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City of Easton, PA
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[Adopted 10-23-1985 by Ord. No. 2814 (Art. 537 of the 1965 Codified Ordinances)]
A. 
The Mayor and Council, in conjunction with the Two Rivers Area Commerce Council, considers it to be in the interest of the citizens of the City to provide for the establishment of a downtown residential permit parking (DRPP) program in order to alleviate the hardship experienced by residents (not merchants or workers) who must park their cars on metered streets during the hours when the meters are in force. Only relief from parking meter requirements is provided; all other parking regulations remain in effect. The DRPP program is directed toward encouraging the continued growth of occupied residential units in and adjacent to the Center City Residential/Commercial District.
B. 
This plan does not guarantee anyone a parking space or a parking space near his/her home.
The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to designate, subject to approval by Council, as herein provided, certain streets and other public areas within the City as parking permit areas in which resident vehicles displaying valid parking permits may stand or be parked without limitation by parking time restrictions established by City ordinance. Vehicles not displaying valid parking permits may stand or be parked for a limited time not to exceed the time specified upon adequately posted signs or parking meters.
A. 
Following Council's approval of the designation of a residential parking permit area, the Chief of Police shall issue appropriate permits and shall cause parking signs to be erected in the area indicating the times and conditions under which parking shall be allowed. A permit shall be issued upon application and payment of the applicable fee only to the owner or operator of a motor vehicle who resides at a property within the residential parking permit area. Commercial vehicles exceeding a gross weight of 10,000 pounds are not eligible for permits.
B. 
Eligibility for a permit shall be as follows: The person shall prove residency and vehicle ownership or evidence of having a leased or company-owned vehicle. The Chief of Police shall establish criteria for proof of residence, which shall include, but not be limited to, proof of payment of the per capita tax, if applicable.
Permits shall be displayed on the driver's side of the rear bumper so as to be readily visible to enforcement personnel.
A. 
A resident vehicle on which is displayed a valid parking permit as provided for herein shall be permitted to stand or be parked in the residential parking permit area for which the permit has been issued without being limited by time restrictions established by existing parking meter regulations. However, such resident's vehicle shall not be exempt from parking restrictions or prohibitions established pursuant to authority other than this article, including Chapter 560, Vehicles and Traffic, Article X, and other ordinances of the Code of the City of Easton, as well as loading, twelve-minute parking meter zones, and other special parking restrictions.
[Amended 5-8-2013 by Ord. No. 5405]
B. 
A residential parking permit shall not guarantee or reserve to the holder thereof an on-street parking space within the designated residential parking permit area.
[Amended 4-12-2005 by Ord. No. 4661]
A. 
Each parking permit issued shall be valid for one year from the date of issuance. Permits may be renewed annually upon reapplication in the manner required by the Chief of Police. Each application or reapplication for a parking permit shall contain information sufficient to identify the applicant, his residence address of real property owned or leased within a residential parking area, and the license number of the motor vehicle for which application is made, and such other information that may be deemed relevant by the Chief of Police. If a resident sells or otherwise transfers a vehicle bearing a parking permit sticker, he shall remove the sticker before the transfer. If a resident transfers a vehicle bearing a valid permit parking sticker and acquires another vehicle, he shall provide the Chief of Police with proof of the transfer and an affidavit attesting to the removal of the sticker. The Chief of Police shall then provide, at no cost, a new sticker which will expire at the same time as the original sticker.
B. 
A resident may request a weekend-only permit. The cost for this permit will be 1/2 of the yearly fee specified in Chapter 285, Fees. A weekend-only permit will entitle the holder to the relief specified in § 399-5 on Saturdays only. A weekend-only permit shall be hung from the inside rearview mirror of the permitted vehicle.
The initial cost for a residential parking permit shall be as specified in Chapter 285, Fees, of the Code of the City of Easton.
The Chief of Police is authorized to revoke the residential parking permit of any person found to be in violation of this article, and upon written notification thereof, the person shall surrender such permit to the Chief of Police. Failure, when so requested, to surrender a residential parking permit so revoked shall constitute a violation of law and of this article.
[Amended 9-13-2000 by Ord. No. 3845; 3-26-2003 by Ord. No. 4298; 8-27-2014 by Ord. No. 5474]
The following areas are hereby designated as the downtown residential permit parking areas. The downtown metered areas will be divided into two color-coded districts:
A. 
Blue District (only includes these areas listed):
Bushkill Street: 100 and 200 blocks
North 2nd Street
North 3rd Street Parking Lot
North 4th Street
North 4th Street Lot
North 5th Street
Spring Garden Street: 100 to 400 block
B. 
Red District (only includes these areas listed):
[Amended 4-25-2018 by Ord. No. 5633]
Ferry Street: 200 to 400 block
South 2nd Street
South 5th Street
South Sitgreaves Street
South 4th Street
Michael J. Koury Place
Northampton Street Parking Lot: 200 block
Pine Street: 300 block
C. 
Gold permit (includes all areas in Red and Blue Districts).
A. 
Meters not included in this plan are 3rd Street, Northampton Street, Center Square, South Bank Street, 300 block of Church Street, Larry Holmes Drive, South 3rd Street Lot.
[Amended 8-27-2014 by Ord. No. 5474]
B. 
A resident who lives in the Red District will be able to purchase a parking permit and park free at any parking meter listed in the Red District. A resident who lives in the Blue District will be able to purchase a parking permit and park free at any parking meter listed in the Blue District. A resident may purchase a Gold District permit which will allow free parking at any meter listed in both the Red District and the Blue District.
[Amended 8-27-2014 by Ord. No. 5474]
C. 
Every resident with a valid Pennsylvania driver's license from each dwelling unit in the downtown area is eligible to purchase permits. Each permit, good for one car only, shall be issued. The address on the motor vehicle registration and driver's license shall match that of the residence.
[Amended 10-14-1987 by Ord. No. 2912]
D. 
Limitations.
(1) 
The permit allows the resident to park his or her car at a metered space in his or her color-coded section without using money in the meter. This plan does not include any of the red fifteen-minute meters.
[Amended 8-27-2014 by Ord. No. 5474]
(2) 
All other parking requirements remain in effect, e.g., seventy-two-hour limit in any one space (then vehicle must be moved); special event NO PARKING signs shall be obeyed.
(3) 
Blue meters can only be used with a handicap parking placard and a parking permit.
[Added 8-27-2014 by Ord. No. 5474]
E. 
Obtaining a permit.
(1) 
Permits can be obtained between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays, from the Traffic Division of the Easton Police Facility. The fee that is set forth in Chapter 285, Fees, will be collected and the permit issued after the four following documents have been presented to the Clerk:
[Amended 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5174]
(a) 
Driver's registration card;
(b) 
Vehicle registration card;
(c) 
Proof of payment of per capita tax, verification that all outstanding parking fines/fees have been satisfied for any and all vehicles of the owner; and
[Amended 11-22-2016 by Ord. No. 5574]
(d) 
Completed application.
(2) 
If applying by mail, include a check payable to the City of Easton and photocopies of the four above-cited documents. Mail to:
[Amended 5-23-2001 by Ord. No. 3971; 4-25-2018 by Ord. No. 5633]
Traffic Division/EPD
48 North Fourth Street
Easton, PA 18042
F. 
The program coincides with the meter hours. Whenever the meters are in effect, the program is in effect.
G. 
The permit removes only the inconvenience of having to put money in the meter or of having to move the car every two or three hours (depending on the meter) at a parking space within the resident's color-coded area.
H. 
All meters are available for commuter parking, provided that parkers abide by parking meter limits and deposit the proper amount of money.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection I, regarding identification methods for parking meters, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 4-25-2018 by Ord. No. 5633.
A. 
No person shall stand or park a motor vehicle at any parking meter without depositing the proper amount of money unless such vehicle is displaying a valid parking permit issued for that particular parking district. For a violation of any provisions of this article, the owner or operator may pay a penalty as specified in Chapter 285, Fees.
[Amended 10-27-2004 by Ord. No. 4581; 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5174; 11-13-2013 by Ord. No. 5439]
B. 
No person shall falsely represent himself as eligible for a parking permit or to furnish information in an application therefor.
C. 
No person holding a valid parking permit issued pursuant hereto shall permit the use or display of such permit on a motor vehicle other than that for which the permit is issued. Such conduct shall constitute an unlawful act and violation of this article both by the person holding the valid parking permit and the person who so uses or displays the permit on a motor vehicle other than that for which it is issued.
D. 
No person shall copy, produce or otherwise bring into existence a facsimile or counterfeit parking permit or permits. No person shall knowingly use or display a facsimile or counterfeit parking permit in order to evade time limitations on parking applicable in a residential parking permit area.
E. 
For violation of any provision contained in Subsections B, C and D, the person committing the unlawful act shall be subject to a penalty not to exceed $300 and/or imprisonment for not more than 90 days for each such violation.