Dear PoP – Temporary Street Parking on a No Parking Side of the Street Question

by Prince Of Petworth November 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm 7 Comments

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“Dear PoP,

I am preparing to have blown in insulation installed. The company informed me that they need to park either directly in front of the house or directly behind it. My house is on a two way street (P St) that only allows parking on the opposite side. As the street is very busy with buses (G2) and decent flow of cars, I called my police district office to see if I could get a temporary permit for the truck. MPD referred me to dc.gov and after speaking with someone in the permit office I was informed that they don’t override street signs. A manager is supposed to be calling me back to discuss options. I do not have alley access and am at a loss about what to do. Has anyone had to deal with a similar issue or have suggestions?”

Isn’t it possible to park in the alley behind the house, or that’s too far away from the actual house? Has anyone dealt with a situation like this before?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been trying to get a permit for weeks. DDOT permitting is useless. You’re lucky if they call you back or answer emails. Just have them park in the no-parking area and pay the ticket. This is our government at work.

  • joker

    How did you move in? Where did the moving truck go?

    What about having htem park on the sidewalk in front of your house? It will only be for a couple hours and if in the middle of the day, shouldn’t be a problem.

    If you (or they) don’t want to do that then you can get a public space permit to allow you to park in the street from DCRA, the same kind they allow for contruction dumpsters, but that will take some time to get.

  • Dittle

    It is kind of ridiculous, isn’t it? There should be automatic provisions if you can PROVE that you own the house and are having some work done. Any reasonable jurisdiction should make minor allowances like that for its tax paying citizens. However, I agree with anonymous who said just let them park there and pay the ticket. I guess that is the cost of doing business with the city.

  • JC

    The movers parked in front of the house for about 45 minutes before being told to move by the city (it was around 3 pm on a Friday). They ended up unloaded the rest into the front yard before moving their truck and bringing everything inside.

  • Tres

    It probably requires a special tow truck to tow the truck that provides this service, so I’d just let the ticketing agents get into a huff — tempered by a plate of piping hot cookies. Really, what are they going to do if you don’t move besides issue more tickets?

  • Leslie

    How odd. When I moved, I walked into my police precinct and ask for a temporary parking permit for the moving. I came prepared with leases/utility bills to prove my residence, but the officer didn’t even look at them. They basically looked at my ID (with the wrong state/address) and wrote my name in their book. I walked out wiht the signs. I posted the signs in a restricted parking area (not sure what difference it is with NO parking areas).

    They ask you to post the signs at least 72 hours before the temporary reserved parking space is needed.

    I hope you can avoid DC permit offices maybe if you claim your moving.

    If not, just make the truck park on the opposite side of hte street using the signs.

  • Jamie

    Since you can get a permit to close an entire street for things like block parties, why on earth couldn’t you get this sort of permit?

    If you did it on a weekend (which I would hope the contractor could accommodate) it would seem entirely reasonable.

    Call Jim Graham. This is the sort of thing he’s actually very useful for getting dealt with.


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