Village of Lawrence, NY
Nassau County
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Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 135, Off-Street Parking Fields, Municipal.

§ 212-26 Commercial vehicles in residential districts. [1]

A. 
No commercial vehicles exceeding one ton's capacity shall be parked or stored overnight in any residence district.
B. 
No vehicle bearing transporter or commercial plates or bearing plates of any similar nature of any jurisdiction shall be parked or stored overnight in any residence district.
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Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 200, Vehicles and Traffic.

§ 212-27 Required off-street spaces.

The following parking spaces shall be provided and maintained on private premises for each building or lot which, after the date when this chapter becomes effective, is erected or altered for use for any of the purposes mentioned below, or the use of which is changed after that date so that such building or premises is thereafter used for any such purpose:
A. 
In the case of a multiple dwelling, at least 1 1/4 parking spaces must be provided on site for each dwelling unit.
B. 
In the case of an auditorium or place of assembly and in the case of a church or other place of worship, club, community center or school, other than a public school, there shall be at least one parking space for each five persons for which the building has occupancy or capacity. Such occupancy or capacity shall be determined in the same manner as is provided in the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code for determining the number of persons for which exits are to be provided; that is, using the following table, divide the gross floor area within the inside perimeter of the space by the applicable floor space.
Floor Area per Person
Occupancy
First or Grade Story
(square feet)
Above- or Below- Grade Stories
(square feet)
Space containing seats
6*
6*
Designated waiting and standee space
3
3
Dance halls, restaurants, lodge rooms
15
15
Coatrooms, classrooms, locker rooms, waiting rooms, reading rooms, laboratories
40
40
Billiard rooms, bowling  alleys, golf schools, archery ranges
50
50
Other space
40
40
* NOTE: For floor area actually occupied by seats. If the entire floor is considered, or if the seats exceed 21 inches in width, and the distance back-to-back of the seats is 36 inches or more, use 10 square feet.
C. 
In the case of a one-family or two-family dwelling on a lot of 20,000 square feet or less, an enclosed garage (attached, semi-attached or detached) shall be provided containing at least one parking space for each family housed or intended to be housed in said dwelling. In the case of a one-family or two-family dwelling on a lot larger than 20,000 square feet, an enclosed garage (attached, semi-attached or detached) shall be provided containing at least two parking spaces.
[Amended 2-8-1995 by L.L. No. 3-1995; 1-8-1997 by L.L. No. 1-1997; 5-14-1997 by L.L. No. 3-1997; 3-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999; 4-9-2003 by L.L. No. 4-2003; 11-10-2016 by L.L. No. 2-2016]
(1) 
For the purposes of this subsection, an attached garage must share a common wall with the dwelling, and a semi-attached garage is any garage connected to the dwelling via a breezeway or any other similar structure.
(2) 
In the case of a semiattached or detached garage, said building cannot exceed one story nor a vertical distance of 12 feet measured from the grade plane to the average height of the roof surface.
(3) 
Each one-car garage shall have a clear inside dimension of not less than 10 feet in width and 20 feet in depth, and each two-car garage shall have clear inside dimensions of not less than 20 feet in width and 20 feet in depth.
(4) 
Each front-facing garage located within 35 feet of the street line shall be served by a driveway of not less than 10 feet in width for a one-car garage and 20 feet in width for a two-car garage. For all other garages, a driveway area shall be provided of sufficient dimension to allow a vehicle to enter each garage space in a single driving maneuver and to exit each garage space with a single backing maneuver that will then allow the vehicle to enter upon the street in a forward direction. The driveway dimension normally required for such a maneuver shall be 30 feet perpendicular to the garage door, unless site-specific conditions require a different distance, as determined by the Village Building Department.
(5) 
Residential garages may be reduced in size or relocated in compliance with § 212-27C. Notwithstanding the foregoing, all existing nonconforming residential garages in the Village must be maintained at not less than their current size as legally existing.
D. 
If a building is increased in the number of dwelling units or in its occupancy or capacity, as defined in subsection B of this section, there shall be additional parking spaces to the same extent as if such building were then first erected or first used for the purposes mentioned.
E. 
In the case of a multiple dwelling situated in a residence district or adjoining a residence district, such parking space must be provided underneath the building or in one or more private garages located and constructed in accordance with this chapter and in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 70, Building Construction and Fire Prevention.

§ 212-28 Parking spaces in front yards.

[Amended 11-10-2016 by L.L. No. 2-2016]
A. 
Parking courts in front yards shall be permitted with adequate vegetative screening, approved by the Building Department Superintendent, and in accordance with the following chart:
Lot Size
(square feet)
Parking Allowance
6,000
2 parking spaces
6,000 to 12,000
3 parking spaces
12,000 to 20,000
4 parking spaces
20,000 to 40,000
5 parking spaces
40,000 or more
6 parking spaces
B. 
Except as provided in § 212-27E, of this section, the parking spaces may be either in the open or underneath the building or in one or more private garages provided for that purpose. If provided underneath the building or underneath the ground, the following general requirements for garages provided in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code shall apply, that is:
(1) 
Motor vehicles may be parked or stored in the open upon the premises, but no vehicle may be parked or stored nearer than 10 feet to any combustible wall of a building or any unprotected opening in a noncombustible wall.
(2) 
Garages shall be arranged and constructed so that flammable or toxic gases or vapors cannot spread to fixed sources of ignition. Floors or decks shall be constructed of noncombustible materials that will not absorb flammable liquids. Each floor or roof deck upon which vehicles are stored shall be pitched for drainage.
(3) 
If ramps are used for vehicle travel from street to garage floor or from floor to floor, the slope shall not exceed 15%. Ramps leading to a street shall terminate not less than 20 feet from such street.

§ 212-29 Size of spaces.

Each parking space must be at least nine feet in width and 20 feet in depth and must be readily accessible without interfering with the use of other parking spaces. Accordingly, at least 300 square feet of parking area shall be provided for each required parking space. Parking spaces provided in access lanes shall not be counted.

§ 212-30 Surfacing of spaces; adequate access to spaces.

All parking spaces shall be paved, oiled or covered with gravel, shall be suitably drained, shall be maintained in good condition and shall have adequate means of ingress and egress.

§ 212-31 Spaces to be on same lot in zone.

All parking spaces shall be situated on the same lot and in the same building zone in which the building or premises requiring such parking spaces is located.

§ 212-32 Maintenance of spaces.

Parking spaces required by §§ 212-27 through 212-34 shall be maintained in accordance with the provisions of §§ 212-27 through 212-34, as long as such buildings or premises are used for the purposes requiring such parking spaces to be furnished.

§ 212-33 Dedication of lots to Village.

A. 
In case the owner of any lot should dedicate part of such lot to the Village of Lawrence for the purpose of a parking area and the Village of Lawrence should accept such dedication, the number of parking spaces upon the land so dedicated shall be credited against the number of parking spaces which the owner would be required to provide under §§ 212-27 through 212-34, in respect to any building or structure erected on the remaining part of the lot within five years after the date of such dedication.
B. 
Particulars of such parking spaces shall be shown in the application for a building permit, and proof shall be submitted that the owner or occupant of the building owns or controls the land on which such parking spaces are provided.

§ 212-34 Certificate of occupancy contingent upon spaces.

The certificate of occupancy shall be contingent upon the continuance of such parking spaces, and, if they should, for any reason, cease to be used and maintained for such purposes, or if the owner for the time being of the building for which such certificate of occupancy was issued should cease to own or control such parking area, the Board of Trustees may, upon notice to the applicant or the owner or occupant for the time being of such building, and after giving him an opportunity to be heard, cancel and revoke such certificate of occupancy.