City of Creve Coeur, MO
St. Louis County
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Cross Reference — As to parking of vehicles on unpaved surfaces on residential lots, §405.660.

Section 355.010 Stopping, Standing or Parking Prohibited.

A. 
Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with law or the directions of a Police Officer or official traffic control device, no person shall:
1. 
Stop, stand or park a vehicle:
a. 
On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;
b. 
On a sidewalk;
c. 
Within an intersection;
d. 
On a crosswalk;
e. 
Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty (30) feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the (traffic authority) indicates a different length by signs or markings;
f. 
Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic;
g. 
Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway or within a highway tunnel;
h. 
On any railroad tracks; or
i. 
At any place where official signs prohibit stopping.
2. 
Stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger or passengers:
a. 
In front of a public or private driveway;
b. 
Within thirty (30) feet of an intersection;
c. 
Within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant;
d. 
Within twenty (20) feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;
e. 
Within thirty (30) feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway;
f. 
Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five (75) feet of said entrance (when properly signposted);
g. 
At any place where official signs prohibit standing;
h. 
Within ten (10) feet of a public mailbox; or
i. 
In the event a highway includes two (2) or more separate roadways and traffic is restricted to one (1) direction upon any such roadway, no person shall stand or park a vehicle upon the left-hand side of such one-way roadway unless signs are erected to permit such standing or parking.
3. 
Park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers:
a. 
Within fifty (50) feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing; or
b. 
At any place where official signs prohibit parking.
B. 
No person shall move a vehicle not lawfully under his/her control into any such prohibited area or away from a curb such a distance as is unlawful.

Section 355.020 Parking Not To Obstruct Traffic.

No person shall park any vehicle upon a street in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than ten (10) feet of the width of the roadway for free movement of vehicular traffic.

Section 355.030 Parking For Certain Purposes Prohibited.

A. 
No person shall park a vehicle upon any roadway for the principal purpose of:
1. 
Displaying such vehicle for sale; or
2. 
Repair such vehicle except repairs necessitated by an emergency.

Section 355.040 Physically Disabled Parking.

[Ord. No. 5243 §1, 2-13-2012]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to park or stand any vehicle in any stall or space designated or reserved for physically disabled persons, as defined in Section 301.142, RSMo., as amended, whether upon public or private property open to public use, unless the vehicle bears the State of Missouri license plate or placard for the disabled as provided for in Sections 301.071 or 301.142, RSMo., as amended. The space shall be indicated by an upright sign whether on a pole or attached to a building upon which shall be inscribed the international symbol of accessibility and may also include any appropriate wording such as "Accessible Parking" to indicate that the space is reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles which display a distinguishing license plate or card. The sign described in this Subsection shall also state, or an additional sign shall be posted below or adjacent to the sign stating, the following: "$50 to $300 fine". Beginning August 28, 2011, all new signs designating accessible parking spaces shall not contain the words "Handicap Parking" or "Handicapped Parking".
B. 
Any vehicle operator who is not physically disabled shall not use a parking space reserved for physically disabled persons unless there is a physically disabled person in the vehicle or while the vehicle is being used to transport a physically disabled person.
C. 
Any person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of an offense and shall be subject to a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than three hundred dollars ($300.00). Every day upon which such violation occurs shall constitute a separate offense.

Section 355.050 Manner of Parking in Parking Lots.

[R.O. 2008 §16-327; Ord. No. 977 §1(13.24), 1-5-1981]
In any parking lot, vehicles shall be parked without encroaching upon drives, other parking spaces and reserved spaces. Vehicles shall not be parked, stopped or operated in such a manner as to block or unnecessarily hold up or delay the normal movement of other vehicles.

Section 355.055 Parking Longer Than Seven Days — Parking Wrecked, Etc., Vehicle Longer Than Forty-Eight Hours.

No person shall park or cause to be parked any vehicle continuously upon any street where parking is permitted for longer than seven (7) consecutive days; nor shall any person park any wrecked or dilapidated vehicle or any vehicle without motive power or not capable of immediate movement on any street or roadway where parking is permitted longer than forty-eight (48) hours. Any such vehicle so parked is hereby declared to be a nuisance and an unlawful obstruction of the highway and street.

Section 355.060 Parking in Parking Lot Without Permission.

It shall be unlawful for any person to park a motor vehicle on a parking lot without the consent of the owner or operator thereof.

Section 355.065 Parking Prohibited in Fire Lanes.

[R.O. 2008 §16-335; Ord. No. 977 §1(13.10), 1-5-1981; Ord. No. 1006 §5, 12-14-1981]
No person shall either stop, stand or park a vehicle in a marked fire lane or otherwise obstruct such lane, whether such lane is public property or on private property which is devoted to public use. Such fire lanes shall be marked as required by the Fire Protection District.

Section 355.070 Controlled Access Roadways — Stopping, Standing or Parking.

[R.O. 2008 §16-338; Ord. No. 977 §1(13.13), 1-5-1981]
A. 
No person shall stop, park or leave standing any vehicle upon the controlled access roadways or the entrance or exit thereon, except:
1. 
When necessary to avoid injury or damage to person or property;
2. 
When required by law or in obedience to a Police Officer or traffic control device;
3. 
When any person is actually engaged in maintenance or construction on the controlled access roadway or any employee of a public agency actually engaged in the performance of official duties;
4. 
When any vehicle is so disabled that it is impossible to avoid stopping; or
5. 
When any vehicle, whether commercial or private, stops to render emergency assistance to a vehicle or person.
B. 
In any event, no vehicle which is lawfully stopped or parked shall be stopped or parked, if practicable, other than in a position parallel with the edge of the controlled access roadway, headed in the direction of lawful traffic movement and of the traffic lanes and onto the shoulder of the controlled access roadway with emergency flashers operating if so equipped.

Section 355.080 Unattended Motor Vehicle. [1]

[R.O. 2008 §16-343; Ord. No. 977 §1(13.15), 1-5-1981]
A. 
No person shall leave a motor vehicle or permit a motor vehicle to stand unattended on any street, in a public place or on any new or used car lot or in any parking lot without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition and removing the ignition key from the vehicle.
B. 
Whenever any Police Officer finds a motor vehicle standing unattended with the ignition key in the vehicle in violation of this Section, the Police Officer shall remove such key from the vehicle and deliver it to the person in charge of the vehicle, if he/she may be found or the officer may deliver the keys to the person in charge of the Police station for safekeeping.
[1]
State Law Reference — Similar provisions, §304.150, RSMo.

Section 355.090 Child or Animal in Locked Vehicle. [1]

[R.O. 2008 §16-344; Ord. No. 977 §1(13.14), 1-5-1981]
No person shall leave any child or animal in any standing or parked, locked vehicle. The Police Department or any officer or agent thereof is hereby authorized to use whatever force is reasonably necessary to remove the child or animal from the vehicle whenever it reasonably appears that such child or animal's health, welfare or safety is or will be substantially endangered.
[1]
Cross References — Animals and fowl generally, ch. 205; minors §§210.580 et seq.

Section 355.100 Parking Without License Plate, Safety Inspection Certificate.

[R.O. 2008 §16-345; Ord. No. 977 §1(13.12), 1-5-1981; Ord. No. 5293 §1, 1-28-2013]
No person shall park upon any street or upon any public property or private property open to public use any motor vehicle not bearing or displaying a current license plate specifically issued for such motor vehicle and a current safety inspection sticker, except as may be authorized by law or regulation of any duly authorized governmental agency issuing such license plates.

Section 355.110 Parking of Trailers.

[Ord. No. 5431 §19, 7-27-2015]
A. 
In addition to the requirements and limitations of Chapter 405, No person shall park nor shall the owner or lessee of a parcel of land permit the parking of any trailer, trailer cab, bus, shipping container, dump truck, step-up van, boat trailer, utility trailer, motor home, RV vehicle, tent trailer, snowmobile trailer, camping trailer or motorcycle trailer within seventy-five (75) feet of any property line on any parking lot for any store, commercial building or warehouse located in any zoning district or any lot located in the HE, PH, PO, RO, MX, PC, GC, CB, LI, or Planned Zoning zoning districts unless a permit therefore shall have been obtained from the Chief of Police, except as follows:
1. 
Trailers and other vehicles directly involved in the operations of the store or building.
2. 
Trailers and other vehicles which are delivering supplies and materials to the store or business.
3. 
Trailers and other vehicles which are being serviced by the store or business as part of their normal operations.
4. 
Trailers used for storage during construction provided that such trailers shall be located behind the building unless otherwise approved by the Chief of Police.
5. 
Trailers used temporarily for truckload sales provided that such trailers shall not be used for more than seven (7) consecutive days.
6. 
Trailers used temporarily by churches and not-for-profit organizations.
7. 
Trailers used temporarily at loading docks.
8. 
Trailers used for recycling purposes.
9. 
Trailers used temporarily during carnivals.
B. 
Upon application therefore by the property owner, or the owner's permittee with his/her consent, of a lot or a parcel having a store, commercial building or warehouse located in an HE, PH, PO, RO, MX, PC, GC, CB, LI, or Planned Zoning zoning district, the Chief of Police may grant, at no cost to the applicant, a renewable ninety (90) day permit authorizing the parking within seventy-five (75) feet of the property lines of such lot or parcel of vehicles whose parking within such area is otherwise prohibited by Subsection (A) upon a finding that such parking would not endanger public health or safety or constitute a nuisance to adjoining property or residents thereof or visitors thereto and would be consistent with good planning practices. In making such determination the Chief of Police shall take into consideration the zoning and uses of adjacent properties, giving special attention to any residential uses, public facilities, public access areas, and traffic concerns. In issuing any permit the Chief of Police may impose such conditions and restrictions, including restrictions as to areas in which parking is permitted and screening requirements, as may be appropriate in light of the various factors considered.
C. 
When parking of vehicles is permitted or authorized under provisions of Subsection (A), such vehicles shall be parked only on an approved surface of concrete or asphalt.

Section 355.120 Tow Vehicles Excepted.

[R.O. 2008 §16-350; Ord. No. 977 §1(13.17), 1-5-1981]
The owner or operator of a commercial tow vehicle may stop or park such vehicle upon a street for the purpose of rendering assistance to a disabled vehicle; provided, a lighted lamp displaying a light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred (500) feet from the vehicle in all directions is displayed during such standing or parking and, further, that such standing or parking shall not be for a period of time longer than necessary.

Section 355.130 Utility Vehicles Excepted.

[R.O. 2008 §16-351; Ord. No. 977 §1(13.18), 1-5-1981]
Any service vehicle which is owned or operated by or for, or operated under contract with, a utility or public utility, whether privately or municipally owned, used in the construction, removal or repair of utility or public utility property or facilities and which is stopped, standing or parked at the site of work involving the construction, removal or repair of such utility or public utility property or facilities thereupon, on, over, under or adjacent to a highway and which service vehicle so operated displays warning devices shall be permitted to work without violation, for unlimited periods of time, in parking zones restricted as to length of time parking is normally permitted, zones where stopping, standing or parking is prohibited either by sign or without sign, zones where parking is prohibited during certain hours of the day, during those hours; provided that such stopping, standing or parking shall not be for a period longer than necessary.

Section 355.140 Restricted Use of Bus and Taxicab Stands.

No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle other than a bus in a bus stop or other than a taxicab in a taxicab stand when any such stop or stand has been officially designated and appropriately signed, except that the driver of a passenger vehicle may temporarily stop therein for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading passengers when such stopping does not interfere with any bus or taxicab waiting to enter or about to enter such zone.

Section 355.150 Parking Limitation For Certain Vehicles.

[R.O. 2008 §16-341; Ord. No. 977 §1(13.7), 1-5-1981; Ord. No. 1602 §1, 8-23-1993; Ord. No. 2252 §1, 1-14-2004; Ord. No. 5056 §1, 9-4-2008]
A. 
No vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds or more or any truck, van or trailer used for commercial purposes or in excess of twenty (20) feet in length or seven (7) feet in height shall park overnight within any residential area within the City, unless the vehicle is parked within an enclosed garage or the owner thereof has secured a temporary permit (not to exceed thirty (30) days) which shall be issued by the Chief of Police after he/she determines whether such parking will:
1. 
Substantially interfere with the protection of property on which the vehicle is parking with relation to fire and police protection;
2. 
Substantially interfere with the appearance and utilization of adjacent properties.
B. 
If the findings of the Chief of Police should be negative as to all of the criteria referred to in Subsections (A)(1) and (2) above, then the application for such temporary permit shall be granted; if the findings of the Chief of Police are affirmative as to any criterion in Subsection (A), then the temporary permit shall be denied.
C. 
No vehicle, truck, van, commercial vehicle or trailer as described above or any recreational vehicle or recreational equipment shall park overnight within the City limits in a commercially or industrially zoned area unless the vehicle is engaged in business at that location. No business or individual shall allow or permit a truck, commercial vehicle or trailer described in this Section not so engaged in business at that location or shall allow a recreational vehicle to park on property owned or controlled by such person.
D. 
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any boats, recreational vehicles or recreational equipment parked in any residential subdivision in compliance with Section 405.460(B)(3) of this Code, nor to any motor vehicle dealer duly licensed as such to do business in this City.
E. 
Notwithstanding any otherwise applicable parking restriction, boats, recreational vehicles and recreational equipment may be temporarily parked on a paved surface of a residential property, provided that such temporary parking does not occur during any portion of more than three (3) days in any two (2) consecutive calendar weeks. Such temporary parking shall not constitute a regulated accessory use (either permitted or prohibited) under the zoning ordinance.

Section 355.160 Signs Which Prohibit Commercial Vehicles or Vehicles in Excess of Gross Weight From Certain Streets and Bridges.

[R.O. 2008 §16-391; Ord. No. 977 §1(9.11), 1-5-1981]
A. 
Streets. When signs are erected prohibiting either commercial vehicles or vehicles in excess of a specified weight from the use of a street, no person shall operate a commercial vehicle or a vehicle in excess of the gross weight specified on such sign at any time upon any of the streets or parts of streets so marked; except that such vehicles may be operated thereon for the purpose of delivering or picking up materials or merchandise and then only by entering such streets at the intersection nearest the destination of the vehicle and proceeding thereon no farther than the nearest intersection thereafter; provided further, that the provisions of this Section shall not apply to vehicles owned or officially used by Federal agencies, the State, County or any other subdivision of government or agencies thereof.
B. 
Bridges. When signs are erected by which a driver of a vehicle when approaching a bridge is given notice that vehicles in excess of a specified weight are prohibited the use of the bridge, no person shall drive any vehicle in excess of the weight specified on said bridge so marked by sign.

Section 355.170 Using Vehicle For Display Advertising.

[R.O. 2008 §16-347; Ord. No. 977 §1(13.6), 1-5-1981]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to park upon any street, highway, roadway, thoroughfare or private property within the City any vehicle for the primary purpose of display advertising.
B. 
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any motor vehicle dealer duly licensed as such to do business in this City.