Holiday Parking

shutterstock_271973669The state and city regulate parking laws, including whether you can or cannot park on public streets. As a community, your association must follow the state and city regulations, but during the holidays, cities often make special exceptions. Learn the traditional rules and special exceptions, so your neighborhood is in the know.

What Are the Most Common Parking Rules?

Start learning about special parking considerations by brushing up on the most common parking rules. In some cases, signs are used to tell you where and when you can park, but in other cases, it’s up to you to remember the rules. Some are obvious, such as no parking on the sidewalk or in front of a driveway, but some of them can be easy to forget. These include:

  • No parking in alleys unless you are unloading
  • Within 15 feet of a fire station/hydrant
  • On a bridge
  • In one spot for more than 72 hours

For Which Holidays Do Cities Offer Exemptions?

These rules are enforced for most of the year, but on holidays, some cities may waive certain parking regulations. You’ll want to double-check with your city, but the most common holidays when the city overlooks certain rules are New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday (observed), President’s Day (observed), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Indigenous People’s Day (formerly Columbus Day), Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Holidays that fall on Saturdays are observed on Friday and holidays that are observed on Sunday are observed on Monday, but the exemptions occur on both days.

What Rules Are Overlooked on These Holidays?

The city can overlook any city laws it wishes, but it does not have the authority to waive state parking laws. Again, the exact rule changes vary from city to city, but the city usually overlooks:

  • Time limits and parking meters
  • Areas with no parking except on certain days/times
  • Preferential parking
  • Street sweeping

If the city does decide to enforce one of these rules on a holiday, there will typically be a sign to warn you.

Your HOA must follow the state and city rules, which means you may have to prohibit homeowners from parking in certain areas. However, during holidays, you must know the exceptions to the rules to prevent upsetting homeowners without valid reason.

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