On-Street Parking

By . May 4, 2016Security

On-street parking will always be a contentious issue in our tightly packed urban community. Below is a summary of common parking violations and possible options available to combat unwanted nonresident parking. For more information:Parking Enforcement on the Dallas Police website or call 3-1-1.

On-Street Parking Violations

  • Blocking driveway access
  • Parking on the wrong side of the street (facing on-coming traffic)
  • Parked for over 24 hours in one place
  • Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
  • Not in approved parking space (no parking zone, parking on lawn or unapproved surface)
  • Junk vehicles (a vehicle that is inoperable)
  • Oversized vehicles – truck-tractor, semi-trailer, bus, trailer or truck over one and one-half tons

You can call 3-1-1 to report parking violations 24/7. They will ask for the following information:

  1. Type of parking violation,
  2. Location of violation,
  3. License plate # of vehicle,
  4. Description of vehicle.

“No Parking” Signs

By City of Dallas ordinance, “No Parking” signs are handled on a petition basis. In a residential area, citizens must have a petition signed by 80% of affected citizens in the same block, on the same side of the street, with 51% being in favor of the change. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee and a fee of $25 per sign installed/removed. For more information: Transportation Engineering 214-670-3260.

“Residential Parking Only” Zones (Dallas Code 28-121.12)

This is a method that has been used successfully in the Lower Greenville area to help control parking from surrounding bars and restaurants. A residential parking only program establishes zones to restrict on-street parking during certain hours and days, and allows only those vehicles displaying a parking permit (rear view mirror hang tag) to park within the zone. Any vehicle parked in the zone without a permit, during restricted hours and days, can be ticketed, towed, or immobilized.

An area may qualify to become an RPO zone by submitting a petition signed by two-thirds of the property owners or residents indicating their desire for the RPO program and a $50 application fee. City staff will conduct a field survey to determine if more than 60% of the available parking spaces are in use and 20% is non-residential parking during the requested days and hours. If a zone qualifies, the residents will bear all costs of sign fabrication and installation ($42 each). Each resident or business can purchase a maximum of six hang tags. Hang tags cost $6 plus tax per year. For more information: http://www.barkingdogs.org/news/node/129

On-Street Parking by Residents

In Bryan Place, we have to be particularly careful parking our cars in the street due to our narrow streets and high density. We want to insure fire trucks and ambulances can access our neighborhood during an emergency. Please park as close to the outer edge of the street as possible, on the correct side of the road and try to stagger your parked car with the vehicles parked on the other side of the street.