[Adopted 4-8-1987 by Ord. No. 2886 (Art. 538 of the 1965 Codified Ordinances)]
The purpose for establishing Courthouse area parking permits is to help alleviate parking congestion in the area of the Northampton County Government Complex. Such congestion results in unnecessary hardship to area residences and businesses.
[Amended 4-14-1999 by Ord. No. 3678; 10-22-2008 by Ord. No. 5122; 8-22-2012 by Ord. No. 5367; 9-9-2015 by Ord. No. 5518]
The area affected by the Courthouse Area Parking Program includes portions of Ferry Street, Fifth Street, Lehigh Street, Union Street, Washington Street and Wolf Avenue. Where so designated in the City's Traffic Code, no vehicle shall remain parked between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for a period of more than two consecutive hours without displaying a valid Courthouse area parking permit. Exception: The north side of the 600 block of Ferry Street, from South Sixth Street to Walnut Avenue where the hours are between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Eligibility. Parking stickers may be issued to each residential dwelling unit and to each place of business in the following areas:
[Amended 4-14-1999 by Ord. No. 3678]
Lehigh Street: 500, 600 and 700 blocks, even and odd addresses;
Seventh Street: 100 and 200 blocks, odd addresses only;
Union Street: 100 block south of Spruce Street, even addresses only;
Washington Street: 700 block, even and odd addresses; 600 block west of Wolf Avenue, even addresses;
Wolf Avenue: 700 block, even addresses; 600 block west of Washington Street, even and odd addresses; and
Fifth Street: 200 block, even and odd addresses.
Ferry Street: Between Union Street and Walnut Street, odd addresses only.
[Added 8-22-2012 by Ord. No. 5367]
Permit application issuance and duration. Each parking permit issued shall be valid for one year, beginning January 1 and ending December 31. 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 the eligible 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. 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 with proof of the transfer and an affidavit attesting to the removal of the sticker. The Chief shall then provide, at no cost, a new sticker which shall expire at the same time as the original sticker.
Permit display. Permits shall be displayed on the driver's side of the rear bumper so as to be readily visible to enforcement personnel.
Permit revocation. The Chief is authorized to revoke the 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. Failure, when so requested to surrender the parking permit so revoked, shall constitute a violation of law and of this article. When permit holders change employment or relocate, the issued permit shall become invalid, and such permit shall be immediately surrendered to the Chief.
[Amended 4-14-1999 by Ord. No. 3678]
This program does not guarantee the availability of on-street parking spaces.
All other parking requirements shall remain in full effect.
This program does not apply to metered spaces for nonresidents. Residents of the courthouse permit parking area shall be allowed to park in metered spaces within their permit zone.
[Amended 8-22-2012 by Ord. No. 5367]
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 permit shall be issued after the following documents have been presented to the Clerk:
Driver's registration card;
Vehicle registration card;
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;
[Amended 11-22-2016 by Ord. No. 5574]
Completed application; and
Valid use and occupancy permit for business application.
If applying by mail, include check payable to the City of Easton and photocopies of the above-cited documents. Mail to:
[Amended 4-25-2018 by Ord. No. 5633]
For a violation of any provision of this article, the owner or operator shall 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]
No person shall falsely represent himself as eligible for a parking permit or to furnish information in an application therefor.
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.
No persons 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 in the permit area.