Town of Watertown, MA
Middlesex County
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[Ord. 15, passed 2-23-1999]
Any person or body who 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, including any other place where the public has a right of access as invites or licensees, shall reserve parking spaces in the off-street parking areas for any vehicle:
(A) 
Owned and operated by a disabled veteran or handicapped person whose vehicle bears the distinguishing registration plate or placard authorized by Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 90, § 2;
(B) 
Transporting a handicapped person and displaying the special identification plate or placard authorized by Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 90, § 2; or
(C) 
Bearing the official identification of a handicapped person issued by any other state, or any Canadian Province, according to the following formula:
Number of Parking Spaces
Handicapped Spaces Required
More than 15 but less than 25
1
More than 25 but less than 40
5% (but not less than 2)
More than 40 but less than 100
4% (but not less than 3)
More than 100 but less than 200
3% (but not less than 4)
More than 200 but less than 500
2% (but not less than 6)
More than 500 but less than 1,000
1-1/2% (but not less than 10)
More than 1,000 but less than 2,000
1% (but not less than 15)
More than 2,000 but less than 5,000
3/4% (but not less than 20)
More than 5,000
1/2% (but not less than 30)
[Ord. 15, passed 2-23-1999]
Parking spaces designated as reserved under the provisions of this subchapter shall be:
(A) 
Identified by the use of above grade 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".
(B) 
As near as possible to a building entrance or walkway;
(C) 
Adjacent to curb ramps or other unobstructed methods permitting sidewalk access to a handicapped person; and
(D) 
Twelve feet wide or two eight-foot wide areas with four feet of cross hatch between them.
[Ord. 15, passed 2-23-1999]
No unauthorized person shall leave a vehicle within a parking space which is designated for use by disabled veterans or handicapped persons as set forth in this subchapter, or in a manner as to obstruct a curb ramp designed for use by handicapped persons as a means of egress to a street or public way.
[Ord. 15, passed 2-23-1999]
Any vehicle which does not bear the distinguishing registration plate authorized by Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 90, § 2 for a vehicle transporting a handicapped person and displaying the special identification plate authorized by Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 90, § 2 or for a vehicle bearing the official identification of a handicapped person issued by any other state, or any Canadian Province, which is left within a parking space which is designated for use by disabled veterans or handicapped persons as set forth in this subchapter, or is left in a manner as to obstruct a curb ramp designed for use by handicapped persons as a means of egress to a street or public way, may be removed in accordance with the provisions of Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 266, § 120D.
[Ord. 15, passed 2-23-1999]
Parking violations of §§ 71.01 through 71.04 of this chapter may be enforced pursuant to the authority granted by Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 90, §§ 20A, 20A 1/2 20C, 20D and 20E as amended, or as set forth in § 36.05 of this code, except that a warning may not be issued for the first offense. Notwithstanding any provision of this section, the fine for each violation of the provisions of §§ 71.01 through 71.04 shall be $50 or as may be prescribed from time to time by the Traffic Commission.