No Parking on Front Lawns
Charlotte City Council adopted an ordinance
prohibiting vehicle parking on front lawns. The following questions and answers
help explain the ordinance and how it will be enforced.
What does the ordinance prohibit?
This ordinance bans parking in front yards and in side yards
of corner lots, except on improved driveways or parking pads.
Where does the ordinance apply?
The ordinance applies to single family detached, duplex,
triplex and quadraplex dwelling units.
What is the purpose of the ordinance?
The ordinance supports the City's model vision of a clean
and nuisance free environment for all Charlotte neighborhoods.
Are there exceptions to the ordinance?
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 event or social gatherings occurring no more than once a week
will be exempted from the ordinance.
What is the background of the ordinance?
Residents shared concerns about the long-term impact of cars
parked on front lawns in their communities during the November 2001
Neighborhood Summit and the 2002 Neighborhood Symposium.. 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.
What is the effective date of the ordinance?
The ordinance becomes effective April 1, 2004.
What is the penalty for violating the ordinance?
The ordinance carries a $25 fine with possible vehicle towing.
Fines will be imposed beginning May 1, 2004. Warning tickets will be issued
during the month of April.
Who do I call to report a violation?
Violations should be reported to the City/County Customer
Service Center at 704-336-7600. DO NOT report violations to 911.
What is the expected response time once violation is
The response time is up to three (3) working days.