[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Trenton 9-7-1967 as § 5-9 of the Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purposes of this chapter, whenever any of the following words, terms or definitions are used herein, they shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section:
- Concerned with business activity involving the purchasing, selling or exchanging of goods, products or property.
- See "parking lot."
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- Any vehicle which is self-propelled.
- Any person conducting the operation of a parking lot or garage, as defined by this chapter, or receiving the consideration for parking or storage of motor vehicles at such parking place.
- PARKING LOT or GARAGE
- Any building, structure, premises, enclosure or other place, whether enclosed or not, except a public way, within the City where two or more motor vehicles are stored, housed or parked for hire, charge, fee or other valuable consideration in a condition ready for use, or where rent or compensation is paid to the owner, manager or lessee of the premises for the housing, storing, sheltering, keeping or maintaining such motor vehicles; provided, however, that such terms shall not include residential parking provided for single-family homes or multiple-family dwelling units wherein an arrangement for such parking is provided on a rental basis for off-street parking, the consideration therefor being set forth in the house or apartment lease or in a separate writing between the landlord and tenant, whether the parking charge is payable to the landlord or to the operator of the parking lot or garage.
- Any natural person, trustee, court-appointed representative, syndicate, association, partnership, firm, club, company, corporation, business trust, institution, agency, government corporation, municipal corporation, district or other political subdivision, contractor, supplier, vendor, vendee, operator, user or owner, or any officers, agents, employees or other representative, acting either for himself/herself or for any other person in any capacity, or any other entity recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties.
- Open to all; not limited or restricted to any particular class of the community.
License required. Every public and commercial parking facility shall obtain a business license and register with the City Clerk's office.
Information to be included. Every license shall include in its registration the number and location of each parking space and the entrance and exit locations.
Term of license. The license fee shall be effective for a calendar year. A calendar year is January 1 through December 31.
Designation. Every public and commercial parking facility shall have parking spaces designated by lines or markings. No person shall park any vehicle in any unmarked area of a parking facility.
Maximum number of spaces. Every parking facility shall conspicuously display the maximum number of designated spaces that its facility can accommodate.
Fee imposed. Every public and commercial parking facility shall pay a license fee. There is hereby levied and imposed upon the use and privilege of parking a motor vehicle in or upon any parking lot or garage in the City a fee of $10 for each designated parking space. The ultimate incidence of and liability for payment of such fee is to be borne by the operator of the parking facility.
Nonpayment of fee on due date. Whenever the license fee required to be paid is not paid on or before the date on which it becomes due, as herein provided, a penalty shall be imposed. A penalty at the rate of 7% will be imposed for nonpayment as of January 1 through January 31. Thereafter, an additional 1.5% will be imposed for each delinquent calendar month.
Exceptions. The fee herein levied shall not apply to residential off-street parking for house or apartment tenants, wherein an arrangement for such tenant parking is provided in the house or apartment lease or in a separate writing between landlord and tenant, whether the parking charge is payable to the landlord or to the operator of the parking lot or garage.
All proceeds resulting from the imposition of the fees under this chapter, including penalties, shall be paid into the treasury of the City of Trenton.
If any public or commercial parking facility engaged in the business of parking, garaging or storing motor vehicles fails or refuses to pay the annual fee when required herein, the City Clerk is authorized to determine the amount of the fee and, by mail, notify the business of the amount determined. The amount so fixed shall thereupon become the amount due and shall be immediately payable. For the purposes of determining the amount of the fee due, the City Clerk shall have access to all of the books, records and any and all papers and documents necessary. It is unlawful for any person to prevent, hinder or interfere with the City Clerk or his/her duly authorized representatives in the discharge of their duties in the enforcement of this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person to refuse the City Clerk or his/her duly authorized agents free access thereof at all reasonable times.
It shall be the duty of the officers and members of the Police Department of the City to enforce the provisions of this chapter. In addition, the City's license inspector and parking meter collectors shall have the duty and authority to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
The City Clerk and his/her duly authorized agents shall have access to public and commercial parking facilities to inspect the premises to ensure compliance with this chapter. It is unlawful for any person to prevent, hinder or interfere with the City Clerk or his/her duly authorized representatives in the discharge of his/her duties in the enforcement of this chapter.