More and more events are happening in the Queen City, but there are fewer and fewer places to park. Some drivers are finding it difficult to know just where to park to avoid getting a ticket or getting towed.
I know firsthand the challenges of parking in uptown Charlotte. The signage could be confusing. While it’s okay to park on some streets during the work week, but there are some exceptions to even those. For example, during the week, drivers can park on some streets for a fee and in that space up to a certain time.
And there is always the issue of parking in areas that don’t offer paid parking, like a nearby park or neighborhood. There you may be forced to park on someone’s lawn or in an empty field. So therein lies the question. Is it even legal to park on someone’s lawn or an empty field? Where can you park when there’s little or no parking? Better yet, where CAN’T you park in Charlotte?
I did a little homework to find out the answer.
- In a metered space without paying.
- In front of or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
- Within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station.
- In a fire lane.
- In front of a public or private driveway.
- On a sidewalk or crosswalk.
- On a bridge.
- On a median.
Drivers who park their cars illegally could receive citations with fines ranging from $25-$100 depending on the infraction, according to the City of Charlotte website.
Source: Charlotte City Code, Charlotte Observer