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Section 16A.61.5703
 

Title 16A Transportation

Chapter 16A.61 Rules of the Road

Section 16A.61.5703 Commercial Loading Zones
  1. Occupying Commercial Loading Zone – When Prohibited.
    It is unlawful for any vehicle, other than an authorized and identified vehicle that is then and there being used in commerce or trade, to occupy any commercial loading zone within the City during the hours indicated on the signs marking the zones. Violation may result in immediate impound if the vehicle impedes the authorized use of the zone and tow away signage is posted.
     
  2. Permit for Authorized Vehicles – Conditions for Issuance.
    Permits for authorized vehicles shall be issued by the City upon application therefore and the paying of the fee as established in SMC 8.02.083. The application for the permit shall identify the vehicle and owner thereof as is set out in the Washington State vehicle registration certificate for the vehicle; the license plate number thereof; the name and nature of the business performed in commerce or trade to which use the vehicle has been assigned; a statement by the owner, or authorized agent thereof, that the vehicle is a commercial vehicle and is used exclusively for commercial purposes during business hours of eight a.m. to six p.m.
     
  3. Permit.
    The permit shall have an exclusive file number; contain the name and address of the owner and the identification of the vehicle as is set out in the Washington State vehicle registration certificate for the vehicle; the license plate number thereof; the name and nature of the business performed in commerce or trade to which use the vehicle has been assigned; and shall be present within or upon the vehicle at all times when occupying a commercial loading zone, and shall be displayed to any officer or person authorized to enforce the parking laws of the City upon request therefore.
     
  4. Identifying Sign.
    The City shall issue to the applicant, with the permit, an identifying decal which shall be prominently displayed on the vehicle for which it was issued, in the vehicle’s front windshield at the lower left-hand corner. The identifying decal shall be in the form prescribed by regulation by the street director.
     
  5. Out-of-state Vehicles – Permits.
    Any vehicle licensed and registered in a state other than the State of Washington will qualify for a permit by providing in the application therefore the identifying information that would be required and provided in a Washington State vehicle registration certificate.
     
  6. Permit – Annual – Special Permits.
    Each permit issued shall be valid until December 31st of the year in which it was issued except that the street director, in limited and exceptional circumstances involving a vehicle performing a commercial service that is isolated and limited to a single occasion, may issue a special permit for a period not to exceed twenty-four hours.
     
  7. Use of Loading Zones – Time Limitations.
    1. Commercial loading zones shall be for exclusive use by commercial vehicles in loading and unloading commodities in trade or commerce during the hours indicated on the signs marking the zones. During these hours the zones are designated as commercial loading zones. At all other hours and times loading zones shall be for general use under the parking regulations applicable to the district in which they are located.
    2. No vehicle shall occupy a commercial loading zone other than for expeditious loading and unloading of commodities. No vehicle shall occupy a commercial loading zone for more than thirty consecutive minutes; provided the street director may grant special permission in exceptional cases requiring additional time for loading and unloading.
    3. Permits for creating special loading zones for use by commercial vehicles and vehicles while engaged in services in conjunction with public utilities, construction and maintenance, and special parking zones for use by official clearly identifiable news media vehicles and clearly identified vehicles of charitable nonprofit service organizations and vehicles qualifying for an entertainment parking district (EPD) privilege as provided in SMC 16A.61.5903 may be issued by the street director, in accordance with rules and regulations established by the director.
    4. Parking meter bags provided by the street director shall be used by the permittees to create, in the case of commercial vehicles, a special loading zone in a regular parking space for a time period normally not exceeding thirty minutes for the purpose of expeditiously loading and unloading commodities, and in the case of news media vehicles a special parking zone in a regular parking space for a period normally not exceeding one hour for the purpose of news reporting activities, and in the case of charitable nonprofit service organizations a special parking zone in a regular parking space for a period normally not exceeding one hour for the purpose of performing charitable services for the benefit of the inhabitants of the City. Use of EPD bags by qualifying vehicles shall not exceed the time necessary to support the operational and parking needs to support an entertainment venue. The parking meter bags in this subsection shall not be placed on meters in loading or restricted zones or on meters of less than a one-hour time limit and shall contain thereon a card which identifies the permittee and the date and time of placement of the bag. Parking meter bags shall be locked in place by the permittee.
    5. Vehicles lawfully parked at metered spot in a special loading zone at the time a meter bag is placed are not in violation of this section until the applicable parking time for the vehicle has expired. [Cross reference: SMC 16A.61.381, SMC 16A.61.582]
       
  8. Violation of proper parking meter bag use shall result in the bag being removed from the meter, cancellation of the permit, and forfeiture of the bag deposit. Rates to be charged for parking meter bags shall be as set out in SMC 8.02.083.
     
  9. An official vehicle of the United States Postal Service will be regarded as an “authorized and identified” vehicle while occupying a commercial loading zone for the purpose of mail delivery or collection for up to fifteen minutes.

Date Passed: Monday, September 24, 2012

Effective Date: Friday, November 2, 2012

ORD C34905 Section 6