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Residential Parking Permit System

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If you live in a block that has been designated as being part of the city’s Residential Parking Permit System (Zone A or B Permits), you may be able to purchase a parking permit from the City Clerk’s Office. If you qualify, please bring something that proves your residency (lease, drivers license, utility bill), and your vehicle registration with you. The permit fee is $45 and the year runs from August 1 – July 31. Eligibility is determined by the criteria listed below. Please feel free to contact the City Clerk’s Office at (607) 274-6570 if you have any questions about this program.

Residential Parking Permit System

Adopted by the Board of Public Works on June 9, 2004

Petitioning to Join the Permit System.

A. Residents within the residential parking permit zone established by Common Council on May 6, 1998, are required to petition the City Clerk’s office for the establishment of a Residential Parking Permit Area.

B. A Residential Parking Permit Area within the Residential Parking Permit Zone shall be one permit block. Each permit block shall be established according to the block numbers, such as the 100 or 200 block of a street.

C. Only R1 and R2 zones, as established in the City Zoning Ordinance Section 325-4 of the Municipal Code of the City of Ithaca are eligible to participate in the Residential Parking Permit System.

D. A permit block is one city street and its abutting block faces, which differs from a city block. A city block does not include the street.

E. The permit block for a corner property shall be determined by the property’s assessment address.

Petition Eligibility.

A. The petition may be requested from the City Clerk’s Office, and when returned must be signed by at least 51% of the eligible residents in the proposed permit block in order to qualify for inclusion in the permit system.

B. In an R1 zone, not more than one resident per tax parcel shall be permitted to sign the petition for the establishment of the permit system.

C. In an R2 zone, not more than one resident per dwelling unit or two residents per tax parcel, whichever is fewer, shall be permitted to sign the petition for the establishment of the permit system.

D. All eligible residents signing the petition must be at least 18 years of age.

E. A block petitioning for the permit system must hereby meet certain minimum requirements with respect to parking occupancy. The City Traffic Engineer will conduct a parking survey over two separate days during average weekly peak hours to determine that at least 75% of the legally available parking spaces are being utilized.

Permit System Renewal.

Once a block is included in the permit system, it is included unless and until it is formally repealed.

Permit System Repeal.

A. If 51% of the eligible residents wish to have the permit system regulations rescinded, they may petition for removal from the Residential Parking Permit System.

B. Action to rescind may not begin until a waiting period of six months from the enactment date for that block has passed.

C. The Board of Public Works reserves the right to rescind the Residential Parking Permit System Regulations for a block if the City Traffic Engineer determines that the parking permit system is being underutilized by the eligible residents of the block. The determination may be made based on the fact that less than 25% of the eligible permits for the block have been sold in the past two (2) consecutive years,

Permit Allocation.

A. Only residents of properties zoned R1 and R2 located in the Residential Parking Permit Zone shall be eligible to purchase parking permits.

B. The City zoning category in which the property is located shall determine the maximum number of permits allowed per dwelling unit.

C. Properties in an R1 zone are hereby allowed access to two permits, and no more.

D. Properties in an R2 zone are hereby allowed access to two permits per dwelling unit with a maximum of four permits and no more per property. Based on City zoning laws the greatest legal number of dwelling units allowed in a structure in an R2 zone is two.

E. Permits shall be issued to vehicles registered to, or under the control of, residents in the permit area, and are non-transferable.

F. Permits shall be available for sale on August 1st and shall expire on July 31st of the following year.

G. Residents in blocks participating in the Residential Parking Permit System may purchase up to 4 Visitor Passes per year with a limit of 8 passes per property in an R1 zone and 16 passes per property in an R2 zone. Visitor Passes shall be valid for a period of two consecutive weeks, and will be issued to a specific vehicle.

H. It shall be a violation of Chapter 260 of the City of Ithaca Municipal Code entitled "Residential Parking Permit System" for residents to purchase permits for people who do not reside in the permit area.

Permit Allocation for Non-Conforming Uses

A. Properties not conforming to the traditional R1 and R2 zone uses (such as grandfathered properties) shall not receive any grandfathered rights regarding parking permit system.

B. Grandfathered properties in an R1 zone shall hereby be considered a single-family house.

C. Grandfathered properties in an R2 zone shall hereby be treated as a duplex.

D. The zone in which the property is located, not the number of apartments or the number of occupants, determines how many permits may be purchased.

Permit Issuance.

A. The permits shall be issued to individual residents of a permit area and assigned to a unique vehicle license plate number.

B. A resident is defined as any person, homeowner or renter, living in a dwelling unit in a permit area.

C. The issuance of permits through landlords is hereby prohibited.

D. Homeowners and renters must provide the vehicle registration or copy thereof, of the vehicle in question.

E. Homeowners and renters may prove residency by producing a deed, current lease, driver’s license with valid address, telephone or utility bill, or other similar documentation.

F. The fee for a residential parking permit shall be $45 per year.

G. Permits may be purchased any time during the year for the said annual fee.

H. Partial year permits shall not be issued.

I. Permits shall be valid from date of issue through July 31.

J. The fee for a visitor pass is $10.

K. This is a voluntary program. Residents living in a block included in the permit system are not required to purchase permits, however compliance with city parking regulations is required.

L. Permits may be renewed through the mail with proper documentation and a $45 fee. Permits will be issued by the City Clerk’s Office on a "first come – first served" basis.

M. If a permit holder wishes to transfer a permit to a different vehicle, or there is a change of license plates on a vehicle with a permit, the new license plate number and vehicle identification number must be reported to the City Clerk. A new permit will be issued without charge, only if physical remnants of the old permit are returned. If the physical remnants of the old permit are not returned, the new permit will only be issued if there is an eligible permit available for the property, at a cost of $45.

Hours in Effect

A. Permit requirements established pursuant to this section shall be in effect during all or a portion of the following times: From Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays.

B. Permit holders will be exempt from the 9am-1pm and 1-5pm "no parking" regulations in resident parking permit areas.

C. Street signage will display the restricted hours.

D. Permit holders and non-permit holders must abide by all other City parking restrictions set forth in the Vehicle and Traffic Chapter of the City of Ithaca Municipal Code including the odd/even overnight restriction, 24-hour parking limits, loading zones, handicap parking, etc.

E. Placement of the "no parking" time restrictions will be staggered in order to provide some short-term visitor parking on a block at all times. In the case of

blocks with legal on-street parking only on one side, the time restrictions will be split along the legal side of the street.

Permit System Alternative.

Residents may petition the City Traffic Engineer to install appropriate weekday time restriction signage (such as "No Parking 9 am – 1 pm") on their streets. This offers an alternative option for blocks that elect not to participate in the permit system but want the benefits of time restricted parking for their street.

Appeal Process

Residents may file written appeals with the Board of Public Works for either hardship consideration or the denial of permits by the City Clerk’s Office.