Last Updated on May 15, 2020 by Lawrence Berezin
Don’t park commercial vehicles overnight in an NYC residential neighborhood
Our friend Joe squeezed out a few bucks making deliveries with his commercial truck in NYC. There wasn’t a lot of profit built into a delivery during these difficult economic times. Every penny counts and one $115 NYC parking ticket can be the difference between winning and losing the day.
So far, today is a win. Unfortunately, Joe’s luck is about to change.
Here’s the Restriction
No person shall park a commercial vehicle overnight in NYC on a residential street between 9:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M.
How to identify a commercial street?
The answer is, you are permitted to park commercial vehicles between 9P-5A, subject to the provisions of 4-08(k)(5), on a street in a COMMERICAL DISTRICT. In other words, you have to look at the zoning maps of NYC and pick out the streets in one of the eight districts zoned as commercial districts.
There is another rule that comes into play when parking your commercial vehicle between 9P-5A.
“4-08(k)(5) street storage of commercial vehicles prohibited. When parking is not otherwise restricted, no person shall park a commercial vehicle in an area, including a residential area, in excess of three hours.”
We have beaten parking tickets for our commercial customers for alleged violations of 4-08(k)(5) by persuading a parking ticket judge, with the proper documentation, the commercial vehicle was moved before the expiration of the 3 hours; and returned to a parking space on the same block.
Parking a commercial vehicle for more than 3 hours, without being able to prove you moved your vehicle, is verboten.
Another bump in the NYC highways and byways to be aware of.
Thanks, guys for pointing this out!
May I suggest a starting point?
Learn what constitutes a commercial district.
“Commercial activities in the city are permitted in eight commercial districts based on their functional similarities and locational requirements. Small retail and service shops in C 1 and C 2 districts serve the immediate needs of surrounding residential communities.
Larger stores with more goods and services are found in C 4 districts, borough-wide regional retail centers like Main Street in Flushing and Fordham Road in the Bronx.
C5 and C 6 districts, central business districts that serve the city, the region and the nation, are mapped in Midtown, Lower Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, and Long Island City.
Three districts serve specific purposes: C 3 for waterfront recreation, C 7 for amusement parks and C 8 for heavy repair shops and automotive uses.”
Here’s a link to the NYC Department of City Planning: Commercial Overview
Here’s a link to the NYC Department of City Planning: Zoning Maps
Between the Commercial Overview and Zoning Maps, you should be able to pick some space to park your commercial vehicle overnight without being issued an NYC parking ticket.
An exception to the rule
You are permitted to park your commercial vehicle on a residential street between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M., subject to the provisions of 4-08(k)(5) if you are actively engaged in a commercial enterprise at premises located within 3 city blocks of where the summons was issued and can prove it!