Parking Regulations & Violations

Regulations for On-Street Parking


What Parking Regulations apply to me?

Unsure about the parking regulations that might apply to the area in which you are seeking on-street parking? In addition to posted signs you can refer to our Residential Services Search Tool. Type in the address where you would like to park to see about applicable on-street parking regulations in that area (and lots of other useful information!).

24-Hour Parking

The city has a city-wide 24-hour parking restriction in addition to other parking regulations. This regulation requires that a vehicle be moved at least once every 24-hours Monday through Friday. 

Odd / Even Parking

Odd/ Even parking regulations are in effect between November 1st and April 1st. The Odd/ Even parking regulation mandates that from 7 p.m. on an odd-numbered calendar day to 6 a.m. the next day, cars must park on the odd side of the street (where the house numbers are odd). On an even day from 7 p.m. to the next day at 6 a.m., cars must park on the even side of the street. 

The City will only enforce the Odd/ Even parking regulations when needed (during a snow event or other situations when it is necessary to clear the streets of vehicles).  If you wish to be notified when the odd/even parking regulations will be enforced, you may sign up for our "Odd/Even Parking Notifications" list here via Swift911TM, the City's emergency alert system. You can also text "Swift911" to "99538". Be sure to select the "Odd/Even Parking Notifications" subscription list, along with any others that may be helpful to you. This website will also have an alert posted to it until the enforcement period ends. While enforcement of the regulations is in effect, everyone must comply with the regulations or risk receiving a parking ticket.

If your street only has parking on one side of the street, you may have to find parking on a nearby street on alternate days.

Your compliance with these regulations helps keep the city's streets free from accumulated snow, ice, and debris.

Streets marked permanently for 24-hour parking are exempt from the odd/even parking regulation.
Additional Odd/ Even Exemptions

Abandoned Vehicles

Vehicles that remain on the street and have not moved in 72 hours can be considered abandoned and become subject to towing at the owner's expense. DO NOT leave your vehicle on the street when you leave town for extended vacations or school breaks, as it may not be there when you get back. Towing and storage fees are expensive! Long-term parking is available at the parking garages.  Contact the Parking Division at (607) 327-0700 or email krogers@cityofithaca.org for more information.


City Parking Violation Ticket Payments

The Chamberlain's Office accepts payments of tickets issued for parking violations within the City of Ithaca. 

Parking tickets can be paid with a credit card online here

You can also mail your payment to:

City of Ithaca Traffic Violations Bureau
108 East Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

If you have questions about your ticket, or need to get in touch with the Traffic Violations Bureau call (607) 274-6581. Please have your license plate number handy so that your ticket information can be verified.


If you would like to dispute a parking ticket please use the Parking Violation Pre-Trial Appeal form. If you need to get in touch with the Traffic Violations Bureau call (607) 274-6581. Please have your license plate number handy so that your ticket information can be verified.

Late Payments

Parking tickets not paid or appealed within 20 days of issuance accrue a late payment penalty of $15 in addition to the fine. Also, failure to pay or respond to parking tickets may result in certification as a scofflaw with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and prevent the renewal or transferring of the vehicle registration. If more than five tickets remain unpaid, the vehicle to which the tickets were issued may be impounded.


Parking Violations and Fee Schedule

CITY OF ITHACA, SCHEDULE OF PARKING FINES
ADOPTED MAY 2, 2018
VIOLATION LAWFINE
 OVERTIME METER CITY CODE § 346-41 $15.00
 OVERTIME ZONE CITY CODE §§ 346-25 – 27 $15.00
 PARKING RAMP OVERNIGHT W/O PERMIT CITY CODE § 346-39 $25.00
 CURB (12’’) NYS VTL § 1203(a) $25.00
 SCHOOL ZONE CITY CODE § 356-3(E) $30.00
 PROHIBITED AREA CITY CODE §§ 346-19 – 29 $30/45/60*
BETWEEN CURB AND WALK CITY CODE § 346-28 $25.00
BUS STOP/TAXI STAND NYS VTL § 1200 $30.00
FIRE HYDRANT/FIRE ZONE NYS VTL § 1202(b) $50.00
CROSSWALK (20’) NYS VTL § 1202(a)(2)(b) $30.00
SIDEWALK NYS VTL § 1202(a)(1)(b)$25.00
OVERTIME NIGHT, ODD/EVEN CITY CODE § 346-26 $15/30/45*
OTHER N/A$30.00
DRIVEWAY NYS VTL § 1202(a)(2)(a) $35.00
PRIVATE PROPERTY CITY CODE § 250-6$30.00
WRONG DIRECTION NYS VTL § 1203(c) $15.00
TRUCK ZONE CITY CODE § 346-3(L) $30/45/60*
DOUBLE PARKING NYS VTL § 1202(a)(1)(a) $30.00
UNINSPECTED NYS VTL § 306(b) $25.00
 ABANDONED NYS VTL § 1224 $25.00
 HANDICAP NYS VTL § 1203-b $100/150/200*
 YARD PARKING CITY CODE § 325-20(D)(2)(a) $20/30/50*
 ACCESS NYS UNIFORM CODE § 503.5 $50.00
 OBSTRUCTION OF LANE/ALLEY NYS VTL § 202(A) $50.00
 RESIDENTIAL PERMIT ZONE CITY CODE § 260-5 $15/30/45*
* Escalating fine amounts for the first, second, and third violation(s) within an 18-month period.

Call Parking Violations at 607-274-6581 if you have questions.


Moving Violations

The City Chamberlain's Office DOES NOT accept payments for tickets issued for moving violations within the city. City-issued moving violations are payable at:

City Court
118 E. Clinton St.
Ithaca, NY 14850