[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of North Andover as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Designated parking spaces for vehicles owned and operated by disabled veterans or by handicapped persons and bearing the distinctive number plates authorized by MGL c. 90, § 2 shall be provided in public and private off-street parking areas in accordance with this article.
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 of 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 authorized by MGL c. 90, § 2, 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 the 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, 1% of such spaces but not fewer than 15; more than 2,000 but fewer than 5,000, 3/4 of 1% of such spaces but not fewer than 20; and more than 5,000, 1/2 of 1% of such spaces but not fewer than 30.
Parking spaces designated as reserved under the provisions of § 180-2 shall be identified by the use of abovegrade signs with white lettering against a blue background and shall bear the words "Handicapped Parking: Special Plate Required. Unauthorized Vehicles May be Removed at Owner's Expense"; 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; and shall be 12 feet wide or two eight-foot-wide areas with four feet of cross hatch between them.
Any owner of a place to which the public has a right of access as licensees or invitees shall provide, install and maintain "Handicapped Parking" signs and pavement markings as set forth in § 180-3.