Topic Tag: Parking
So DDOT has a new policy in 2017 that in order to obtain a Visitor Parking Pass (VPP), you need to have a valid DC driver’s license or ID card. It used to be that you entered your DC address, and you would receive the pass in the mail, no further identification required.
This new requirement troubles me. I don’t have a car myself, and yet I would need to change my permanent out-of-district driver’s license in order to have visitors. These are legitimate temporary visitors (e.g. housekeeper, my parents, friends) who would use the pass for a few hours at a time, but more than the maximum 2-hours noted on the signs in my Zone 1 neighborhood. (Note that even to get a DC ID card, you cannot have a driver’s license in any state).
I understand the previous system could be abused by drivers who live and/or work in DC, but their vehicles stay registered out-of-district and they use the VPP as a permanent parking pass.
But what about people like me?
Do people feel this is fair? Is there any other way to obtain a VPP that you know of? If I got a DC resident friend or neighbor to give me one (for the appropriate Zone#, of course), would I or they get fined somehow?
I have no parking signs for a moving truck next Tuesday, June 28. All this week, our street has had no parking signs for tree work, and that was supposed to run through the 24th. I went out there this morning, and all of the tree work signs now say it’s scheduled for the 27th-July 1.
I’ve tried calling the number on our permit multiple times and leave message after message, but I’m wondering if anyone knows what I can do. Can I just put up my signs along the others and keep a copy of the permit on the dash? Or does the tree work supersede everything.
Hoping someone can help out a temporary car owner with a very stupid/basic question about street parking in the city. Searched the forum but seems no one else had the same level of ignorance.
If there’s a street with no parking signs whatsoever, except the ones at the end of the block saying “no parking beyond this point,” can anyone park there indefinitely? Or is there an unspoken but ticketable rule about residents-only or street cleaning or anything else?
Any advice here is much appreciated.
My house in Shaw backs up to an alley, and then an apartment complex. They have a small parking lot, but apparently have too many cars and not enough spots, so they have created a parallel-type parking spot directly behind our backyard/parking area in the alleyway. This prevents us from using our own parking spot/backyard and also blocks in our car if it’s parked but we cannot get out. They are technically not blocking the alleyway, as other cars could squeeze by, but as it’s right behind us, we don’t have enough room to swing in and out.
When I reached out to them to complain, they said the alleyway is their property and that they won’t be moving this “new” spot.
I’m new to the DC parking scene – can I call the 311 ticketing number the next time it happens, or are they correct in that the alleyway is part of their property? Who owns/is responsible for the alleyways and side streets? It’s a large alleyway that connects all the way around to the main street, and multiple restaurants/bars use it for load in/out as well so it seems strange that it would be part of their property.
Any insight would be great!
I was parking in DuPont Circle with my zone 2 parking pass, and noticed an area for zone 2 parking, but there were parking meters in the spaces. The area is clearly for zone 2 parking, as there are two end signs that clarify that. Do I need to pay the parking meter if I park there? Or is the parking meter there for non-zone 2 holders? Seems like a very tricky setup. I shouldn’t have to pay a meter in a zone 2 permit holder area, but I don’t want to risk getting a ticket and having to fight it.
I live in Eckington and it seems overnight parking signage has changed. The zoned parking changed slightly (it was M-F until 8pm, now M-Sat until midnight), but the kicker was the addition of ‘no parking here to corner’ signs. It’s a one way street, and up until now we could park closer to the corner. I got a parking ticket, and ever since then I have seen the parking enforcement just waiting for more residents to do the same thing. Is there any policy from DDOT on notifying residents when parking rules change on your street, or am I SOL for not checking the sign on the street that I park on daily? Obviously, DDOT, DMV, and 311 were less than helpful in answering my question.
What are the easiest ways for a visitor to park overnight in the District? Are there any reasonably priced overnight garages? Are the metro parking garages in VA/MD safe for overnight parking? My apartment complex has visitor parking, but it is expensive and first-come-first-serve, so I’m hesitant to rely on this.
I also have a visitor parking pass, but worry about my guests being ticketed if they have not gone through the ROSA exemption process yet. Am I understanding correctly that DC parking enforcement does not ticket for the first sighting of an out-of-state vehicle? In that case, street parking may be a viable option. Does anyone have tips or tricks for overnight street parking?
Can anyone tell me what the rules are re: where you can park in relation to Emergency No Parking signs? I’ve been trying to find this online and inexplicably can’t find the answer on any DC govt websites.
I imagine the rule is that you can’t park in between the signs, which is why they give you a whole bunch to post, and which makes sense. I got a $50 ticket on Tuesday for parking about 8 feet away from the 3rd of 3 signs; there was a construction dumpster solidly in between those signs, which is what the permit was for. The ticket says “Signs Posted; Signs Clearly Posted” …. yes – 8 feet away. Someone else parked there within minutes of my leaving the space, too.
Just hoping someone can help me clarify whether I’m in the wrong here or whether there’s a rule I can cite in contesting the ticket!
I was surprised to see that the house at 1331 Park Road is beginning construction on a driveway which takes at least one of the all important neighborhood street parking spaces. I’ve written our ANC 1A chair Kent Boese and Council member Brianne Nadeau about intervening before it’s not too late.
I encourage others to do so as well since turning a yard into a parking lot at the expense of shared public space is a terrible president to set.
The curb cut itself is next to 3317 Holmead Place, an existing driveway into a parking lot.
My boyfriend and I are going out of the country for a week and were wondering if anyone has suggestions about where to park during that time as to avoid a street sweeping ticket. Are there any streets that do not have street sweeping? We have a Zone 2 parking sticker. If not, is there anywhere we can park for cheap for a week? Thank you!
I live on a small one-way street and my building is located next to an alley that many people misuse as a through-way to get around traffic (it connects two different streets). Occasionally when I rent a Zipcar for a long trip, I put on hazards while loading the car and leave it in the alley for 3-5 minutes blocking one of the alley entrances. I was told by someone trying to use the alley that I should have double parked in the street, not blocked the alley entrance. Can anyone advise? My thinking was that blocking one entrance to an alley was more considerate to neighbors than blocking off an entire street since there isn’t room to double park on a one-way, but I’m curious as to the best way to handle the situation in the future.
I’m looking to commute to work by motorcycle a few days a week. I’ve asked about daily, occasional and monthly spots in a couple garages, but so far everyone wants me to pay as much to park a (small) motorcycle as a car.
Anyone have any leads on MC friendly garages in the area?
I’ve been living in DC for the past two years, but didn’t have a car until the past few weeks after my commute changed. (I’m currently in Columbia Heights.) I’m not familiar with what DOT has tried to reduce parking congestion (other than discouraging vehicle ownership), but I thought residential areas could benefit from this idea that I haven’t seen discussed here.
Most of the time, when I’m looking for a spot, I’ll notice that cars are poorly spaced. Often, enough so that one could fit 2-3 additional cars on a block if the cars were properly spaced.
I’d propose that DC paint lines or even short markers (~ft long) from the sidewalk out to mark parking spots sized appropriately for a normal length vehicle like this:
Most people will try to fit somewhat in the lines, which would help to reduce the likelihood that one or two poorly spaced cars eliminate spots.
Anyone have any thoughts or criticisms of the idea?
I recently moved into a building near U st, and I parked both my motorcycle and my car within my parking spot, and neither vehicle extended beyond my own spot. I was told by the building manager that I could only have one vehicle as per the Order of the Fire Marshal. I’ve looked up the DC Fire Code, and I haven’t found anything. Does anybody know whether or not it is actually legal, or just the condo association trying to make more money as usual?
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