❄JOHNSON CITY WINTER PARKING RULES BEGIN DEC 1ST❄
Alternate Side Street Parking rules are in effect 24hrs a day from December 1st through April 1st.
Courtesy WARNING TICKETS will be issued for at least the first full week of December unless a snow emergency develops. After the warning period, Alternate Side Street Parking violation fines are $20 if paid within 5 business days, or $40 if paid after 5 business days.
🚫Overnight parking in metered zones is prohibited from December 1st through April 1st, from the hours of 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
❗Snow Emergency Routes:
Snow Emergency Routes prohibit on-street parking after two inch or more snowfall until plowing operations have ceased. If there is 2” or more of snowfall, all vehicles must be moved off the street until the snow event has ended and plowing is complete. Failure to move your vehicle could result in a ticket and/or tow. Snow Emergency Routes are designated by signs posted on those blocks.
Village streets designated as ‘Red-Line Streets’ are also designated and posted as ‘Snow Emergency Routes’. Red-Line streets are exempt from Alternate Side rules. Red-Line streets are typically those streets that only have designated parking on one side of the street, with the other side being posted No Parking, No Standing, or No Stopping. On these streets, motorists can park on the side of the street with permitted parking, every day, unless the Snow Emergency Route rule applies.
A complete list of said streets are listed in the Village Code; § 264-100. http://www.ecode360.com/12626700?highlight=red-line#12626700
😕FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
❓Why is there Alternate Side Parking?
➡Alternate Side Parking rules allow one side of the street to remain clear of parked vehicles to allow for DPW to clear the street of snow. Then on the next day, the opposite side can be cleared.
❓Why are these rules in effect 24/7?
➡The rules are in place to enhance DPW’s ability to clear streets of snow during all hours of the day, especially so that they can work to clear streets during normal hours in the days following a snow event.
❓How do I know what side to park on and when do I change sides?
➡Parking is permitted on the even side of the street on even calendar days until 4:59 p.m. The even side of the street shall be that side of the street having even residence house numbers. Parking is permitted on the odd side of the street on odd calendar days. The odd side of the street shall be that side of the street having odd residence house numbers. Parking shall be permitted from 5:00 p.m. daily and shall be in effect until 4:59 p.m. the following day. After 5:00 p.m., on even days, drivers should park on the odd side of the street. After 5:00 p.m. on odd days, drivers should park on the even side of the street.
❓What if I can’t move my vehicle at 5PM… Am I going to get a ticket?
➡The JCPD understands that not everyone can reasonably move their vehicles at preciously 5PM therefore Officers will exercise discretion and enforcement will be based within reason and necessity. Please know that it is not our intention to be standing guard to issue parking tickets at 5:00 PM. We ask that everyone be familiar with the regulations and to comply with them within a reasonable amount of time.
❓Why is Alternate Side Parking enforced even when it isn’t snowing or supposed to snow?
➡Alternate Rules are in place 24/7 for a few reasons. We have learned from experience that consistency prevents complacency. If we only enforced the rules when it snows, we would be faced with a larger burden of parking violations leading to ineffective plowing and traffic problems. This has been proven by our Snow Emergency Routes which only prohibit on-street parking after 2” of snowfall. When it snows, we encounter multiple non-compliant vehicles parked on those streets resulting in more resources being spent trying to get vehicles moved so the street can be cleared. 24/7 enforcement also prevents traffic problems that were experienced after having multiple consecutive snow events with no snow melt in-between. During those times, snow banks grew substantially wide preventing vehicles from parking close to the curb, thus causing narrow streets for vehicles to travel. If vehicles were parked on both sides of the street, there would be insufficient room for traffic flow, especially for larger vehicles such as Fire Apparatus and Ambulances. It may be sunny out, but we would still need all vehicles parked on only one side. For these reasons, the rules of alternate street parking need to be continuously followed regardless of the current weather conditions.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Examples of parking situations:
Example #1: A resident parks their vehicle for the night at 5:00 PM on November 1st and does not plan on moving the vehicle until the next day. The vehicle should be parked on the Even side of the street, because the following day the date will be November 2nd.
Example #2: A resident parks their vehicle on December 31st at 5:00 PM and will not move the vehicle until the following day. The vehicle should be parked on the odd side of the street, because January 1st will also be an odd numbered day. Many residents forget this detail, and park their vehicles on the wrong side of the street by mistake.