Parking Ordinance:

Because it is somewhat difficult to find this ordinance on the Belmont website, I am displaying it below in its entirety.

 

ARTICLE I.  IN GENERAL


Sec. 14-1.  Regulations saved from repeal.

Nothing contained in this Code or in the ordinance adopting this Code shall be construed to repeal or otherwise affect the traffic regulations of the city, and said regulations, as amended from time to time, are hereby continued in full force and effect except to the extent that they may be in conflict with the provisions of this Code.

The traffic regulations saved from repeal by the above section are on file in the office of the city clerk.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-2.  Race tracks or racing prohibited.

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or to sponsor a race track for vehicles propelled by internal combustion engines or to participate in or take any part in the operation of such a race track or in any race involving any such vehicles, within the city.

(b)   Any violation of this section is hereby declared to be a public nuisance, and upon order of the city council, the city attorney shall immediately initiate proceedings necessary for the abatement or enjoyment of such violation in the matter provided by law.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-3.  Operation on hillsides.

It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate any vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine up or down a hillside with a grade of twenty-five (25) percent or more at the place where such person drives or operates such vehicle except upon an established road, street or highway sufficient in width and design to accommodate a four (4) wheeled vehicle. It shall further be unlawful to operate a vehicle as defined on public or private undeveloped property unless said operation is in conjunction with the construction of improvements pursuant to the validly issued excavation or building permit. The intent of this section is to protect the natural vegetation, prevent soil erosion and preserve the landscape qualities of the community. This section shall not apply to emergency police or fire equipment, other city equipment or the equipment of utility companies.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 13-3.1.  Parking on hills.

No person driving, or in control of, or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand on any highway, road, public right-of-way or street unattended when upon any grade exceeding three (3) percent within any business or residence district without blocking the wheels of the vehicle by turning them against the curb or by turning the front wheels to the fullest away from the road or by other means.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-4.  Soliciting tow or other service, parking tow truck at accident scene.

(a)   No person shall, at the location of any vehicular accident, collision or other catastrophe or calamity, solicit or offer the sale of any tow service, or the sale of any other services.

(b)   No vehicles equipped for use as tow trucks shall be parked within five hundred (500) feet from the location of any vehicular accident, collision or other catastrophe.

(c)   The prohibitions contained in this section shall apply from the time of the happening of any of the aforesaid occurrences until a reasonable time thereafter, and at all times while law enforcement officers, public health personnel, emergency personnel, and other persons discharging duties imposed by law, are actively engaged in the performance of duty at the location of any such occurrence.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-5.  Operation of vehicular tow.

(a)   No more than one (1) vehicular tow truck shall be parked on the public right-of-way in front of any dwelling unit in a single-family residential district or each building in a multiple-family residential district.

(b)   No maintenance of any vehicles shall be permitted on streets or public rights-of-way in residentially zoned districts.

(c)   Tow trucks shall not tow wrecked or disabled vehicles to any streets within a residentially zoned district unless said vehicle is being towed to the registered owner's residence.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-6.  Performing work on vehicles or equipment.

(a)   No person or business shall perform or permit the performance of work on vehicles or equipment on the city right-of-way or street on Old County Road in the City of Belmont.

(b)   The performance of work on vehicles or equipment shall be defined as washing, polishing, sanding, cleaning, repairing or any maintenance of parts or equipment.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-7.  Off-street parking on the city right-of-way on old county road.

(a)   No vehicles may be parked on the city right-of-way on Old County Road between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

(b)   Limited parking is permitted on the right-of-way between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. providing such vehicles must be parked in such a manner to provide a minimum of a three (3) foot clearance between the curb and the parked vehicle.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-8.  Penalty for violation of sections 14-6, 14-7.

Violation of sections 14-6 and 14-7 shall be an infraction punishable as follows:

(a)   A fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00) for a first violation

(b)   A fine not exceeding two hundred dollars ($200.00) for a second violation of the same ordinance within one (1) year.

(c)   A fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each additional violation of the same ordinance within one (1) year.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-9.  Excessive acceleration of motor vehicles.

It is unlawful for any person operating a motor vehicle within the city to so accelerate the same as to cause audible noise by tire friction on pavement or to cause the tires of said vehicle to leave skid marks upon the pavement, except when such acceleration is reasonably necessary to avoid a collision. Any person violation this section shall be guilty of an infraction which shall be punishable to the extent of the laws of this state for infractions.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-10.  Use of streets for storage of vehicles.

(a)   No vehicle shall be parked or left standing upon any street, alley or public right-of-way for more than seventy-two (72) consecutive hours. For purposes of this section, a vehicle shall be considered to have been parked for seventy-two (72) or more consecutive hours if it has not been moved one-tenth of a mile, by odometer reading, or more during the seventy-two (72) hour period.

(b)   Violation of this section is an infraction.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-11.  Removal of vehicles in violation of this code.

Any vehicle found in violation of this Code or any ordinance regulating parking on city streets, alleys, public rights-of-way or other public property for seventy-two (72) or more consecutive hours in violation of this article may be removed to a storage garage designated by the city pursuant to Vehicle Code Section 22651.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-12.  Stopping, standing, or parking of vehicles on city-owned real property or garages.

(a)   When an authorized sign or signs are erected and in place giving notice that parking as indicated by such a sign is prohibited or restricted, no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle upon any such city-owned real property, right-of-way or parking garage or portion thereof in such city in disregard of such sign or signs.

(b)   The city council may, by resolution from time to time, designate that city-owned real property or garages or portions thereof upon which parking is prohibited or restricted in accordance with this section and in any such resolution shall require the erection and maintenance upon every such city-owned parking lot or garage or portion thereof designated for prohibition or regulation of parking or limitation a sign or signs appropriate to inform the public of the applicability of this section.

(c)   Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or by an imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding sixty (60) days or by both such fine and imprisonment, and each day upon which a violation of this section is continued or maintained shall constitute a separate offense hereunder and be punishable as such. In addition, any vehicle found in violation of this section or any resolution of the city may be removed to a storage garage designated by the city pursuant to California Vehicle Code Section 22651.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-13.  Emergency parking.

(a)   The council finds that during the Belmont and/or Chamber of Commerce Festival and during other public gatherings and celebrations that traffic congestion resulting therefrom can and does impede the flow of traffic and interfere with the delivery of city services including police and fire services. This congestion also creates safety hazards for pedestrians and sight distance impairment for other vehicles. To address these important health and safety concerns the council finds it necessary to allow for the alteration of parking restrictions during these events so as to improve the flow of traffic, reduce congestion and insure the efficient delivery of police and fire protection.

(b)   Whenever the police chief determines that an emergency exists or is imminent due to traffic congestion which is likely to result from public or private assemblages, gatherings or functions, the police chief shall have power and authority to order temporary signs to be erected or posted indicating that the operation, parking or standing of vehicles is time restricted or prohibited on such streets and alleys as he or she shall direct during the time such temporary signs are in place. Such signs shall remain in place only during the existence of such emergency and the police chief shall cause such signs to be removed promptly thereafter.

(c)   When signs authorized by the provisions of this section are in place giving notice thereof, no person shall operate, park or stand any vehicle contrary to the directions and provisions of such signs.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-14.  Restricted on-street parking--general regulations.

(a)   Commercial vehicles of any type with the exception of three-quarter-ton, half-ton or small pickup-type trucks shall not be parked on city streets or public rights-of-way at any time, except as provided under Sections 22507 and 22507.5 of the California Vehicle Code.

(b)   No vehicle, recreational vehicle, commercial vehicle, camper, camper shell, or mobile home of any type shall be used for temporary or permanent human habitation, including sleeping, while parked on any public street or public right-of-way.

(c)   Recreational vehicles, trailers, boats, boat or personal watercraft trailers, or any combination thereof may be parked upon a public street or public right-of-way in accordance with all posted regulations and in a safe manner for a maximum of seventy-two (72) consecutive hours for loading, unloading, cleaning, and routine maintenance and repair purposes. The seventy-two (72) hour loading and unloading periods shall not occur more than two (2) times in any fourteen (14) day period on any public street, portion thereof, or right-of-way shall not be consecutive and shall not be in addition to a ten (10) day visitor parking period.

Trailers of any kind may only be parked upon a public street or right-of-way if attached to a motor vehicle.

(d)   Camper shells or any other related camper equipment shall not be placed or stored upon any public street or public right-of-way.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)


Sec. 14-15.  Restricted on-street parking-visitor parking for size-regulated vehicles--Loading and unloading.

(a)   Vehicles which are over six (6) feet six (6) inches, in height or more than twenty-five (25) feet in length shall not be parked on any public street or-right-of-way except for a maximum of seventy-two (72) consecutive hours for loading, unloading, cleaning, and routine maintenance and repair purposes only or with permission of the police department for the purpose of visitor parking which shall only be allowed for a maximum period of ten (10) days. The seventy-two (72) hour loading and unloading periods shall not occur more than two (2) times in any fourteen (14) day period on any public street, portion thereof or right-of-way, shall not be consecutive and shall not be in addition to a ten (10) day visitor parking period.

(b)   Vehicles which are over six (6) feet six (6) inches in height or more than twenty-five (25) feet in length shall not be parked within ten (10) feet of any driveway curb cut on the side of the driveway of approaching traffic.

(c)   Vehicles which are over six (6) feet six (6) inches in height or more than twenty-five (25) feet in length shall not be parked within fifty (50) feet of any intersection curb return on the side of approaching traffic except on streets with a single outlet or on intersection approaches which are controlled by a stop sign or a "STOP" marking on the pavement.

(d)   Vehicles which are over six (6) feet six (6) inches or more than twenty-five (25) feet in length shall not be parked within seventy-five (75) feet of any intersection curb return on any streets which have a speed limit of thirty-five (35) miles per hour or greater.

(Ord. No. 1010, 1, 10-25-05)