City of Rochester, NY
Monroe County
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[Adopted 3-25-1947; amended in its entirety 6-15-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-195[1]]
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 7-1-2010.
For the purpose of this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated in this section:
PARKING METER
A device mechanically capable, when properly operated, of recording the length of time a vehicle remains legally parked in an adjacent parking space and displaying a signal when such vehicle remains parked beyond the legal limit.
PARKING SPACE
A portion of ground, within a parking station, sufficient to accommodate a vehicle when the same is parked and which said portion of ground has been marked by logs or paint as a parking space.
PARKING STATION
A portion of ground owned by or leased to the City of Rochester and set apart by the Council or the Parking Director for the purpose of parking vehicles.
PARKING TAG
A weekly or monthly tag issued by the City of Rochester that permits legal parking within the period and times specified thereon, in designated parking stations, upon payment of the prescribed fees.
PAYSTATION
A mechanical device which dispenses receipts that permit legal parking for a designated period of time in parking spaces in designated parking stations, upon payment of the prescribed fees.
VEHICLE
Every device in, upon or by which a person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway.
Classification of parking stations shall be determined by the Parking Director, with the approval of the Mayor, provided that no determination or change in such determination shall be effective until the same has been communicated to the City Council by means of a formal communication. Parking stations may be classified as fee-paying stations, stations for parking by City vehicles and authorized City officials and employees conducting City business and neighborhood residential parking lots or neighborhood commercial parking lots wherein parking may be restricted to residents or for businesses included in the special assessment district. The Parking Director, with the approval of the Mayor, may establish regulations governing the use of parking stations, which regulations may include restrictions upon the length of time a vehicle may be parked in a parking station and which may limit the persons authorized to park in each parking station in accordance with the station classification.
All lands heretofore designated as parking stations shall be described in Schedule B on file with the Traffic Control Board. The Parking Director, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to designate new parking stations and add them to Schedule B, provided that such designations shall be communicated to the City Council by means of a formal communication.
Each parking meter or paystation shall indicate by signs or letters conspicuously displayed within each parking station the maximum length of time during which a vehicle may be legally parked, upon payment of the fee prescribed, the fee for such parking and instructions as to the operation of said payment devices.
A. 
The Parking Director shall approve the fees for parking in parking stations.
B. 
Except for parking lots at the Port of Rochester, and at Durand Eastman Beach on Sundays when a fee is charged, the provisions of this section shall not apply to the use of parking areas in any parking station between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., on Sundays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and during such hours indicating that said parking areas may be used without charge.
[Amended 5-24-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-136]
C. 
Permits for parking shall be issued the City of Rochester in lieu of mechanical operations, in designated parking stations, upon payment of the prescribed fees. The period of use, instructions for proper display and restrictions shall be displayed on the parking tag. Parking tags will be valid for legal parking only in the parking station indicated thereon. Vehicles parked under such permits shall be securely locked.
Upon compliance by the owner or operator of a vehicle with all the requirements in this article contained, an individual parking space in a City parking station may be lawfully occupied by such vehicle for not to exceed the maximum period of parking time prescribed and designated for the respective class of stations. Before or upon the expiration of the period for which payment has been made, it shall be the duty of the owner or operator of such vehicle to remove the same from such parking space in any parking station, and it shall be a violation of the article to allow said vehicle to remain there longer than the time for which payment has been made.
Any vehicle found parked overtime in any parking station, or in violation of any of the provisions of this article, may be removed, towed or conveyed by or at the direction of a member of the Rochester Police Department to any vehicle pound, and such removal shall be deemed the abatement of a nuisance and at the risk of the owner. Such owner or person entitled to possession of the vehicle so removed and stored may redeem the same by the payment of the redemption and storage fees established in § 111-72 to the Chief of Police. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit a police officer or other person authorized to issue parking violation tickets from affixing to a vehicle to be removed a parking violation ticket.
The Parking Director shall take necessary and proper steps to collect all deposits in parking meters or paystations in parking stations.
A. 
No person shall park a vehicle or allow a vehicle to be parked in a parking station without immediately paying through use of the parking meter or paystation the amount prescribed for use of the specific parking space for the period for which he or she wishes to park.
B. 
No person shall park a vehicle overtime in any parking station or in violation of the provisions of this article.
C. 
No person shall park a vehicle so that any part of said vehicle extends beyond the boundaries of an individual parking space in a parking station, as indicated by markings or logs separating such individual parking spaces.
D. 
No person shall deposit in any parking meter or paystation any slug, device or substitute for a coin of the United States of America, or unauthorized or invalid bank card, or deface, injure, damage, tamper with, break, destroy or impair the usefulness of any parking meter or paystation installed under the provisions of this article, nor shall any person assist or participate in any such act.
E. 
No person shall park a vehicle which does not bear a current state license plate in any such parking station.
F. 
No vehicle exceeding 20 feet in length shall be parked in any parking space in a parking station.
G. 
No vehicle shall be parked perpendicular to the designated lines in any parking station.
H. 
No vehicle in excess of seven feet in width shall be parked in a parking station unless it is parked in two contiguous parking spaces in such a manner as to provide adequate clearance for vehicles using adjacent parking spaces and the person so parking such vehicle shall have paid for parking in each of said spaces.
I. 
No person shall park a vehicle in any parking space in said parking stations for the purpose of advertising.
J. 
No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in a parking space designated for handicapped parking unless the vehicle bears a valid parking permit for handicapped persons or a special motor vehicle registration for vehicles owned by severely disabled persons and such vehicle is being used for the transportation of a severely disabled or handicapped person.
K. 
No person shall park a vehicle in a parking space designated for parking for authorized vehicles only without displaying on said vehicle the proper authorization, nor shall any person park a vehicle in a parking station in violation of a regulation established for such parking station by the Parking Director, provided that a sign is placed in such parking station informing parkers of such regulation.
[Amended 5-24-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-136]
The City Treasurer shall deposit the receipts received under and by virtue of the provisions of this article in the parking fund to be used for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining parking fee collection devices, administration and enforcement of the provisions of this Code relating to traffic and the maintenance, upkeep, improvement and repair of parking stations and for traffic control. This section shall not apply to receipts from parking lots at the Port of Rochester and Durand Eastman Beach, which receipts shall be deposited in the general fund.
[Amended 5-24-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-136; 6-18-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-167; 8-21-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-253]
The following rates are established for parking in parking stations where the Parking Director does not establish a set fee:
Minutes
2
3
8
15
30
60
120
180
600
Cost
$0.05
$0.10
$0.25
$0.50
$1.00
$2.00
$4.00
$6.00
$20.00