Town of New Canaan, CT
Fairfield County
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[HISTORY: Adopted New Canaan Board of Selectmen in its role as Parking Commission 6-17-64; effective 7-17-64.]
For the purposes of these regulations the following definitions shall apply:
VEHICLE
Means any device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported upon a highway.
PERSON
Means and includes any individual, firm, partnership, association or corporation.
OPERATOR
Means and includes every individual who shall operate a vehicle as the owner thereof, or as the agent, employee or permittee of the owner, or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
PARK or PARKING
Means the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, upon an off-street parking lot, other than temporarily for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in, receiving or discharging passengers or loading or unloading merchandise or in obedience to traffic regulations, signs or signals or an involuntary stopping of the vehicle by reason of causes beyond the control of the operator.
PARKING METER
Means and includes any mechanical device or meter not inconsistent with these regulations placed or erected for the regulation of parking by authority of these regulations.
PARKING METER ZONE
Means and includes any area in which parking meters are installed and in operation.
PARKING SPACE
Means any space within an off-street parking lot which is duly designated for the parking of a single vehicle by lines painted or durably marked or by signs.
It is the purpose of these regulations to give effect to the provisions of the New Canaan Town Charter which provided that the Parking Commission shall maintain and operate all existing off-street parking facilities owned or controlled in the Town of New Canaan and shall establish reasonable fees for the parking of vehicles on the streets, highways, off-street parking facilities and other public places owned or controlled by the town.
The following regulations shall pertain to all off-street parking lots:
A. 
No vehicle shall be parked in any lot for a period of time longer than 30 minutes between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day.
B. 
No vehicle shall be parked except within the lined spaces or according to signs. It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle in such a way that said vehicle shall not be entirely within the limits of the space so designated.
A. 
Use of the parking lots shall be limited to the following specified time periods:
(1) 
Upper Park Street: 12 hours.
(2) 
Town Hall, except spaces noted below: 12 hours.
(3) 
Railroad Station: 12 hours.
[Amended 5-16-78, effective 7-1-78]
(4) 
Talmadge Hill: 12 hours.
(5) 
Telephone Company: 12 hours.
(6) 
Morse Court Lot (metered): two hours.
[Amended 8-8-67, effective 8-14-67; 5-16-78, effective 7-1-78]
(7) 
Morse Court, along north line: 12 minutes.
[Amended 5-16-78, effective 7-1-78]
(8) 
Playhouse: three hours.
(9) 
Town Hall, visitor parking spaces adjacent to building and marked for visitor parking: one hour.
[Amended 9-1-81, effective 9-1-81]
(10) 
Pine Street - Park Street, except spaces noted below: 12 hours.
[Amended 6-20-66, effective 6-20-66]
(11) 
Pine Street - Park Street, nine spaces adjacent to Park Street: two hours.
[Amended 6-20-66, effective 6-20-66]
(12) 
Richmond Hill, Locust Avenue and Center School: 12 hours.
[Added 7-1-84, effective 7-1-84[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This regulation also repealed former Subsection A(12), which restricted parking in the Union Trust Parking Lot, as added 9-8-66, effective 9-8-66, and amended 8-30-67, effective 8-30-67, and 5-16-78, effective 7-1-78.
B. 
No vehicle which shall have been parked in any portion of any off-street parking lot for the time permitted shall be reparked in the same lot within four hours thereafter.
[Amended 5-16-78, effective 7-1-78; 8-8-84, effective 8-21-84]
No vehicle shall be driven into or out of a parking lot contrary to the posted directions.
A. 
No vehicles except those designated by the Playhouse shall be parked in the spaces reserved in the Playhouse lot.
B. 
No vehicles except those of town officials or employees for whom they are reserved shall be parked in the reserved spaces in the Town Hall lot weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
[Amended 8-8-84, effective 8-21-84]
C. 
No vehicles except those of paid members of the Police and Fire Departments shall at any time be parked in the spaces reserved for the Police Department.
[Amended 6-20-1966, effective 6-20-1966; 6-6-1967, effective 6-6-1967; 8-30-1967, effective 8-30-1967; 2-20-1968, effective 7-1-1968; 5-19-1970, effective 7-1-1970; 5-4-1971, effective 7-1-1971; 5-10-1977, effective 7-1-1977; 5-16-1978, effective 7-1-1978]
A. 
No vehicle shall be parked from Monday through Friday in an unmarked all-day parking space in any town-owned lot unless a permit has been issued therefor by the Parking Commission.
B. 
Fees for the permit and refunds on that portion of the permit not used shall be in accordance with the following schedule:
[Amended 4-28-1981, effective 7-1-1981; 4-17-1984, effective 7-1-1984; 4-4-1987, effective 7-1-1987; 4-23-1991, effective 7-1-1991]
Beginning Date*
Fee***
Rebate**
July
1
31
$240.00
$220.00
August
1
31
$220.00
$200.00
September
1
30
$200.00
$180.00
October
1
31
$180.00
$160.00
November
1
30
$160.00
$140.00
December
1
31
$140.00
$120.00
January
1
31
$120.00
$100.00
May
1
31
$40.00
$20.00
June
1
30
$20.00
-0-
NOTES:
*
Expiration date for all permits shall be June 30.
**
Rebate is computed from day permit is actually returned.
***
Annual renewal fee for nonresident permits at Talmadge Hill shall be $360.
C. 
Application for permits shall be made to the Parking Commission and will be issued in the order received, provided that spaces are available.
D. 
Each permittee shall be issued one parking sticker, which shall be valid only in the lot for which it is issued and for the vehicle(s) identified on the permit application form.
[Amended 7-1-1980, effective 7-1-1980]
E. 
All stickers shall be displayed on the right side windshield of the vehicle(s) for which they have been issued.
[Amended 7-1-1980, effective 7-1-1980]
F. 
It shall be the responsibility of the permittee to have a sticker affixed to his vehicle at all times. If it should become lost or destroyed or if another vehicle is substituted, the permittee shall immediately notify the Parking Commission. Failure to display a sticker shall be cause for issuance of a parking violation ticket. A charge of $20 shall be levied for the issuance of a replacement sticker.
[Amended 7-1-1981, effective 7-1-1981[1]; 4-23-1991, effective 7-1-1991]
[1]
Editor's Note: This regulation also repealed former Subsection F, which pertained to the issuance of two stickers, and provided for the relettering of former Subsection G as Subsection F.
A. 
Designation of zone. The following named lots or parking spaces shall constitute a parking meter zone:
[Amended 8-8-1967, effective 8-14-1967]
(1) 
New Canaan Railroad State Lot.
[Amended 5-16-1978, effective 7-1-1978]
(2) 
Morse Court, except the twelve-minute spaces along the north line.
[Amended 5-16-1978, effective 7-1-1978]
(3) 
Pine Street: only those spaces within the two-hour zone.
(4) 
Talmadge Hill, except those spaces within the permit system zone.
[Amended 1-15-1979, effective 1-15-1979]
(5) 
Playhouse lot.
[Added 12-3-1968]
(6) 
Locust Avenue, except those spaces within the permit system zone.
[Added 1-15-1979, effective 1-15-1979]
B. 
Operation of parking meters. When any vehicle shall be parked in any parking space alongside of or next to which a parking meter is located, the operator of such vehicle shall, upon entering the said parking meter space, immediately deposit or cause to be deposited in such meter such proper coin of the United States as is required for said parking meter as is designated by directions on the meter, and, when required by the directions on the meter, the operator of such vehicle, after the deposit of the proper coin or coins, shall also set in operation the timing, and failure to deposit such proper coin and operate any necessary timing mechanism shall constitute a violation of these regulations. Upon the deposit of such coin or coins, the parking space may be lawfully occupied by such vehicle during the period of time which has been prescribed for the area in which said parking space is located, provided that any person placing a vehicle in a parking meter space adjacent to a meter which indicates that unused time has been left by the previous occupant shall not be required to deposit a coin so long as his occupancy does not exceed the indicated unused parking time. If any vehicle shall remain parked in any such parking space beyond the parking time limit and if the meter shall indicate such illegal parking, then such vehicle shall be considered as parking overtime and such parking shall be deemed a violation of these regulations.
[Amended 5-23-1978, effective 7-1-1978]
C. 
Parking time limits.
[Amended 8-8-1967, effective 8-14-1967; 12-3-1968, effective 12-13-1968; 5-19-1970, effective 7-1-1970; 5-23-1978, effective 7-1-1978]
(1) 
Parking or standing a vehicle in a designated space in a twelve-hour parking meter zone shall be lawful for 12 hours upon deposit of six quarters; in a two-hour parking meter zone, it shall be lawful for two hours upon deposit of $0.50; or in a three-hour parking meter zone it shall be lawful for three hours upon deposit of $0.75. Parking for shorter periods will be valid upon deposit of proportionate amounts (quarters only).
[Amended 4-17-1984, effective 7-1-1984; 4-23-1991, effective 7-1-1991]
(2) 
Parking meter shall be operated in twelve-hour parking meter zones daily between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, and in two-hour and three-hour parking meter zones daily between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., except Sundays and legal holidays.
[Added 3-6-1967, effective 3-6-1967]
No motor vehicle dealer, repairer of motor vehicles, retail dealer of gasoline or motor oil or renter or lessor of motor vehicle shall park any vehicle in any off-street parking facility of the Town of New Canaan when such vehicle is for sale, is to be serviced or repaired or is for rent, lease or hire.
It shall be the duty of the employees of the Parking Commission and the Police Department to enforce the provisions of these regulations.
[Amended and effective 12-14-1965]
A. 
The responsibility for the placing or leaving of a vehicle in violation of these rules and regulations shall rest with the operator. Whenever there occurs a violation of these regulations, proof of the registration number of the vehicle therein concerned shall be prima facie evidence in any criminal action that the owner was the operator thereof.
B. 
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of these regulations or any regulation made in accordance herewith shall be served either in person or by attaching to such vehicle a notice directing the owner of such vehicle to surrender said notice at police headquarters and to pay the sum stated thereon. In the event that the owner shall fail to comply with such notice within 30 days from the date of issuance thereof, such penalty shall be increased by the sum of $10. If the total sum is not paid, the owner shall be subject to arrest and prosecution in accordance with Chapter 249 of the General Statutes of Connecticut.
[Amended 1-7-1969, effective 1-11-1969; 10-13-1976; 9-1-1981, effective 9-1-1981]
C. 
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate these regulations or any regulations made in accordance herewith shall be further subject to the provisions of § 33-3 of the Town Code relative to the impounding of illegally parked vehicles.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 33, Impounding Motor Vehicles.
All regulations heretofore in effect regulating parking in off-street parking lots are hereby repealed.