City of Biddeford, ME
York County
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[Ord. No. 2002.81, 9-3-2002]
The police chief, upon application, may issue a placard to an organization or agency, to include but not limited to, visiting nurse services, that provides in home medical services. The placard may only be used when the authorized person is in the actual performance of a medical visit to a subscribing in home patient. When used, the placard must be displayed by hanging it from the rear view mirror so that it may be viewed from the front and rear when the vehicle is occupying a parking space that is designated as "No Parking" or which otherwise prohibits vehicles from utilizing the space.
A vehicle displaying a placard in accordance with this Section is exempt from the parking restrictions imposed under the provisions of this chapter. Except that a vehicle shall not remain in a designated "No Parking" zone for longer than one hour, or parked in an area that would otherwise create a traffic hazard or a risk to public safety.
[Code 1975, § 14-48.1; Ord. of 11-4-1992, § 14-48.1; Ord. of 8-15-1995; Ord. of 9-20-1995; Ord. of 12-15-1998(3); Ord. of 12-15-1998(4); Ord. No. 2001.28, 4-17-2001; Ord. No. 2006.105, 12-5-2006]
Any vehicle parked, or standing, whether attended or unattended, in a duly marked and designated disability parking space, without displaying the required disability plate or placards, in accordance with 29-A M.R.S.A. § 521, shall be in violation of the City's parking ordinances and assessed a penalty as provided in Section 42-64.
[Code 1975, § 14-40]
No vehicle shall stop and double park a vehicle lengthwise on any public street except in case of accident or emergency.
[Code 1975, § 14-41]
All vehicles shall be parked within 12 inches of the curb. Except on streets where parking is permitted only on the lefthand side thereof, no vehicle shall be parked with its left side to the curb.
[Code 1975, § 14-49]
It shall be unlawful and a violation of the provisions of this article for any person to cause, allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in the name of or operated by such person to be parked across any line or marking of a parking space or in such position that such vehicle shall not be entirely within the limits of such parking space.
[Code 1975, § 14-29; Ord. of 6-7-1994, § 14-29]
Conditioned upon the payment of all license fees and other use charges as provided in this Code, and such further rules and regulations relative to such use as the Mayor and City Council shall promulgate, all operators of motor vehicles of common carriers of passengers shall park, except between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., such vehicles only within the designated areas set forth in Section 42-94. Nothing in this section shall restrict any public automobile from parking on any public way while actually hired or employed. No public automobile, while awaiting hire or employment, shall be left unattended by its owner or his servants for a longer period than 1/2 hour. No other vehicle shall park on any of the streets designated as public auto stands.
[Ord. of 8-4-1992, § 14-67; amended 9-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.100]
(Reserved)
[Code 1975, § 14-5; Ord. of 10-3-1995; amended 8-19-2014 by Ord. No. 2014.71]
(a) 
No truck tractor or trailer shall be parked on any of the streets in the City between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
(b) 
No person shall park any motor vehicle or combination of vehicles on any public street, public way, or publicly owned property which exceeds 23 feet in length in any area zoned residential pursuant to the Zoning Ordinance, unless such vehicle is engaged in making a delivery, accepting or discharging passengers, loading or unloading cargo, or providing governmental, utility, emergency or other services to abutting properties. This prohibition does not apply to vehicles engaged in the construction, repair, or maintenance of public streets, public ways or publicly owned property.
(c) 
No person shall park any camper, recreational vehicle, trailer, or similar vehicle whether attached or not attached to another vehicle, upon any public street for more than 24 hours in any seven-calendar-day period.
[Code 1975, § 14-42; Ord. of 10-15-1991, § 1(14-42)]
Between November 1 and April 1, no vehicle may remain parked on any public way for more than 48 hours. Any vehicle remaining parked in violation of this section shall be subject to being towed at the owner's expense.
[Ord. of 10-15-1991, § 2(14-42.1); amended Ord. of 2-16-1999(3); Ord. No. 2006.105, 12-5-2006; 1-16-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.6; 9-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.101
The following provisions shall apply during snow emergencies as declared by the Director of Public Works:
(1) 
When the Director of Public Works deems it necessary to allow for the safe and efficient removal of snow and ice from the public ways within the City, the Director may declare that a snow emergency exists. The Director of Public Works will announce the snow emergency by notifying the local radio and television media, and request that they make periodic announcements of the parking ban. The Director will state in his notice that during the hours of the emergency, parking of motor vehicles is prohibited on any way or municipal parking lot within the jurisdiction of the City, except that the municipal parking lots at the Community Center (Myrtle Street side only), Clifford Park East Biddeford Little League parking lot (on Hill Street), Public Access parking lot (on Pool Street) and Sullivan Street parking lot are open for parking during the period of the emergency at no fee; and the Foss Street Parking Lot, Washington Street Parking Lot, Gas House Parking Lot, and the Water Street Parking Lot are open for parking during the period of the emergency on a pay-per-use permit-only basis.
[Amended 12-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.149]
(2) 
For permit-only lots, a permit may be obtained through self-service kiosks, mobile app when available or through the City Clerk’s office. The form of permit to be displayed shall be the license plate referenced on the valid vehicle registration, appropriately recorded during the permitting process, and properly attached to the vehicle. Municipal parking permit holders must comply with all snow emergency parking ban notices and instructions regardless of the nature of the parking permit.
[Amended 12-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.149]
(3) 
A vehicle parked in violation of the declared snow emergency shall be towed at the owner's expense.
(4) 
Vehicles parked in the Foss Street and Washington Street, Clifford Park, Community Center, Gas House and Water Street municipal parking lots as authorized by this section must be removed prior to 7:00 a.m. on the day of the end of the snow emergency, and these municipal parking lots may not be used until they have been cleared of snow.
[Code 1975, § 14-44]
No vehicle shall be allowed to remain backed up to the curb except when actually loading or unloading, and then only for a reasonable time, not exceeding 10 minutes.
[Code 1975, § 14-47; amended 8-19-2014 by Ord. No. 2014.72]
(a) 
No dealer or seller of a motor vehicle or owner, lessee or tenant of any garage used for the storage or repairing of motor vehicles shall be allowed or permitted to occupy any part of the public way for the purpose of display, or for sale or exchange, or to repair any motor vehicle, and shall not use any public way or street for parking of motor vehicles used in or connected with his business.
(b) 
No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle upon any street for the principal purpose of:
(1) 
Displaying it for sale.
(2) 
Washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle except for repairs necessitated by an emergency.
(3) 
Advertising.
(4) 
Storage. "Storage," as used herein, shall mean parking a vehicle continuously upon any street in the same place for more than 10 consecutive days.
[Code 1975, § 14-62; Ord. of 7-16-1991; Ord. of 12-17-1996; Ord. of 5-5-1998(1); Ord. of 7-21-1998(1); Ord. of 8-4-1998(2); Ord. of 12-15-1998(4); Ord. of 12-15-1998(5); Ord. of 2-16-1999(3); Ord. No. 2002.65, 7-2-2002; Ord. No. 2003.35, 3-4-2003; Ord. No. 2005.25, 4-19-2005; Ord. No. 2006.105, 12-5-2006; Ord. No. 2007.47, 6-2-2007; Ord. No. 2008.61, 9-2-2008; 5-21-2013 by Ord. No. 2013.39; 8-7-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.76; 9-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.102; 11-26-2018; 1-10-2019; 2-19-2019 by Ord. No. 2019.5]
The following is a list of the municipal parking lots along with a description of their location and authorized use. For the purposes of this chapter, all municipal parking lots are considered as public ways as defined in M.R.S.A. § 29-A. No vehicle shall remain parked in a municipal public parking lot for more than 48 consecutive hours. A vehicle parked in violation of this section may be towed at the owner's expense.
Alfred Street Parking Lot, also known as the Blue Lot, refers to the City municipal parking lot that is adjacent to the 39 Alfred Street Police Station, and is bordered by Alfred Street, Foss Street, and the property line at 1 Pool Street and further described as Map 38, Lot 404.
Rows 2, 3 and 4 shall be reserved for permit parking available for monthly (Monday through Friday) permits, monthly (24/7) permits and the remainder available for short-term and monthly (nights and weekend) permits, with the remainder available for short-term parking on a rolling basis. Row 1, which is adjacent to, and is parallel to, the police station, is reserved for police parking only. The first two spaces in Row 1 are reserved for, and shall be posted and clearly marked as, handicap parking; the first two spaces in Row 2 are reserved for thirty-minute parking while conducting police business.
City Hall Parking Lot shall be designated as the ways and parking spaces bordered by City Hall from Adams Street thence southerly along City Hall, thence westerly along the rear of City Hall and City Theater, thence westerly along properties identified as Map 38, Lots 134 and 134-1, thence easterly along property identified as Map 38, Lot 194, thence easterly along South Street to the Civil War Memorial traffic island, thence easterly on the northerly edge of the Civil War Memorial traffic island, thence northerly on the westerly edge of the Civil War Memorial traffic island, thence northerly along Adams Street to City Hall.
(1)
No vehicle shall be parked in the area designated as the City Hall parking lot between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., unless such vehicle displays an official parking pass issued by the City Clerk, and displayed in a manner determined by the Clerk.
(2)
The City Clerk may issue official parking passes to municipal officials and employees.
(3)
Two spaces shall be posted and clearly marked and reserved for disability parking. One of the spaces shall be van accessible.
(4)
The area of the City Hall parking lot that is immediately adjacent to the Civil War Memorial, and is bordered by South Street, shall have one space marked and reserved for the City Clerk; one space marked and reserved for the City Manager; one space marked and reserved for the Mayor; with the remaining parking spaces reserved for use by municipal vehicles only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
(5)
The area of the City Hall parking lot that is immediately adjacent to the City Hall building, and that is bordered by Adams Street, shall be designated and marked as follows: two spaces reserved for use by municipal vehicles only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the remaining spaces as one-hour parking for use by the general public to conduct business at City Hall.
(6)
The three parking stalls in the area of the City Hall parking lot that is closest to the rear entrance to City Hall building, and to City Theater, shall be limited to one-hour parking and reserved for City business only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Clifford Park Parking Lot is a City public parking lot that is located on Pool Street and is further identified as Map 39, Lot 334, with a physical address of 130 Pool Street.
One space shall be posted and clearly marked as reserved for disability parking.
No vehicle shall remain parked in this parking lot longer than 24 consecutive hours.
Community Center Parking Lots refers to the City public parking lots at the J. Richard Martin Community Center, located at 189 Alfred Street as identified on Map 34, Lot 228, and further described as the parking lot which is adjacent and parallel to the Community Center, and Myrtle Street on the east side; and the parking lot which is adjacent and parallel to the Community Center, and Clark Street on the west side.
Two spaces which shall be posted and clearly marked as handicap parking, located on the Clark Street side, at or near the handicap ramp, which is located at the northwest corner of the Community Center building.
Two spaces which shall be posted and clearly marked as handicap parking, located on the Myrtle Street side, at or near the rear of the Community Center building on the southeast corner.
Two spaces which shall be posted and clearly marked as ten-minute limited parking from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for YMCA Daycare, one located on left side of the main entrance to the Daycare 10 feet from the concrete curb and one located on right side of the main entrance to the Daycare.
Downtown Parking Lot, also known as the Yellow Lot, refers to the City public parking lot located at 17 — 21 Franklin Street and further described as Map 38, Lots 389 and 390.
The lot shall be reserved for hourly permit-only parking with the first two hours for any vehicle of any calendar day at no charge.
Two spaces which shall be posted and clearly marked as handicap parking.
Federal Street Parking Lot, also known as the Green Lot, is located on the corner of Franklin Street and Federal Street behind 25 — 27 Washington Street, and is exclusive of a strip of land located between 5 — 13 Washington Street and 25 — 27 Washington Street, and further described as Map 38, Lot 353-1.
The lot shall be reserved for long-term permit-only parking available for monthly (Monday through Friday) permits, monthly (24/7) permits, monthly (nights and weekend) permits, with the remainder available for short-term parking on a rolling basis, except that eight spaces located adjacent to 5 Washington Street and further described as Map 38, Lot 352, shall be available as dedicated parking spaces.
Foss Street Parking Lot, also known as the Purple Lot, refers to the City public parking lot located at the formerly known street address numbers 5, 7, and 15 to 21 Foss Street, and as further described on City Tax Map 39, Lots 80 and 84.
The lot shall be designated for long-term permit-only parking available for monthly (Monday through Friday) permits, monthly (24/7) permits, monthly (nights and weekend) permits, with the remainder available for short-term parking on a rolling basis.
No vehicle shall remain parked in this parking lot longer than 24 consecutive hours without a valid permit.
Franklin Street Parking Lot, also known as the Green Lot, refers to the City public parking lot located at the corner of Franklin Street, Washington Street and Federal Street, parallel to Jefferson Street, and further described as Map 38, Lots 354, 355 and 360.
The lot shall be designated as permit-only parking available for monthly (Monday through Friday) permits, monthly (24/7) permits and the remainder available for short-term and monthly (nights and weekend) permits, with the remainder available for short-term parking on a rolling basis, except that up to four spaces located adjacent to 42 Franklin Street, with an additional six spaces located directly in front of 42 Franklin Street, and further described as Map 38, Lot 364, shall be available as thirty-minute parking spaces.
Ten spaces shall be posted and clearly marked as reserved for use by courthouse employees on scheduled court days, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
No vehicle shall remain parked in this parking lot longer than 24 consecutive hours without a valid permit.
Gas House Parking Lot, also known as the Maroon Lot, is a City public parking lot that is located on Water Street and is situated between Mechanic's Park and the Waste Water Treatment Facility, and further described as Map 41, Lot 16.
The lot shall be designated as permit-only parking available for monthly (Monday through Friday) permits, monthly (24/7) permits, monthly (nights and weekend) permits, with the remainder available for short-term parking on a rolling basis. One space shall be posted and clearly marked as reserved for disability parking.
No vehicle shall remain parked in this parking lot longer than 24 consecutive hours without a valid permit.
Washington Street Parking Lot, also known as the Red Lot, refers to the City public parking lot located at 75 Washington Street and is more specifically identified as Map 38, Lot 312.
The lot shall be designated as permit-only parking available for monthly (Monday through Friday) permits, monthly (24/7) permits, monthly (nights and weekend) permits, with the remainder available for short-term parking on a rolling basis.
No vehicle shall remain parked in this parking lot longer than 24 consecutive hours without a valid permit.
Wastewater Treatment Facility Parking Lot, also known as the Brown Lot, refers to the City public parking lot located at the intersection of Water Street and Pike Street, and is more specifically identified as Map 41, Lot 1.
The lot shall be designated as permit-only parking available for monthly (Monday through Friday) permits, monthly (24/7) permits, monthly (nights and weekend) permits, with the remainder available for short-term parking on a rolling basis.
No vehicle shall remain parked in this parking lot longer than 24 consecutive hours without a valid permit.
Parking spaces marked and dedicated to short-term parking of 30 minutes or less shall be so marked and shall not require a permit within the designated permit-only parking lots.
For permit-only lots, a permit may be obtained through self-service kiosks, a mobile app when available or through the City Clerk's office. The form of permit to be displayed shall be the license plate referenced on the valid vehicle registration, appropriately recorded during the permitting process, and properly attached to the vehicle.
[Added 6-4-2013 by Ord. No. 2013.48]
In order to accommodate and facilitate the removal of household solid waste and qualified recycling material at roadside, the Director of Public Works may designate streets or areas as "No Parking" for certain designated hours during Monday through Friday for the purpose of household solid waste removal and the pickup of qualified recycling material. Those areas so designated shall be posted with the restricted parking, and violators may be towed.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Sec. 42-63, Parking by permit only, added 8-17-2010 by Ord. No. 2010.83, was repealed 5-21-2013 by Ord. No. 2013.37.
[Code 1975, § 14-51; Ord. No. 11-17-1997(1); Ord. of 7-7-1998(1); Ord. No. 2006.98, 11-21-2006]
(a) 
Fees for parking violations shall be set as follows:
[Amended 6-6-2017 by Ord. No. 2017.50]
(1) 
Parking in snow removal or plowing area: $40.
(2) 
Parking in fire lane: $40.
(3) 
Overtime parking: $25.
(4) 
Parking in a truck zone and/or loading/unloading zone: $30.
(5) 
Double parking: $40.
(6) 
Parking in no parking, etc., area: $40.
(7) 
Parking in front of fire hydrant: $40.
(8) 
Blocking driveway (upon complaint): $40.
(9) 
Parking on sidewalks: $35.
(10) 
Parking facing traffic: $25.
(11) 
Parking in a permit-only zone: $35.
[Amended 2-5-2019 by Ord. No. 2019.2]
(12) 
Parking in a disability-designated area: traffic infraction.[1]
All parking fines left unpaid after 30 days shall be doubled.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection (a) (13), which listed the fee for failure to purchase a permit for permit-required municipal lots, and which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 2-5-2019 by Ord. No. 2019.2.
(b) 
A vehicle with three or more outstanding parking violations issued by the Police Department, and found to be in violation of any of the City parking ordinances, will be subject to towing or immobilized by the use of an auto boot. The vehicle will not be released to the owner or agent of the owner until the violations and tow charges are paid.
(c) 
It will be prima facie evidence that the registered owner of the vehicle committed the parking violation.
(d) 
The maximum fee that may be charged by a towing company for a vehicle requested to be towed by the Police Department will be at the direction of the Chief of Police.
[Ord. No. 2001.21, 3-20-2001]
The Biddeford School Committee shall by resolve, designate parking areas that are in or on the property owned by the City, and under the jurisdiction and control of the Biddeford School Department, as "No Parking" or "No Parking Tow Zone" or "Parking by Permit Only" or "Restricted Parking" or any other similar restriction so imposed, and deemed necessary for the control of vehicle parking on school grounds. All areas so designated must be clearly marked and posted, and shall be enforced by the Police Department in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. Violators are subject to fines in accordance with Section 42-64.
[Added 8-5-2014 by Ord. No. 2014.70]
In order to assure that the residents of the City shall have access to the beaches of Biddeford, that those beaches and the adjacent areas shall not become overcrowded, and in order to preserve the health and safety of the beach areas for the residents of those parts of the City, it is established that:
(1) 
Parking at those areas designated by Subsection (9) during the period from June 15 to Labor Day and between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. shall be by permit only. There shall be no parking in the aforementioned areas after 9:00 p.m. and until 5:00 a.m.
(2) 
For the purpose of this section, the word "resident" shall meet one of the following criteria:
(a) 
Person who pays real estate property taxes to the City;
(b) 
Person who is a registered voter in the City;
(c) 
Person who can provide a vehicle registered both in the City and the State of Maine. All residents of the City may obtain parking permits for compliance with this section for a fee of $28 for the first vehicle, $15 per additional vehicle registered at the same address, $15 for residents 65 and older, payable to the City Clerk. Proof of eligibility will be the burden of the applicant.
[Amended 12-2-2014 by Ord. No. 2014.114; 6-6-2017 by Ord. No. 2017.53; 7-2-2019 by Ord. No. 2019.64]
(3) 
Persons ineligible under Subsection (2) may obtain a parking permit to be in compliance with this section for a fee of $153 for a season permit; $79 for a seven-day permit; $46 for a three-day permit; and $22 for a one-day permit from either the office of the City Clerk or from parking kiosks. The seven-day and three-day permits are valid in consecutive days only, and are not transferable from one vehicle to another.
[Amended 6-6-2017 by Ord. No. 2017.53; 9-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.104; 7-2-2019 by Ord. No. 2019.64]
(4) 
For residents, after presenting the registration of the vehicle upon which the permit is to be applied, permits issued under this section shall be recorded and shall be registered by the owner's name and vehicle registration plate number. These permits shall read in part, "All Parking At Your Own Risk."
Season permits shall be valid from June 15 to Labor Day; seven-day and three-day permits shall be valid only for the consecutive dates specified on the permits.
[Amended 9-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.104]
(5) 
The form of permit to be displayed shall be the license plate referenced on the valid vehicle registration, appropriately recorded during the permitting process, and properly attached to the vehicle.
[Amended 9-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.104]
(6) 
Permits obtained by fraudulent means are invalid. Invalidation of a permit sticker may lead to further liability as provided by this section.
[Amended 9-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.104]
(7) 
Violations of the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of $50 for each separate offense. Failure to obtain a permit and illegal parking are separate offenses. Vehicles illegally parked will be towed at the owner's expense.
[Amended 9-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.104]
(8) 
No vehicle shall be eligible for a parking permit under this section if that vehicle is greater than seven feet in height and/or 20 feet in length. The length of a vehicle shall include any attached appurtenances such as trailers. Permits issued under this section shall apply to motorized vehicles only.
[Amended 9-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.104]
(9) 
Those areas of the City of Biddeford to be restricted by this section are as follows:
[Amended 4-18-2017 by Ord. No. 2017.29; 9-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018.104]
(a) 
Biddeford Pool Bathhouse Parking Lot (Gilbert Boucher Memorial Park): On the lower portion of the parking lot, parking is restricted for holders of resident parking permits only from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon; anyone holding a nonresident permit is permitted to park at those locations after 12:00 noon. The holders of resident or nonresident parking permits may park in the upper portion of the parking lot during those times that a beach permit is required.
(b) 
Middle Beach Lot (across from Bridge Road): Parking is restricted for holders of resident parking permits only from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon; anyone holding a nonresident permit is permitted to park at those locations after 12:00 noon.
(c) 
Curbside parking on Fortunes Rocks Road along Etherington's Pond as follows:
1. Ocean side: westerly from a point 50 feet westerly of pole J30 to a point 20 feet westerly of pole J37.
(10) 
Persons renting seasonal sites at a tent and trailer park shall be considered nonresidents.