Town of Bar Harbor, ME
Hancock County
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[Amended 2-5-1991; 5-12-1991; 8-13-1991; 7-6-1993; 9-7-1993; 8-2-1994; 11-15-1994; 10-1-1996; 6-3-1997; 6-1-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-3; 9-7-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-07; 4-5-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-03]

§ 194-12 Stopping, standing or parking prohibited in specified places.

A. 
No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places or manners:
(1) 
On a sidewalk.
(2) 
In front of a public or private driveway or alley.
(3) 
Within an intersection.
(4) 
Within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
(5) 
On a crosswalk.
(6) 
Within 15 feet of the near corner of the curbs at an intersection.
(7) 
Within 15 feet upon the approach to any stop sign located at the side of a roadway.
(8) 
Within 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 20 feet of said entrance (when properly sign posted).
(9) 
Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic.
(10) 
On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street.
(11) 
Upon any bridge.
(12) 
At any place where official signs or curb painting so prohibit.
(13) 
On Cottage Street, West Street, Ledgelawn Avenue and on Main Street from Park Street to West Street in any manner other than headed in the general direction of travel for the side of the street on which the vehicle is parked.
B. 
No person shall move a vehicle lawfully under his control into any such prohibited area or away from a curb such distance as is unlawful.

§ 194-13 Handicapped parking.

A. 
Designation of spaces. The Police Chief, with the approval of the Town Council, shall designate, or cause to be designated, public parking spaces specifically reserved for handicapped persons.
(1) 
Adjacent to and visible from each designated handicapped parking space shall be posted:
(a) 
A sign consisting of a profile view of a wheelchair with an occupant in white on a blue background with a printed inscription. The inscription shall read "Handicapped Parking: Special Plate Required. Unauthorized vehicles are subject to a fine"; or
(b) 
A sign consisting of a profile view of a wheelchair with an occupant in white on a blue background which may bear an inscription.
(2) 
Any new sign erected or any sign replaced after April 11, 1983, must conform to the signs described in Subsection A(1)(a) and (b). Any existing signs posted that do not comply with such sections and which were erected before April 11, 1983, are valid for enforcement purposes.
B. 
Parking prohibited. No person shall park in any clearly marked parking space designated under this section as a handicapped parking space any vehicle that does not bear a special registration plate or placard issued under 29-A M.R.S.A. §§ 521 and 523 or a similar plate issued by another state.
C. 
Private parking. Owners of off-street parking shall arrange for private enforcement or shall enter into written agreements with the Police Department to police any spaces clearly marked parking spaces dedicated for handicapped persons' vehicles. Under such agreements, Town police may exercise their vested authority to ensure that parking spaces designated for the handicapped are utilized appropriately by handicapped persons, irrespective of whether the designated handicapped parking spaces are located on public or private lots open to the public, and the prohibition set forth in the preceding subsection shall apply to all parking spaces so designated.
D. 
Clearly marked. For purposes of this section, "clearly marked" includes signs painted on pavement, vertical standing signs, or barriers, any of which are visible under existing weather conditions.

§ 194-14 Parking prohibited at all times on certain streets.

A. 
Parking prohibited. When signs are erected, curbs are painted or pavement is marked giving notice thereof, no person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any of the streets or parts of streets described herein.
[Amended 6-16-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-03]
B. 
Designated areas. Parking shall be prohibited at all times upon the following streets or parts thereof:
Name of Street
Location
Agamont Lane
[Added 11-21-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-07]
Both sides, for the entire length
Albert Meadow
North side
Albert Meadow
South side, except from a point 30 feet from Main Street to a point 200 feet from Main Street
Ash Street
East side
Atlantic Avenue
North side
Billings Avenue
From the southeasterly corner of Lot 3-4-12, 40 feet northerly and 40 feet westerly, always following the sideline of said lot, and from the southwesterly corner of Lot 3-4-14, 45 feet northerly and 45 feet easterly, always following the sideline of said lot
Brewer Avenue
North side
Bridge Street
East side
Bridge Street
West side from Cottage Street to Summer Street
Center Street
South side
Cottage Street
From the intersection of Bridge Street easterly for 30 feet
Cottage Street
From the west end of Federal Street easterly for 40 feet
Cottage Street
North side from Main Street to a point 30 feet from Main Street
Cromwell Harbor Road
Both sides from Eagle Lake Road to 1,150 feet southwest
Derby Lane
[Amended 6-16-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-03]
North side from Main Street to a point 150 feet easterly thereof
Derby Lane
[Amended 6-16-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-03]
North side from a point 318 feet easterly of Main Street to a point 40 feet easterly thereof
Derby Lane
South side
Des Isle Avenue
East side
Des Isle Avenue
West side 30 feet from each end
Eagle Lake Road/233
North and south side except from a point 100 feet easterly from the Eagle Lake north side parking lot entrance to a point 654 feet east, except from a point 100 feet from the south side parking entrance to a point 181 feet east also known as "boat landing"
Eden Street
East side for a distance of 85 feet from Cottage Street
Edgewood Street
South side
Federal Street
Left side from eastern intersection with Cottage Street to the westerly leg of said street to the intersection with Cottage Street
First South Street
South side
Glen Mary Road
West side
Greeley Avenue
East side from Cottage Street southerly to the northerly leg of Greeley Square
Greeley Avenue
West side southerly from the northerly leg of Greeley Square
Greeley Square
Left side from southern intersection with Greeley Avenue
High Street
West side
Holland Avenue
Both sides between Mount Desert Street and West Street
Kavanaugh Place
West, south and east sides and within the extreme westerly 10 feet of the north side
Kennebec Street
East side
Livingston Road
South side
Maine State Route 3
North and south sides between Bangor Hydroelectric Pole No. 2-139 and Pole No. 2-134
Main Street
East side to a point 50 feet southerly of a private way known as "Cottage Way" to a point 120 feet northerly of said Cottage Way; and from Stephens Lane to a point 120 feet southerly thereof; and from a point 60 feet northerly of Albert Meadow to a point 80 feet southerly of Albert Meadow
Main Street
West side from a point 90 feet northerly of Cottage Street to point 60 feet southerly of Cottage Street; and from a point 240 feet southerly of Cottage Street to Rodick Place
Maple Avenue
West side
Michigan Avenue
South side
Mount Desert Street
South side from School Street, except from a point 350 feet from Main Street to a point 60 feet from Main Street
Myrtle Avenue
North side
Newport Drive
North side
Newton Way
North side from a point 138 feet from School Street to a point 168 feet from School Street
Newton Way
South side
Park Street
North side from Main Street to Ledgelawn Avenue
Pleasant Street
South side
Roberts Avenue
Both sides for a distance of 95 feet from Cottage Street
Roberts Square
Both sides
Rodick Place
Both sides, except in officially marked parking spaces
Rodick Place
North side from Main Street to a point 118 feet from Main Street
Rodick Street
East side 40 feet northerly from Cottage Street
Rodick Street
West and east sides from Cottage Street to Kennebec Street
School Street
East side 37 feet from Mount Desert Street
School Street
West side
Second South Street
South side
Shannon Road
West side 500 feet southerly from Mount Desert Street
Snow Street
West side
Spring Street
West side
Stanwood Place
South side
Summer Street
Both sides
Wayman Lane
South side
Wescott Avenue
Both sides
York Street
[Amended 3-1-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-01]
Both sides

§ 194-15 Parking time limited on certain streets and in public parking lots.

A. 
When signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall park a vehicle except in conformity with the following provisions:
(1) 
Two-hour parking. Parking time at the following locations is limited to two hours, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., from Memorial Day to and including Columbus Day, except during the Independence Day celebration:
Name of Street
Location
Cottage Street
Both sides
Main Street
Both sides from Wayman Lane to West Street
Mount Desert Street
South side from Main Street to School Street and north side from Main Street to Kennebec Street
Fire Fly Lane
South side
West Street
From Main Street to the west end of Billings Avenue
(2) 
Three-hour parking. Parking time at the following locations is limited to three hours, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., from Memorial Day to and including Columbus Day, except during the Independence Day celebration:
(a) 
Central Parking Lot (those public parking lots neighboring the police and fire stations);
(b) 
Newport Drive Parking Lot (the public parking lot adjacent to Newport Drive), except for the parking spaces abutting the easterly boundary;
[Amended 11-21-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-07; 6-16-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-03]
(c) 
Harborview Parking Lot (the public parking lot adjacent to Harborview Park);
(d) 
Backyard Parking Lot (the public parking lot bounded by York Street, Lenox Place and Laurel Court);
(e) 
Municipal Pier Parking Lot;
(f) 
Grant's Park Parking Lot (the public parking lot adjacent to Grant's Park), the easterly row of parking.
(g) 
West Street, from the Municipal Pier to Main Street.
(3) 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A(3), Ten-hour parking, added 11-21-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-07, was repealed 6-16-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-03.
(4) 
Long-term parking. No parking shall be permitted in any municipal parking lot for more than 72 continuous hours unless otherwise designated as long-term parking. No long-term parking shall be permitted from the day after Columbus Day to the day before Memorial Day.
(5) 
Municipal office parking lot. There shall be no parking between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. daily in the parking lot to the east side of the Municipal Office Building.
(6) 
Resident recreational boater permits. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Harbor Master or Dispatch Division shall, upon request, on a daily basis, issue to resident recreational boaters permits which allow all-day parking in the Newport Drive Parking Lot, subject to the following conditions:
[Amended 11-21-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-07; 6-16-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-03]
(a) 
Only 10 permits may be issued per day.
(b) 
Permits shall be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
(c) 
A permit shall serve merely to exempt the vehicle(s) for which it is issued from the time limitations set forth in this section, shall only be valid on the day on which it is issued and shall not be construed so as to guarantee the holder thereof an available parking space in the Newport Drive Parking Lot.
(d) 
A permit shall not be issued until the Harbor Master or Dispatch Division has been satisfied that the person who is requesting it actually intends to engage in recreational boating on the date of issuance. Any person to whom a permit is issued who does not engage in recreational boating on the date of issuance shall not be eligible to receive a permit for a period of six months thereafter.
(e) 
Permits may only be requested in writing.
(f) 
Only one vehicle per boat trailer shall be issued a permit at any one time.
(g) 
For purposes of this subsection, a resident shall be defined as a person holding a Maine driver’s license, a Maine motor vehicle registration and a Maine boat registration, all of which shall be current and show a physical address within the Town of Bar Harbor.
(7) 
Parking for commercial fishermen. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter to the contrary, the Harbor Master shall, upon request, on an annual basis, issue no more than 30 permits to individual resident commercial fishing vessel owners which shall allow permitees to exceed the posted parking time limit on the Municipal Pier, and in the public parking lot adjacent to Newport Drive, subject to the following conditions:
[Amended 9-17-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-04]
(a) 
A permit shall be valid for any of the lots named above and shall not designate a particular lot.
(b) 
A permit shall serve merely to exempt the vehicle for which it was issued from the time limitations set forth in this section and shall not be construed as to guarantee the holder thereof an available parking space in any lot.
(c) 
With respect to the Municipal Pier, a permit shall only be valid when used for parking in the center, northern and western aisle parking spaces.
(d) 
Permits shall be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning May 15 of each year and shall expire on May 14 of the following year.
(e) 
Permits may only be requested in person.
(f) 
The Town Council shall, from time to time, establish the number of permits to be issued, the conditions under which permits may be issued, any limitations of issuance and the fee to be charged therefor, if any.
(g) 
Only one vehicle per boat used for commercial fishing shall be issued a permit at any one time.
(h) 
No permit shall be issued until the Harbor Master has been satisfied that the person requesting the same is actually a resident commercial fishing vessel owner.
(i) 
No permit shall be issued to any person who is not current in his or her payment of mooring fees, any license or permit required to be paid to the Town by commercial fishermen, or any personal property taxes related to his or her boat or fishing equipment.
(j) 
No vehicle displaying a permit issued under this section may be parked in any of the above-mentioned lots for more than 18 continuous hours in any twenty-four-hour period.
(k) 
No holder of a permit issued under this section shall park a permitted vehicle with its tailgate in an open position or in such a manner as to otherwise impede the orderly and efficient flow of traffic.
(8) 
Fifteen-minute parking. Parking shall be limited to 15 minutes upon the following streets or parts thereof:
(a) 
A total of four spaces, two on the north side of Cottage Street and two on the south side of Cottage Street, at the curb cuts to Graves' Shop and Save and the Municipal Building.
(b) 
A total of five spaces in front of the Bar Harbor Post Office on the north side of Cottage Street between the east and west ends of Federal Street.
B. 
Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter to the contrary, parking shall not be permitted on any public street or in any municipal parking lot between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from November 15 to April 15.

§ 194-16 Hazardous or congested places.

A. 
Authority to designate. The Police Chief, with the approval of the Town Council, is hereby authorized to determine and designate by proper signs areas, not exceeding 100 feet in length, in which the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles is prohibited as it would create an especially hazardous condition or would cause unusual delay to traffic.
B. 
Stopping, standing and parking prohibited. When official signs are erected at hazardous or congested places as authorized herein, no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in any such designated place.

§ 194-17 Parking not to obstruct traffic.

No person shall stop, stand, park or leave a vehicle on any street or bikeway in such a manner or under such conditions so as to obstruct the free passage of other vehicles in either direction, unless specifically permitted by a police officer, or so as to leave available less than 10 feet of the width of the roadway for free movement of vehicular traffic.

§ 194-18 Parking in alleys.

No person shall park a vehicle within an alley in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than 10 feet of width of the roadway for the free movement of vehicular traffic, and no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within an alley in such position as to block the driveway entrance to an abutting property.

§ 194-19 Standing or parking close to curb.

No person shall stand or park a vehicle on Eden Street, Main Street or Mount Desert Street other than parallel to the edge of the roadway, headed in the direction of lawful traffic movement, and with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle within 12 inches of the curb or edge of the roadway, except as follows:
A. 
Backing to curb. When specifically authorized by a police officer, any person may back a vehicle to the curb for the purpose of loading or unloading merchandise or materials for a period not in excess of 30 minutes. No person shall so back a vehicle to a curb unless specifically so authorized by a police officer, and no person shall, in any event, back a vehicle onto any curb or sidewalk in this municipality.
B. 
Angle parking. Angle parking shall be permitted only in those areas designated by signs.

§ 194-20 Places of assemblage.

The Police Chief is authorized to place temporary or permanent traffic control signs in front of entrances to places of assemblage or any other buildings in which entertainments, plays, shows, exhibitions and the like are given, either regularly or otherwise, for such periods as the Police Chief may deem wise under the circumstances.

§ 194-21 Large vehicles.

[Amended 12-6-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-08]
No owner, driver, or person in charge of any vehicle which has a carrying capacity of more than 3,000 pounds or which, including load, is more than 20 feet five inches in length or which, including load, is more than eight feet in width or which, including load, is more than 12 feet six inches in height shall permit the same to stand upon any public street or public parking lot in the Town except in those areas where such parking is permitted as designated by signs which are erected and give notice thereof or unless specifically permitted by the Chief of Police.

§ 194-22 Owner's liability.

The parking of any motor vehicle in violation of any provision of this chapter shall be prima facie evidence of the unlawful parking of such vehicle by the person in whose name such vehicle is registered.

§ 194-23 Parking adjacent to school areas.

The Police Chief is hereby authorized to cause temporary or permanent signs to be erected indicating no parking adjacent to any school property when such parking would, in his or her opinion, interfere with traffic or create a hazardous situation. When official signs are erected indicating no parking adjacent to any school property, no person shall park a vehicle in any such designated place.

§ 194-24 Snow removal.

A. 
No vehicle shall be parked at any time on any public street or way so as to interfere with or hinder the removal of snow from said street or way by the Town plowing or loading or hauling.
B. 
For the purpose of facilitating the removal of snow, the Director of Public Works or Chief of Police may cause to be placed properly marked signs along any street or streets as either shall, from time to time, deem necessary. It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to enter upon, stop or park within the spaces indicated by such signs.

§ 194-25 Unlawful parking.

No person shall park a vehicle upon any roadway for the principal purpose of advertising, displaying such vehicle for sale, or washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle, except repairs necessitated by an emergency.

§ 194-26 Public utility vehicles.

Vehicles operated by the Town of Bar Harbor or by public utility companies, used for installation, repair and maintenance purposes, may be exempted by the Police Chief, upon notice to the Town Clerk, in each case temporarily for the period while actually at work at a definite location, from any of the requirements of this chapter, provided that during such exemption period, work will be conducted with all reasonable dispatch and that such precautions as the Police Chief may require in the interest of public safety shall be taken. The Police Chief is authorized to place temporary signs prohibiting parking in such places at the scene of work as he or she deems necessary to facilitate traffic and the work in progress. Subject to the necessary exceptions provided by this section, Article IV of this chapter shall nevertheless be observed insofar as practicable. Upon receipt of such notice, the Town Clerk shall notify the Police Chief, the Fire Chief, and the Director of Public Works of such operations.

§ 194-27 Time limit for on-street parking.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter to the contrary, no person shall park a vehicle on any street for a period of more than 72 continuous hours.

§ 194-28 Permit parking only.

A. 
Parking prohibited except by permit. From Memorial Day through Columbus Day, it shall be unlawful and in violation of this article for any person to stop, stand or park any vehicle, other than a vehicle displaying a valid permit issued by the Police Chief or their designee under regulations to be prescribed by Council order, on those streets or portions of parking areas duly posted and which are described below:
B. 
Service and delivery vehicles excepted. Non-permitted vehicles stopped, standing or parked within 200 feet of a building for the purpose of making deliveries or providing services to a building located on a street or portion of a street described or specified in this section shall not be required to display the permit otherwise required herein.
C. 
Permit requirements:
(1) 
The Town Council may set permit fees from time to time. No permit shall be issued except upon payment of the applicable fee, if any.
(2) 
Permits shall be valid only for the current calendar year.
(3) 
There shall be two classes of permits: resident and employee.
(4) 
Applicants desiring to receive a resident permit shall submit the following:
(a) 
Current Maine motor vehicle registration form showing a physical address within the Town of Bar Harbor.
(b) 
A completed application form showing:
[1] 
Name of registrant of motor vehicle.
[2] 
Physical address of their current residence in the Town of Bar Harbor.
[3] 
Mailing address, if different from physical address.
[4] 
Vehicle description, including make, model, color, year of manufacture and plate number, all of which shall match the submitted vehicle registration form.
(5) 
Applicants desiring to receive an employee permit shall be a current employee of a business located in the Town of Bar Harbor, hold a position with that business which requires their physical presence in the downtown Bar Harbor area and submit the following:
(a) 
Two valid paycheck stubs issued during the current year by an employer having a physical address within the Town of Bar Harbor.
(b) 
A completed application form showing:
[1] 
Name of registrant of motor vehicle.
[2] 
Physical address of their current residence.
[3] 
Mailing address, if different from physical address.
[4] 
Vehicle description, including make, model, color, year of manufacture and plate number.
(6) 
Upon submittal of the required application materials as provided above and payment of the fee as set by the Town Council, the Police Chief or their designee shall issue the appropriate class of permit.
(7) 
The Police Department shall provide parking permits in the form of a sticker, which shall be consecutively numbered and show the year of issue.
(8) 
Permits shall be permanently affixed to the vehicle's front windshield on the passenger-side lower corner and shall be clearly visible through the windshield. Permits not properly displayed shall be invalid.
(9) 
A permit shall not guarantee a parking space. Spaces shall be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
(10) 
No permit shall be issued for any vehicle having outstanding Town of Bar Harbor parking fines.
(11) 
No person shall furnish false information to the Town in connection with obtaining a permit authorized hereunder. Any permit issued upon false information shall be null and void and subject the applicant to additional penalties as provided by law.
(12) 
No person shall transfer any permit and any permit attempted to be transferred shall be null and void and subject to confiscation by the Bar Harbor Police Department. Upon the disposal of a vehicle already permitted, a resident may apply for a new permit for the new vehicle. Residents surrendering the old permit shall receive the new permit at no charge.
(13) 
Whenever the conditions which qualified an applicant for a permit no longer exist, the owner of the vehicle so permitted shall immediately remove the permit sticker.
D. 
Any violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $100, each day of violation being considered a separate offense.

§ 194-29 Recreational boater and boat trailer parking.

[Amended 11-21-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-07; 6-16-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-03]
There shall be no parking of any vehicles in the parking spaces abutting the easterly boundary of the Newport Drive Parking Lot, except as provided below:
A. 
Boat trailers, with or without motor vehicle or boat attached, but not to exceed 10 hours.
B. 
Vehicles of resident recreational boaters displaying permits as provided by § 194-15.