Chapter 2
PARKING RESTRICTIONSlinklink

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5-2-1: PARKING PROHIBITED:
5-2-2: TIME LIMIT PARKING:
5-2-3: RESTRICTED PARKING:
5-2-4: PARKING VEHICLES FOR SALE:
5-2-5: PARKING LIGHTS:
5-2-6: SNOW EMERGENCY REGULATIONS:
5-2-6-1: DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY:
5-2-6-2: DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY TO THE PUBLIC:
5-2-6-3: PARKING RESTRICTIONS:
5-2-6-4: STALLED VEHICLE ON PRIMARY SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTE:
5-2-6-5: SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES DESIGNATED:
5-2-6-6: SIGNS TO MARK SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES AND SNOW REMOVAL DISTRICTS:
5-2-6-7: VIOLATIONS; IMPOUNDMENT:
5-2-7: PARKING REGULATIONS OTHER THAN DURING A DECLARED SNOW EMERGENCY:
5-2-7-1: DECLARATION OF SNOW REMOVAL STATUS:
5-2-7-2: PARKING SCHEDULE ESTABLISHED:
5-2-7-3: RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMITS:
5-2-8: VOLUNTEERS AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE PARKING TICKETS:
5-2-9: PARKING TICKETS:
5-2-10: PENALTIES AND IMPOUNDMENT:
5-2-11: PROHIBITION ON PARKING IN FRONT AND SIDE YARDS:

5-2-1: PARKING PROHIBITED:linklink


No person shall park a vehicle in any of the following places:

On a sidewalk;

Within five feet (5') of a public or private driveway;

Within an intersection;

Within ten feet (10') of a fire hydrant;

On a crosswalk;

Within twenty feet (20') of a crosswalk at any intersection;

Within twenty feet (20') of a driveway entrance to the fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy five feet (75') of said entrance when properly posted;

On the road side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a roadway. (Ord. 174; amd. Ord. 232; 1967 Code §61.05)
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5-2-2: TIME LIMIT PARKING:linklink


A. No person shall park any vehicle on a public street contrary to posted time limits as approved by the city council or for longer than twenty four (24) hours in one location. It shall be necessary to move a parked vehicle a distance of at least one city block. (Ord. 2012-12, 8-13-2012)

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5-2-3: RESTRICTED PARKING:linklink


A. Parallel Parking: Vehicles on streets shall be parked in the direction of flow of traffic substantially parallel with the curbside wheels resting not more than eighteen inches (18") from the curb, or curb lines if there is no curb.


B. Adjacent To Fire Hydrants: No person shall park an unattended vehicle along any curb or edge of any roadway within the city within ten feet (10') either side of a line extended perpendicular to said curb or said edge of a roadway to a fire hydrant adjacent thereto.


C. Adjacent To Driveways: No person shall park an unattended vehicle within five feet (5') of either side of a public or private driveway where such public or private driveway enters or exits a public street or roadway within the city.


D. Semitrailers: No semitrailer may be dollied down, or detached from the truck-tractor on any public street, avenue, boulevard, or alley within the city.


E. Commercial And Oversized Vehicle Restrictions In Residential Districts: Certain commercial and oversized vehicles are restricted from parking on streets in residential districts for more than one hour, except for the purpose of loading or unloading, or when actively engaged in authorized construction, delivery or repair services in the immediate area in which the vehicle is parked. For the purpose of this section, restricted vehicles include:

1. Truck/trailer combinations, truck-tractors, and tractor/semitrailers.

2. Buses designed for sixteen (16) or more passengers, including the driver's seat.

3. Single unit, two (2) axle, six (6) tire vehicles.

4. Single unit vehicles consisting of three (3) or more axles having a gross vehicle weight of fourteen thousand (14,000) pounds or more.

5. Commercial, industrial, or agricultural equipment, including, but not limited to, nonlicensed off road equipment (tractors, payloaders, front end loaders, and similar equipment).


F. Inoperable/Junk Vehicles: No partially dismantled, nonoperating, wrecked or junked vehicle may be parked on any street or highway within the city.


G. Snow Removal District: The city council may designate a snow removal district in an area identified as high density with limited parking; such a district must be posted as such. (Ord. 2016-18, 11-14-2016)

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5-2-4: PARKING VEHICLES FOR SALE:linklink

No person shall stand any vehicle on a street for the purposes of displaying a sign thereon that the vehicle is for sale or exchange, except when parked upon a public street immediately adjacent to the property lines of the vehicle owner's residence. (Ord. 2001-9, 5-7-2001)
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5-2-5: PARKING LIGHTS:linklink

The driver or owner of any vehicle is not required to display any lights upon any vehicle when it is parked in accordance with this title upon any street where there is sufficient light to clearly reveal any person or object within a distance of five hundred feet (500') upon the street. When lighting is insufficient to the above degree, the driver or owner of the parked vehicle upon any street shall display warning lights on the vehicle. (Ord. 174; amd. Ord. 232; 1967 Code §61.11)
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5-2-6: SNOW EMERGENCY REGULATIONS1:linklink
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5-2-6-1: DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY:linklink

Whenever, in the opinion of the city manager or designee, an emergency exists in the city because of falling snow, sleet, freezing rain or on the basis of a forecast by the U.S. weather bureau that weather conditions would create or will likely create a hazardous road condition impeding or likely to impede the free movement of fire, health, police, emergency or other vehicular traffic or otherwise endanger the safety and welfare of the community, such official shall put into effect a parking prohibition on snow emergency routes and in the snow removal district as established by this section by declaring in the manner prescribed in section 5-2-6-2 of this chapter that a snow emergency exists. (Ord. 2012-12, 8-13-2012)
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5-2-6-2: DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY TO THE PUBLIC:linklink


A. Authority To Declare Emergency: The city manager, or other official authorized by this section, shall cause each declaration made pursuant to this section to be publicly announced by means of broadcasts or telecasts from stations with a normal operating range covering the city, social/electronic media and alerts, and other means when feasible. Each announcement shall describe the action taken by the city manager or other official authorized by this section, including the time it became or will become effective, and shall specify the streets or areas affected. A parking prohibition declared by the city manager, or other official authorized by this section, shall specify whether it is applicable to primary snow emergency routes, primary and secondary snow emergency routes, and/or snow removal district(s), and shall not go into effect until at least three (3) hours after it has been announced at least three (3) times between six o'clock (6:00) A.M. and eleven o'clock (11:00) P.M. on any day for snow emergency routes. For snow removal district(s), the above described announcements shall occur the day preceding normal no parking restricted streets and avenues in the district. The announcement shall advise the public that violators are subject to towing/impoundment for street cleaning. (Ord. 2013-10, 6-24-2013)


B. Records Maintained: The city manager, or other official authorized by this section, shall make or cause to be made a record of each time and date when any declaration is announced to the public in accordance with this section; said records to be kept for a period of sixty (60) days.


C. Termination Of Parking Prohibition: Whenever the city manager, or other official authorized by this section, shall find that some or all of the conditions which give rise to a parking prohibition in effect pursuant to this section no longer exist, the city manager or other authorized official may declare the prohibition terminated, in whole or in part, in the manner prescribed by this section, effective immediately upon announcement.


D. Provisions Temporarily Effective To Take Precedence: Any provision of this section which becomes effective by declaration of the city manager, or other official authorized by this section, or upon the occurrence of certain weather conditions shall, while temporarily in effect, take precedence over other conflicting provisions of law normally in effect, except that it shall not take precedence over provisions of law relating to traffic accidents, emergency travel of authorized emergency vehicles or emergency traffic directions by a police officer. (Ord. 2012-12, 8-13-2012)

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5-2-6-3: PARKING RESTRICTIONS:linklink


A. Parking On Primary Snow Emergency Routes:

1. A parking prohibition shall go into effect on primary snow emergency routes as necessary by declaring it in a manner prescribed by this section.

2. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection A1 of this section, a parking prohibition shall automatically go into effect on any part of any primary snow emergency route on which there has been an accumulation of snow and ice of four inches (4") or more for one hour or more between six o'clock (6:00) A.M. and eleven o'clock (11:00) P.M. of any day.

3. Once in effect, a prohibition under this subsection A shall remain in effect until terminated by announcement of the city manager or other authorized official in accordance with this section, except that any street area which has become substantially clear of snow and ice from curb to curb for the length of the entire block shall be automatically excluded therefrom. While the prohibition is in effect, no person shall park or allow to remain parked any vehicle on any portion of a primary snow emergency route to which it applies. However, nothing in this subsection shall be construed to permit parking at any time or place where it is forbidden by any other provision of law. (Ord. 2012-12, 8-13-2012)


B. Parking On Secondary Snow Emergency Routes:

1. As prescribed in section 5-2-6-1 of this chapter, if in the opinion of the city manager or other authorized official that an emergency condition exists, the city manager or other authorized official may put into effect a parking prohibition on secondary snow emergency routes as necessary by declaring it in a manner prescribed by this section. (Ord. 2013-01, 1-14-2013)

2. Once in effect, a prohibition under this subsection B shall remain in effect until terminated by announcement of the city manager in accordance with this section, except that any street area which has become substantially clear of snow and ice from curb to curb for the length of the entire block shall be automatically excluded therefrom. While the prohibition is in effect, no person shall park or allow to remain parked any vehicle on any portion of a secondary snow emergency route to which it applies. However, nothing in this subsection B shall be construed to permit parking at any time or place where it is forbidden by any other provision of law.

3. While the prohibition is in effect, no person shall park or allow to remain parked any vehicle on any secondary snow emergency route during the time from one minute after twelve o'clock (12:01) A.M. until eight o'clock (8:00) P.M. of any day.


C. Snow Removal District; Parking Regulations:

1. This area may require the city manager, or designee, to impose temporary parking restrictions to allow street plows to clean from curb to curb to maintain safe and efficient passage of emergency vehicles and local traffic.

2. The prohibition shall go into effect in the manner prescribed in section 5-2-6-2 of this chapter.

3. During a declared snow removal emergency for the district, vehicles parked in posted no parking zones/snow removal districts are subject to towing and impoundment at the owner's expense. (Ord. 2013-10, 6-24-2013)

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5-2-6-4: STALLED VEHICLE ON PRIMARY SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTE:linklink

Whenever a vehicle becomes stalled for any reason, whether or not in violation of this section, on any part of a primary snow emergency route on which there is a covering of snow, sleet or ice or on which there is a parking prohibition in effect, the person operating such vehicle shall take immediate action to have the vehicle towed or pushed off the roadway of such primary snow emergency route, either into the first cross street which is not a primary or secondary snow emergency route or onto the public space portion of a nearby driveway. No persons shall abandon or leave their vehicle in the roadway of a primary snow emergency route (regardless of whether they indicate, by raising the hood or otherwise, that the vehicle is stalled), except for the temporary purpose of securing assistance during the actual time necessary to go to a nearby telephone or to a nearby garage, gasoline station or other place of assistance and return without delay. Any persons leaving a vehicle to secure such assistance shall first turn on their warning lights and raise the hood on their vehicle. (Ord. 2012-12, 8-13-2012)
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5-2-6-5: SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES DESIGNATED:linklink


A. The streets or portions of streets within the city that are designated as primary and secondary snow emergency routes shall be found by going to the city website map of emergency routes http://www.cityofmoorhead.com/Uploads/Maps/Snow_Routes.pdf. (Ord. 2012-12, 8-13-2012)

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5-2-6-6: SIGNS TO MARK SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES AND SNOW REMOVAL DISTRICTS:linklink

On each street designated by this chapter as a primary snow emergency route, such streets shall be posted with special signs at intervals not exceeding three hundred feet (300') with the wording "Snow Emergency Route".

On each street designated as a secondary snow emergency route, such streets shall be posted with special signs at intervals not exceeding three hundred feet (300') with the wording "Secondary Snow Emergency Route".

On streets or avenues designated by the city council as within a snow removal district, such streets shall be posted with signs designating the snow removal district at intervals not exceeding three hundred feet (300').

Signs posted in accordance with this section shall be distinctive and uniform in appearance and shall be plainly visible and readable to persons traveling on the street or highway. (Ord. 2012-12, 8-13-2012)
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5-2-6-7: VIOLATIONS; IMPOUNDMENT:linklink


A. Impound Vehicle, Fees:

1. Any vehicle stopped on any primary or secondary snow emergency route when an emergency declaration has been issued in violation of any of the provisions of this section 5-2-6 may be impounded, and no person shall recover any vehicle removed pursuant to this section without first paying the cost of removal and the cost of storage. (Ord. 2013-01, 1-14-2013)

2. Any vehicle stopped or parked within a designated snow removal district contrary to the posted regular street maintenance parking regulation when a snow removal declaration is issued may be impounded, and no person shall recover any vehicle removed pursuant to this section without first paying the cost of removal and the cost of storage. (Ord. 2014-17, 9-8-2014)

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5-2-7: PARKING REGULATIONS OTHER THAN DURING A DECLARED SNOW EMERGENCY:linklink
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5-2-7-1: DECLARATION OF SNOW REMOVAL STATUS:linklink

Whenever in the opinion of the city manager or, in the absence of the city manager, the assistant city manager, or their designee in the event both the city manager and assistant city manager are absent, streets and roadways in the city have accumulated sufficient snow which creates or will likely create hazardous road conditions impeding or likely to impede the free movement of fire, health, police, emergency or other vehicular traffic or otherwise endanger the safety and welfare of the community, such official shall put into effect parking prohibitions and regulations on all streets and avenues within the city as established by this section by declaring that snow removal regulations shall become effective. (Ord. 665, 12-18-1978)

Notwithstanding provisions of this section to the contrary, in the event of a snow emergency declaration pursuant to section 5-2-6 of this chapter, all provisions of said section 5-2-6 of this chapter shall apply and shall supersede the provisions of this section 5-2-7. (Ord. 740, 5-18-1981)
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5-2-7-2: PARKING SCHEDULE ESTABLISHED:linklink

Parking shall be prohibited on streets, avenues and roadways within the city for purposes of permitting snow removal, street sweeping, and other road maintenance activities according to a schedule adopted by resolution of the city council. Such resolution shall include areas covered, days covered, and times covered. (Ord. 98-2, 3-16-1998)
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5-2-7-3: RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMITS:linklink


A. Permits may be issued to registered residents that live on streets, avenues, and roadways in three (3) hour parking zones exempting one vehicle from three (3) hour parking limits as follows:

1. Permit must be in full view as prescribed in application process for parking enforcement officers to examine and validate when parked on the street.

2. Permits are valid for one year in correlation to the parking calendar schedule.

3. Permit is only valid within zone designated by registered address.

4. Possession or use of duplicated or unofficially fabricated permits is a violation of this section. (Ord. 2013-12, 8-12-2013)

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5-2-8: VOLUNTEERS AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE PARKING TICKETS:linklink


A. In regard to parking tickets for violations of state law relating to physically disabled parking requirements contained in Minnesota Statutes Annotated section 169.346, and related sections, the city authorizes citizen volunteers to issue citations to violators.


B. Citizen volunteers must first complete a training program in the requirements of the law and be authorized by the police chief to issue citations. The police department shall establish a training program and establish other criteria for such volunteers.


C. Qualified and authorized volunteers may issue citations by placing parking tickets on any vehicle violating state law relating to physically disabled parking requirements in the same manner that licensed police officers may do so in the city. (Ord. 98-16, 1-4-1999)

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5-2-9: PARKING TICKETS:linklink

Any parking ticket that is issued against any vehicle by reason of violating parking regulations shall be prima facie evidence that the owner of the vehicle committed the violation described and set forth in the parking ticket. (Ord. 174; amd. Ord. 232; 1967 Code §61.21)
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5-2-10: PENALTIES AND IMPOUNDMENT:linklink

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter may be charged with an administrative offense pursuant to section 1-4-5 of this code, or alternatively, a criminal offense if a violation is committed in a manner or under circumstances so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property. If charged with a criminal offense and convicted, the person shall be penalized in accordance with the provisions of section 1-4-2 of this code. The determination as to whether to treat a violation as an administrative offense or as a criminal offense shall be up to the discretion of the authority issuing the citation. Any vehicle parked in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter may be impounded, and no person shall recover any vehicle impounded pursuant to this section without first paying the impound fees and charges as established by the city's fee schedule. (Ord. 2015-19, 10-12-2015)
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5-2-11: PROHIBITION ON PARKING IN FRONT AND SIDE YARDS:linklink

No person shall park in a front or side yard in a residential zoning district except on a paved surface and in accordance with the zoning regulations of the city of Moorhead contained in title 10 of this code. (Ord. 2000-3, 4-3-2000)
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Footnote 1: See also subsection 5-1-10A2 of this title.