City of Erie, PA
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CROSS REFERENCES
Power to acquire land for parking — See 3rd Class § 2403(54)(53 P. S. § 37403 (54)).
Power to establish zones — See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 6109(a)(1).
Prohibitions in specified places — See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3353.
Parallel and angle parking — See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3354.
Erie Parking Authority — See ADM. Art. 182.
Disabled person may park free — See TRAF. 525.01.
Parking bicycle against meter prohibited — See TRAF. 533.05(n).
[Ord. 7-1965 § 101, passed 2-3-1965]
This article shall be known as the City of Erie Parking Meter Code.
[Ord. 7-1965 § 201, passed 2-3-1965]
The purpose of this article is to provide for the regulation and control of motor vehicles parked on the streets of the City in the hereinafter defined traffic congested areas, and in the off-street parking facilities established by The Erie Parking Authority; to establish time limits for parking on streets in the traffic congested areas, which time limits shall be governed by parking meters; to establish rates and use of the off-street parking facilities established by The Erie Parking Authority, and to provide for penalties for the violation of the rules and regulations of the Parking Meter Code.
[Ord. 7-1965 § 301, passed 2-3-1965]
As used in this article, the following words shall be defined as follows:
(a) 
VEHICLE — Any device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported upon a public highway, except such as are used exclusively by human power.
(b) 
PARKING — The standing of a vehicle, except a police or fire vehicle, or ambulance, whether occupied or not, upon a highway, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading, or in obedience to traffic regulations or traffic signs or signals.
(c) 
PARKING METER — A mechanical device which shall indicate thereon the length of time during which a vehicle may be parked in a particular place or space, which shall have as a part thereof a receptacle or chamber for receiving and storing coins of United States money, a slot or place in which such coins may be deposited, a timing mechanism to indicate the passage of the interval of time during which parking is permissible and which shall also display an appropriate signal when the aforesaid interval of time has elapsed, and which device shall contain on the outside thereof brief instructions as to its operation and a schedule of parking meter rates and time of operation.
(d) 
OFF-STREET PARKING FACILITIES — The areas of land in the City acquired by The Erie Parking Authority, which areas are improved, paved, lighted and marked off into individual parking spaces and equipped with parking meters or attendants and used for parking of vehicles.
(e) 
ON-STREET PARKING SPACES — A portion of the right of way or street sufficient to accommodate a parked vehicle as the same shall be designated by the appropriate police official.
(f) 
OFF-STREET PARKING SPACE — A portion of an off-street parking facility designated and marked off by The Erie Parking Authority to accommodate a parked vehicle.
[Ord. 7-1965 § 401, passed 2-3-1965; Ord. 46-1978 § 1, passed 10-11-1978]
For the purpose of this article, the congested traffic areas in the City are hereby declared to be as follows:
The east and west sides of State Street from the public dock to 26th Street.
The east and west sides of French Street from 1st Street to 26th Street.
The east and west sides of Holland Street from 2nd Street to 14th Street.
The east and west sides of Parade Street from 2nd Street to 28th Street.
The east and west sides of Peach Street from 2nd Street to 26th Street.
The east and west sides of Sassafras Street from 5th Street to 26th Street.
The east and west sides of Myrtle Street from 6th Street to 12th Street.
The east and west sides of Chestnut Street from 6th Street to 12th Street.
The east and west sides of Walnut Street from 6th Street to 12th Street.
Both sides of North and South Perry Square.
The east and west sides of Turnpike Street from State Street to 14th Street.
The east and west sides of North and South Lanes of Griswold Plaza.
The north and south sides of 2nd Street from French Street to Peach Street.
The north and south sides of 4th Street from Parade Street to Cherry Street.
The north and south sides of 5th Street from Parade Street to Cherry Street.
The north and south sides of 6th Street from Parade Street to Cherry Street.
The north and south sides of 7th Street from Parade Street to Cherry Street.
The north and south sides of 8th Street from Parade Street to Cherry Street.
The north and south sides of 9th Street from Parade Street to Cherry Street.
The north and south sides of 10th Street from Parade Street to Cherry Street.
The north and south sides of 11th Street from Parade Street to Cherry Street.
The north and south sides of 12th Street from Parade Street to Cherry Street.
The north and south sides of 14th Street from Holland Street to Sassafras Street.
The north and south sides of 13th Street from Holland Street to Sassafras Street.
The north and south sides of 16th Street from Holland Street to State Street.
The north and south sides of 17th Street from Holland Street to State Street.
The north and south sides of 18th Street from Parade Street to Liberty Street.
The north and south sides of 25th Street between Sassafras and Myrtle Street.
The north and south sides of 24th Street between Sassafras and Myrtle Street.
The east and west side of Myrtle Street from 24th Street to 25th Street.
The south side of West 10th Street between State and Peach Streets.
The north side of West 10th Street between Peach and Sassafras Streets.
The north side of West 8th Street between Peach and Sassafras Streets.
The north side of East 8th Street between State and French Streets.
[Ord. 7-1965 § 402, passed 2-3-1965]
Because of the flow of traffic and density thereof on the streets or portions of the streets set forth in Section 523.04, parking thereon shall now and hereafter be subject to the provisions of this article.
[Ord. 7-1965, § 501-503, passed 2-3-1965]
(a) 
The appropriate police official of the City is hereby authorized and directed to designate and mark off spaces as he deems proper along the streets in the congested traffic areas for the parking of vehicles. At each place where an individual parking space is so marked off, each vehicle shall be parked entirely within such individual space.
(b) 
The appropriate police official of the City is further authorized and directed to remove, vacate, alter or change such individual on-street parking spaces from time to time as circumstances and conditions of traffic flow and congestion may require.
(c) 
Council herewith adopts as the individual on-street parking spaces in the traffic congested areas such individual on-street parking spaces as are now or may hereafter be marked or designated by the appropriate police official of the City.
[Ord. 6-2009, passed 2-18-2009; Ord. 7-2018, passed 3-7-2018]
For the purpose of this article, the off-street parking facilities that shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this article shall be the following sites which are more particularly bounded and described as follows:
Site A
North side of West 11th Street, between State and Peach Streets
Site B
Repealed by Ordinance 17-1971, passed March 10, 1971
Site C
West 11th Street between Peach and Sassafras Streets
Site D
West 8th Street to West 9th Street between Peach and Sassafras Streets, consisting of two parking garages
Site E
SW corner of 10th and French Streets
Site F
EDITOR'S NOTE: Repealed by Ordinance 7-2018
Site G
EDITOR'S NOTE: Repealed by Ordinance 7-2018
Site H
SW corner of East 11th and French Streets
Site I
EDITOR'S NOTE: Repealed by Ordinance 7-2018
Site K
St. Vincent Hospital
Site L
EDITOR'S NOTE: Repealed by Ordinance 7-2018
Site M
Hamot Hospital, consisting of two parking garages, a surface lot between 2nd and 3rd Street and abutting the east side of French Street; and a surface lot between State and French on the south side of 3rd Street
Site N
West 11th Street between State and Peach Streets
Site O
NE corner of West 13th and Peach Streets
Site O
NE corner of West 8th and Peach Streets
Site R
East side of Parade Street between East 26th and East 27th Streets.
Airport Site
All that parcel of land located on the north side of the front drive of the Terminal Building of the Erie International Airport enclosed by the in and out exit drives of the Terminal Building and situated parallel to the front of the building and comprising a paved strip 373 feet, more or less, east and west, by 71 feet, north and south, measured from the existing north drive curb, such area containing 26,483 square feet, more or less
Convention Center Hotel Site. The South Side of West Bay Drive.
[Ord. 7-1965 § 602, passed 2-3-1965]
Because of the congested traffic condition on the streets of the City in the vicinity of and abutting the foregoing off-street parking facilities, parking in and about such off-street parking facilities shall be subject to the provisions of this article.
[Ord. 7-1965 § 701, 702, passed 2-3-1965]
The individual parking spaces that have been set out and marked off in the off-street parking facilities shall be done by The Erie Parking Authority, and designation of such individual parking spaces which may be done in the future on such off-street parking facilities shall be done by the same body.
Council does hereby adopt and approve as off-street parking spaces the individual spaces as are now or may hereafter be marked off and designated in the foregoing off-street parking facilities by The Erie Parking Authority.
[Ord. 7-1965 § 801, passed 2-3-1965]
The Erie Parking Authority is hereby authorized and directed to place, install, maintain and remove, if necessary, parking meters along the curb side or in the immediate vicinity of individual on-street parking spaces designated and marked off by the appropriate police official of the City. Such parking meters shall be devices as defined in Section 523.03 and such parking meters shall be under the management, supervision and control of The Erie Parking Authority.
[Ord. 7-1965 § 901, passed 2-3-1965]
Vehicles parking in the off-street parking facilities shall park with the front wheels of such vehicles against the parking island curb. Parking in such off-street parking facilities in any other manner, or with the back wheels of the vehicles against the parking island curb, shall be a violation of this article.
[Ord. 7-2018, passed 3-7-2018]
Whenever a vehicle shall be parked in an individual parking space on-street or off-street, where a parking meter has been installed, the person parking such vehicle shall deposit acceptable currency or electronic payment of United States money in such parking meter for the time desired by such person.
[Ord. 7-2018, passed 3-7-2018]
No person shall permit a vehicle to remain in any individual on-street or off-street parking space adjacent to a parking meter while such meter is displaying a signal indicating that the vehicle occupying such space has been parked beyond the period of time prescribed for such parking space. If a parking space is controlled by a multi spaced payment machine then in such event no person shall permit a vehicle to remain in such on-street or off-street parking space after the time allotted and paid for at the multi purpose payment machine.
[Ord. 7-1965 § 1005, passed 2-3-1965]
No person shall cause, allow, permit or suffer any motor vehicle owned or operated by such person to be parked overtime or beyond the period of legal parking established for any individual on-street or off-street parking space and when the parking meter governing such space shows a red violation flag.
[Ord. 7-2018, passed 3-7-2018]
The provisions of this article relating to on-street parking spaces shall not apply to vehicles parking in such spaces between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. on Mondays through Saturdays, inclusive, nor shall the provisions of this article apply to the parking of vehicles in the traffic congested areas on Sundays, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.
[Ord. 17-1971 § 1, passed 3-10-1971]
The provisions of this article for the parking of vehicles in the individual off-street parking spaces, shall be in effect 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
[Ord. 7-2018, passed 3-7-2018]
(a) 
Any vehicle parked in violation of the provisions of this article in an on-street or off-street individual parking space shall be deemed illegally parked.
(b) 
The presence of a vehicle in an on-street or off-street parking space when the time signal on the meter shows a violation or the meter is malfunctioning for whatever reason, shall be deemed prima-facie evidence of the unlawful parking of such motor vehicle by its owner or operator.
[Ord. 7-1965 § 1201, passed 2-3-1965]
No person shall deface, injure, tamper with, open or willfully break, destroy or impair the usefulness of any parking meter or parking meter stand installed on the streets of the City or in any of the off-street parking facilities hereinbefore described.
[Ord. 7-2018, passed 3-7-2018]
No person shall deposit in any parking meter installed on an on-street or off-street parking facility any slug, device, plastic or metallic substance or substitute any substance of any nature or kind.
[Ord. 20-1974 § 1, passed 4-3-1974]
It shall be the duty of the deputized meter attendants in the employ of the Erie Parking Authority to enforce the parking provisions of this article, concurrently with officers of the Bureau of Police. Each of such meter attendants shall be deputized by the Mayor and shall remain so deputized during the term of his or her employment with the Erie Parking Authority.
[Ord. 7-2018, passed 3-7-2018; Ord. 64-2019, passed 10-16-2019]
(a) 
For each violation occurring in an individual on-street parking space, a meter attendant shall attach to such vehicle a notice to the owner or operator thereof that such vehicle has been parked in violation of this article. The fine for a violation occurring in an on-street parking space shall be $15 if paid within 10 days of the issuance of the parking ticket; $25 if the fine is paid between the 11th and 30th; $100 if paid between the 31st and 90th days; and $135 if paid on the 91st day or thereafter, after issuance of a parking ticket. The same shall be payable to the City of Erie or its agent. After expiration of three hours, parking of a vehicle in violation of this section shall constitute a separate parking violation.
(b) 
The payment as set forth in Subsection (a) hereof shall be effective as payment of the penalty for and in full satisfaction of any parking violation of this article.
(c) 
The fine for a violation occurring in an off-street metered parking place shall be $15 if paid within 10 days of the issuance of the parking ticket; $25 if paid between the 11th and 30th days; $100 if paid between the 31st and 90th days; and $135 if paid on the 91st day or thereafter. The same shall be payable to the City of Erie or its agent. After expiration of three hours, parking of a vehicle in violation of this section shall constitute a separate parking violation.
(d) 
Payment as set forth in Subsection (c) hereof shall be effective as payment of the penalty or penalties for and in full satisfaction for such parking violation of this article.
(e) 
Each and every notice of violation attached to any vehicle parked in violation of this article shall be considered a separate violation.
[Ord. 7-2018, passed 3-7-2018]
The off-street and on-street parking sites and the rates to be charged therefor, are established by the Board of Directors of the Erie Parking Authority.
[Ord. 43-1970 § 3, passed 7-8-1970; Ord. 16-1983 § 1, passed 3-9-1983; Ord. 1-2009, passed 1-7-2009]
(a) 
The Erie Regional Airport Authority is hereby authorized and empowered to exclusively exercise all of the powers and duties in regard to the airport site off-street parking facility, as has been heretofore conferred by this article upon the Erie Parking Authority relative to off-street parking facilities.
(b) 
The Erie Regional Airport Authority as agent for the City is hereby authorized and directed to tow vehicles illegally parked for 24 consecutive hours on property controlled by the City and operated by the Erie Regional Airport Authority. The Authority is hereby authorized and directed to perform all functions necessary and incidental for the removal of such vehicles in accordance with the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code and the ordinances of the City.
[Ord. 43-1970 § 4, passed 7-8-1970; Ord. 1-2009, passed 1-7-2009]
It shall be the duty exclusively of the deputized employees of the Erie Regional Airport Authority to enforce the parking provisions of this article in regard to the airport site off-street parking facility.
[Ord. 47-1977 § 1, passed 7-13-1977]
This Article 523 (Parking Meters) of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Erie, known as the City of Erie Parking Meter Code, as amended, is hereby confirmed and ratified in order that the provisions of the Parking Meter Code shall continue to be effective after the effective date of Act No. 81, known as the Motor Vehicle Code, to the extent permitted and necessitated by the passage of Act No. 81.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 523.26 was repealed by Ordinance 7-2018.
[Ord. 7-2018, passed 3-7-2018]
The Erie Parking Authority is hereby authorized to issue contractor parking permits to contractors doing work within the City which work permit allows them to park their vehicles in metered on street spaces for an annual fee which is established on a yearly basis by the Erie Parking Authority Board of Directors. The Erie Parking Authority shall issue a placard which shall be valid from June 1 of one year to May 31 of the succeeding year. Such placard shall be displayed clearly behind the front windshield of the vehicles of any such contractor and shall entitle such contractor who actually engaged in work at a specific site to park any necessary vehicle or vehicles at meter parking spaces free of charge during the duration of such work. Such fee shall be collected and retained by the Erie Parking Authority.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 523.99, Penalty, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 10-16-2019 by Ord. 64-2019.