is hereby authorized to impound such unlawfully parked vehicle and to provide for the removal thereof and to remove the same to a convenient garage or other facility or place of safety; provided, that if any charge shall be placed against such vehicle for cost of removal or storage, or both, by anyone called upon to assist therewith the same shall be paid prior to removal from such place of storage or safekeeping.
SEC. 9.14. LOADING ZONES. The Council may, by resolution, establish loading zones to be used for the specific purpose of loading or unloading merchandise from a commercial vehicle or vehicle temporarily being utilized in the transport of merchandise. Such loading zones shall be installed by order of the City where in the judgment of the Council a commercial loading zone is justified, and duly sign-posted.
SEC. 9.15. UNATTENDED VEHICLE.
Subd. 1. It is unlawful for any person to leave a motor vehicle unattended and unlocked while the engine is running on any street or private or public parking lot.
Subd. 2. It is unlawful for any person to leave a motor vehicle unattended and unlocked with the key in the ignition on any street or private or public parking lot.
SEC. 9.16. VEHICLE REPAIR ON STREETS AND CITY-OWNED PARKING LOTS. It is unlawful for any person to service, repair, assemble or dismantle any vehicle parked upon a street or City-owned parking lot, or attempt to do so, except to service such vehicle with gasoline or oil or to provide emergency repairs thereon, but in no event for more than twenty-four (24) hours.
SEC. 9.17. PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PARKING.
Subd. 1. Statutory parking privileges for physically handicapped shall be strictly observed and enforced. Police officers are authorized to tag vehicles on either private or public property in violation of such statutory privileges.
Subd. 2. It is unlawful for any person, whether or not physically handicapped, to stop, park, or leave standing, a motor vehicle (1) in a sign-posted fire lane at any time, or (2) in lanes where, and during such hours as, parking is prohibited to accommodate heavy traffic during morning and afternoon rush hours.
SEC. 9.18. PARKING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY WITHOUT CONSENT. It is a misdemeanor to park or abandon a motor vehicle on the property of another, or upon an area developed as an off-street parking facility, without the consent of the owner, lessee or person in charge of any such property or facility.
Source: City Code
Effective Date: 10-1-85
SEC. 9.99. VIOLATION A MISDEMEANOR OR PETTY MISDEMEANOR. Every person violates a section, subdivision, paragraph or provision of this Chapter when he performs an act thereby prohibited or declared unlawful, or fails to act when such failure is thereby prohibited or declared unlawful, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as follows:
Subd. 1. Where the specific section, subdivision, paragraph or provision specifically makes violation a misdemeanor, he shall be punished as for a misdemeanor; where a violation is committed in a manner or under circumstances so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property, he shall be punished as for a misdemeanor; where he stands convicted of violation of any provision of this Chapter, exclusive of violations relating to the standing or parking of an unattended vehicle, within the immediate preceding 12-month period for the third or subsequent time, he shall be punished as for a misdemeanor.
Subd. 2. As to any violation not constituting a misdemeanor under the provisions of Subdivision 1 hereof, he shall be punished as for a petty misdemeanor.
Source: City Code
Effective Date: 10-1-85