[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Dennis 12-9-1986 Special Town Meeting, Art. I. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This bylaw shall apply to any existing or future parking area to which the public has a right to access as invitees or licensees which contains more than 15 parking spaces.
No person shall park a motor vehicle, motorcycle or like means of transportation in a designated parking space that is reserved for vehicles owned and operated by disabled veterans or by handicapped persons, unless said vehicle bears the distinctive license plates or placards authorized by MGL C. 90, § 2, or for vehicles transporting a handicapped person and displaying the special identification plate authorized by MGL C. 90, § 2, or for any vehicle bearing the official identification of a handicapped person issued by any other state. Any person or body that has lawful control of a public or private way or of improved or enclosed property used as off-street parking areas for businesses, shopping malls, theaters, auditoriums, sporting or recreational facilities, cultural centers, residential dwellings or for any other place where the public has a right to access as invitees or licensees shall be required to reserve parking spaces in said off-street parking areas for any vehicle owned and operated by a disabled veteran or handicapped person whose vehicle bears the distinguishing license plate or placard authorized by MGL C. 90,§ 2, or for vehicles transporting a handicapped person and dispalying the special identification plate authorized by MGL C. 90, § 2, or for any vehicle bearing the official identification of a handicapped person issued by any other state, according to the following formula. If the number of parking spaces in any such area is:
More than 15 but not more than 25, one parking space.
More than 25 but not more than 40, 5% of such spaces, but not fewer than two.
More than 40 but not more than 100, 4% of such spaces, but not fewer than three.
More than 100, but not more than 200, 3%, of such spaces but not fewer than four.
More than 200 but not more than 500, 2% of such spaces but not fewer than six.
More than 500, but not more than 1,000, 1 1/2% of such spaces but not fewer than 10.
More than 1,000 but not more than 2,000, one 1% of such spaces, but not fewer than 15.
More than 2,000 but less than 5,000, 3/4 of 1% of such spaces but not fewer than 20.
More than 5,000, 1/2 of 1% of such spaces, but not fewer than 30.
Each parking space designated as reserved under the provisions of § 108-2 of this bylaw or each pair of such spaces shall be identified by a permanently installed above-grade sign located at a height of not less than five feet and not more than eight feet to the top of the sign, with white lettering against a blue background, and shall bear the words "Handicapped Parking; Special Plate Required; Unauthorized Parking Subject to Fine and Removal of Vehicle at Owner's Expense," and must also contain the international symbol of accessibility, which is a person in a wheelchair. Such parking spaces shall be as near as possible to a building entrance or walkway, shall be adjacent to curb ramps or other unobstructed methods permitting sidewalk access to a handicapped person, shall be 12 feet wide or have two eight-foot-wide areas with four feet of cross hatch between them and shall contain the international symbol of accessibility on their surface. Where the designated parking space cannot be located within 200 feet of an entrance accessible to the physically handicapped, a drop-off area accessible to the physically handicapped shall be provided within 100 feet of such entrance.
The penalty for parking in violation of this bylaw shall be $100. For a second or subsequent offense, the vehicle may also be removed in accordance with the provisions of MGL c. 266, § 120D. This provision shall be enforced by the Police Department or by parking control officers appointed pursuant to the provisions of MGL c. 147, § 10F. The penalties are the minimum amounts as set forth in MGL c. 40, § 21, Clause (24).
[Amended 5-7-1996 ATM, Art. 77; 5-3-2005 ATM, Art. 36]
This bylaw shall be enforced by the town effective June 1, 1987.