In the City of St. Bernard, parking regulations are enforced and tickets are only issued by police officers.
The fine for most parking violations is $35. If not paid by the set court date, warrants will be issued for the violators arrest. Violation of handicap parking is $250. Failure to pay a parking ticket may result in SUSPENSION of your operator’s license.
Signs and Markings
REMEMBER – NOT ALL RESTRICTIONS WILL OR CAN BE SIGNED
Watch carefully for signs and markings that prohibit or restrict parking. Check up and down the street several car lengths because signs can’t be everywhere.
- Against sign restrictions
- In yellow painted curb areas
- Across parking stall lines
- In excess of time limits
You may contact the police department to request temporary permission to park in violation of restrictions for disabled vehicles and/or special circumstances. This will often be granted for short periods if the vehicle does not create a hazard. You must call for permission right away, tickets will not be excused after the fact!
Excusing a Parking Ticket
IN GENERAL – THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT EXCUSE A PARKING TICKET
If you feel that you received a parking ticket in error, you may contact the police department with your questions. In general however, the police department will not excuse a parking ticket. Common excuses include: I didn’t see the sign – I wasn’t aware of the restrictions – I had car trouble – I was in a hurry – I couldn’t find another spot – I didn’t have time to call for permission – I’ve parked in that spot for years – etc. These will not result in a ticket being excused.
Contesting a Parking Ticket in Court
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONTEST A PARKING TICKET IN COURT
You have the right to contest a parking ticket. Cases are heard in the St. Bernard Mayor’s Court before a Magistrate. To contest a ticket, simply show in court on the date listed on your citation. Court costs of $40 will be added which must be paid at the time of court if you are found guilty of the violation. A parking ticket is an allegation that the vehicle was parked in violation of the law.
SPECIAL PARKING RESTRICTIONS
The City of St. Bernard supports the American with Disabilities Act. Handicapped parking is marked both by signs and marked stalls in the municipal lots and we have signs on residential streets for handicapped residents. Please observe these signs to assist our elderly and disabled citizens. This area will be strictly enforced!
No person will park any vehicle wider than 7’ or longer than 18’ on any residential street unless it is providing a bona fide service to a resident. There is no overnight parking of semi’s unless prior approval has been granted. This is a serious safety issue because these vehicle block the view of the roadway especially near intersections.
You can not leave a car parked on the street for more than 48 hours. If we receive a call on this type of violation we will mark the tires, issue a citation, then tow the vehicle so it takes several days to accomplish this. If after 48 hours a car hasn't move give us a call. Try not to abuse this violation to get back at a neighbor who has parked in front of your house, the streets belong to everyone.
Municipal Parking Lots and Time Restrictions
Check for sign listings in City lots and in the Vine Street business district for specific time limits. In addition to large full lot signs, smaller signs may restrict individual stalls. Overtime or beyond the period of legal parking established is prohibited. You can only park in a marked space; parking across any line or marking or taking up more than one space is prohibited. Unless there is an emergency, washing, greasing, or repairing a vehicle is prohibited. Any junk vehicle or vehicle not licensed is prohibited.
You may not park on private property without permission. This includes apartment or condominium parking lots.
Public or Private Lawn Areas
You may not park on any lawn area not designated for parking (your own lawn included)
You may not park in posted fire lanes. This is a serious safety hazard and will be strictly enforced.
No person shall park or store any vehicle which is not licensed. These vehicles will be considered junk vehicles and will be towed at the owners expense. Likewise, you can’t store these vehicles in the open on your property. If you have a car that you are not going to license it must be under cover off the street, either in a garage or covered with a tarp etc.
Do not leave your vehicle running and unattended. This is a parking violation and is a common way of auto thefts. It only takes a few seconds. Also, if an officer finds a vehicle parked where the it constitutes an obstruction to traffic the vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Vehicles for Sale – Maintenance
No person shall park a vehicle in any residential district for the principal purpose of: displaying such vehicle for sale, conducting engine overhauls, major repairs, sanding, painting, body work.