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Parking on Front Lawns Now Prohibited

March 31, 2004

On April 1, 2004, the City ordinance banning parking on front lawns becomes effective. The law prohibits parking in front and side yards of corner lots, except on improved driveways or parking pads.

The ordinance applies to single family detached, duplex, triplex and quadraplex dwelling units. Exceptions to the ordinance will apply when no parking is allowed on adjacent streets and the principal dwelling is less than 20 feet from the abutting street or the lot width is less than 25 feet. Additionally, special family events or social gatherings occurring no more than once a week will be exempted from the ordinance.

The ordinance carries a $25 fine with possible vehicle towing. The City will impose fines beginning May 1, 2004. Warning tickets will be issued during the month of April. Violations should be reported to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Customer Service Center at 704-336-7600. The response time is up to three working days. DO NOT report violations to 911.

During the November 2001 Neighborhood Summit and the 2002 Neighborhood Symposium, residents shared concerns about the long-term impact of cars parked on front lawns in their communities. These concerns were included in the City's vision for the development of model neighborhood standards.

The desire for an ordinance was included as an indicator of model neighborhood status within the Model Neighborhood Standards at a Glance publication adopted by City Council in December 2002. The ordinance supports the City's model vision of a clean and nuisance-free environment for all Charlotte neighborhoods.

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