TWU STUDENT GUIDE TO DENTON PARKING REGULATIONS
(Important Warning if you park off Campus)
-Denton parking regulations are covered by Denton City Ordinances Section 18-91 to 18-109
and Section 18-171 specifically applies to streets running through or immediately adjacent to the campus;
- A parking ticket is a civil citation and can be contested at an administrative hearing within fifteen days after the date it is issued;
-The written request must be timely filed by mail or in person before the Denton Municipal Clerk at 601 E.Hickory, Suite D, Denton, Texas 76205;
-The court will schedule an administrative hearing to be held within 30 days of the hearing request;
-No sworn complaint is required and the officer who issued the citation does not need to be present, as the hearing officer can rely on the citation as proof along with documentation related to the ownership of the vehicle to determine by a preponderance of the evidence that the person cited parked illegally;
-If the hearing officer finds a violation, the fines and costs will be set by him or her up to $200, unless a handicap violation which can go to $500;
-In addition, there is a $25 court fee for requesting a contested hearing and not winning;
-An appeal can be made in 30 days after the hearing to the Municipal Court Judge but a cash bond must be posted and a written request made to the municipal court clerk within thirty days after the date of the hearing officer’s order.
Partial list of DENTON PARKING REGULATIONS in force in 2012:
Sec. 18-91.50. - Stopping or parking prohibited in certain places.
(a) An operator may not stop or park a vehicle:
(1) On the roadway side of a vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;
(2) On a sidewalk;
(3) In an intersection;
(4) On a crosswalk;
(5) Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty (30) feet of a place on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the governing body of a municipality designates a different length by signs or markings;
(6) Alongside or opposite a street excavation or obstruction if stopping or parking the vehicle would obstruct traffic;
(7) On a bridge or other elevated structure on a highway or in a highway tunnel;
(8) On a railroad track;
(9) Where an official sign prohibits stopping; or
(10) Within five (5) feet of a public or private driveway or blocking any portion of a public or private driveway or access to such driveway.
(b) An operator may not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger, stop or park an occupied or unoccupied vehicle:
(1) In front of a public or private driveway or within five (5) feet of a driveway;
(2) Within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant;
(3) Within twenty (20) feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;
(4) Within thirty (30) feet on the approach to a flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign, or traffic-control signal located at the side of a roadway;
(5)Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within seventy-five (75) feet of the entrance, if the entrance is properly marked with a sign; or
(6) Where an official sign prohibits stopping or parking.
(c) An operator may not, except temporarily to load or unload merchandise or passengers, park an occupied or unoccupied vehicle:
(1) Within fifty (50) feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing; or
(2) Where an official sign prohibits parking.
(d) A person may stop or park a bicycle on a sidewalk if the bicycle does not impede the normal and reasonable movement of pedestrian or other traffic on the sidewalk.
(e) A person may not stop or park a vehicle on a public right-of-way or a state or city easement for the purpose displaying the vehicle for sale.
(Ord. No. 2011-113, § 2, 7-19-11)
Sec. 18-91.51. - Additional parking regulations.
(a) An operator who stops or parks on a two-way roadway shall do so with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle parallel to and within eighteen (18) inches of the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.
(b) An operator who stops or parks on a one-way roadway shall stop or park the vehicle parallel to the curb or edge of the roadway in the direction of authorized traffic movement with the right-hand wheels within eighteen (18) inches of the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway or the left-hand wheels within eighteen (18) inches of the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway. This subsection does not apply where a local ordinance otherwise regulates stopping or parking on the one-way roadway.
(c) Subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply if the city has established angled parking spaces on the roadway.
*Be aware that the ordinance does not define crosswalk, so Denton follows the Transportation Code standard that allows for the crosswalk to be determined by the sidewalk at the intersection as it reaches the street. Accordingly, parking is prohibited within 20 feet of where a sidewalk would take pedestrians to an intersection for crossing. This is a distance that is more than the length of a large car and could easily reach nearly 30 feet from the intersection. See Texas Transportation Code 541.302.
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