ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY
PREMIER LIBRARY SOURCES
HOME KIDZONE CATALOG SEARCH BULLET



BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.70 Parking Stations

St. Louis City Revised Code (annotated) has been converted to electronic format by the staff of the St. Louis Public Library. This electronic version has been done for the interest and convenience of the user. These are unofficial versions and should be used as unofficial copies.

Official printed copies of St. Louis City Revised Code may be obtained from the Register's Office at the St. Louis City Hall.



Chapter 8.70
Parking Stations

Sections:

8.70.005 Chapter designated.
8.70.010 Defined.
8.70.020 Permit--Required--Nontransferable.
8.70.030 Permit--Application--Contents.
8.70.040 Permit--Application--Plats.
8.70.050 Permit--Issuance--Fee.
8.70.060 Permit--Denial.
8.70.070 Permit--Suspension or revocation--Hearing.
8.70.080 Permit--Suspension or revocation--Barricading lot.
8.70.090 Annual Inspection fee.
8.70.100 Signs.
8.70.110 Sidewalks and ground maintenance.
8.70.120 Lighting--Required.
8.70.130 Lighting--Required.
8.70.140 Lighting--Attendants on duty.
8.70.150 Driveways.
8.70.160 Compliance with building code.
8.70.170 Illegal use of cars.
8.70.180 Change of rates.
8.70.185 Ticket to be issued.
8.70.190 Egress.
8.70.200 Liability--Bond.
8.70.210 Illegal use of parking station.
8.70.220 Enforcement.
8.70.230 Additional rules and regulations.

For public garages, see Ch. 8.76

Prior ordinance history:

Ords. 52552, 52722, 53450, 53461, 54448

City Counselor Ops.: 9382, 10086

8.70.005 Chapter designated.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited and referred to as "the parking stations regulation Ordinance."
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.170.)

8.70.010 Defined.

"Parking station" or "parking lot" when used in this chapter means any building, structure, or parcel of land regularly used, in whole or in part, for the storing or parking of more than four motor vehicles, except this shall not be deemed to apply or be applicable to the following buildings, structures, or parcels of land:

A. A parking area used exclusively for church parking;

B. A parking area used for dead storage of new or used motor vehicles held by franchised dealers and agents for sale, lease or rent;

C. A parking area attached to a motor vehicle repair shop where motor vehicles are stored awaiting repairs;

D. A parking area used for the storage of construction equipment;

E. A parking area used for the storage of truck trailers, hauling trailers, or other wheeled rental equipment that is not self-propelled.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.010.)

8.70.020 Permit--Required--Nontransferable.

No person, firm or corporation shall operate, maintain or conduct a parking station in the City without first obtaining a parking station permit from the Building Commissioner. A permit must be obtained for each parking station and no permit shall be transferable from one person to another nor transferable from one lot to another.

The Building Commissioner may order barricades for any or all parking stations not in full compliance within one hundred and eighty days from the date of original notification.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.020.)

8.70.030 Permit--Application--Contents.

Application for a parking station permit may be made by the person intending to operate the parking station upon forms furnished by the Building Commissioner and shall set forth the following information:

A. The name under which, and the place where, the parking station is to be operated;

B. Whether the applicant is an individual, partnership or corporation; if an individual, the name and business and residence of the applicant; if a partnership, the name and business and residence address of each partner; if a corporation the name, date and state under which such corporation was organized, the names and business addresses of the officers, manager-in-charge, and directors thereof;

C. Whether the premises are owned or leased by the applicant, and if leased, the name and residence and business address of each owner or partner thereof;

D. The vehicle capacity and hours of operation of the parking station;

E. The hours, if any, during which an attendant will be on duty, and any other information deemed necessary by the Building Commissioner and not inconsistent with this chapter.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.030 (1).)

8.70.040 Permit--Application--Plats.

The applicant shall also file three copies of a plat or drawing showing all information pertaining to the construction of new lots, indicating the intended plan for parking, the capacity, the location and type of attendants' shelter, the type of lighting equipment, the barrier alongside the public sidewalk and other public ways, and the kind of surface and drainage facilities. The plat is subject to the approval of the Building Commissioner.

Drainage facilities will require approval of the metropolitan sewer district on the three copies of plats submitted when an existing paved lot of more than three thousand square feet is to be repaved, expanded or otherwise improved.

All existing paved lots and new lots to be paved, that are less than three thousand square feet, do not require approval of the metropolitan sewer district on the three copies of plats submitted, but shall be required to comply with the drainage requirements of the building code.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.030 (2).)

8.70.050 Permit--Issuance--Fee.

Upon issuance of a parking station permit, the building commissioner shall notify the comptroller that a permit is issued and transmit a plat with each notification. The applicant with his application shall deposit with the building commissioner the sum of ten dollars to cover the cost of issuance of the parking station permit; provided, further, that under no condition shall the sum or any part thereof be refunded for the failure of the building commissioner to grant the permit for a parking station, except that the fee shall not be deemed to apply or to be applicable to parking lots or parking stations operated by a church solely and exclusively for church parking.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.030 (3).)

8.70.060 Permit--Denial.

If the application for permit is denied by the building commissioner, the applicant may make written request for a hearing before the board of public service. The board shall designate a day for the hearing, and after considering the evidence and arguments submitted, the board may direct either that the permit be issued or the action of denial be affirmed.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.150 (part).)

8.70.070 Permit--Suspension or revocation--Hearing.

The building commissioner may refer any permit heretofore issued to the board of public service with the recommendation that a hearing be held to determine whether the permit should be suspended or revoked. The board shall designate a day for the hearing, and after considering the evidence and arguments submitted, may suspend or revoke the permit and license heretofore issued, upon proof of any of the following:

A. The operator has knowingly made any false or materially incorrect statement in his application;

B. The operator has made any charge for parking in excess of the rate posted on the required sign;

C. The operator fails to keep an attendant on duty during the times specified in his application; and

D. The operator has knowingly violated or knowingly permitted or countenanced the violation of any provision of this chapter.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.150 (part).)

See also 8.70.090, 8.70.110

8.70.080 Permit--Suspension or revocation--Barricading lot.

Upon suspension or revocation by the board of public service the police department shall upon notice by the building commissioner barricade the parking lot until further notice. No lot barricaded as herein provided shall be used for the purposes of a parking station.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.150 (part).)

8.70.090 Annual inspection fee.

The building commissioner shall make or cause to be made an inspection at least once a year of every parking station within the city to ascertain whether the station is operated within the provisions of this chapter. An annual inspection fee shall be payable on the first day of January each year in accordance with the capacity of the parking station as follows:

A. Under ten cars, seven dollars;

B. Ten to fifty cars, fifteen dollars;

C. All over fifty cars, twenty dollars;

Except these fees shall not be deemed to apply or be applicable to parking lots or parking stations operated by a church solely and exclusively for church parking.

All inspection fees shall be paid within thirty days of billing date after which time they shall become delinquent, which shall because for revocation of the parking station permit.
(Ord. 55932 2, 1971: prior Ord. 55080 2, 1968: Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.040.)

8.70.100 Signs.

Each operator shall display in a prominent location a sign clearly visible to motorists bearing:

A. The name of the parking station;

B. The usual hours of operation;

C. The highest daily or hourly rate schedule, if applicable;

D. The highest night or special event rate schedule, if applicable;

E. The number of the parking station permit issued for the station; and

F. The hour an attendant is normally on duty.

Where a single rate is charged or where a daily or hourly rate is charged, the highest rate in each category shall be posted in figures that shall be not less than four inches in height. If any nightly or special event rate exceeds the hourly or daytime rate, then this rate shall be posted and the figures for each of these rates shall be of the same size as those used to post daily and hourly rates. All other parking rates shall be posted legibly in a prominent location.

Nothing in any ordinance regulating the location of signs shall prohibit the erection of a sign not internally illuminated and not exceeding fifteen square feet in area, nor five feet in its longest dimension to comply with the requirement for identification of a parking station by sign. All such signs shall be erected and maintained in accordance with the building code.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.050.)

8.70.110 Sidewalks and ground maintenance.

Operators of parking stations, or open lots shall pave and surface with concrete, bituminous or other approved materials. Operators shall provide a concrete, bituminous or other approved material, a barrier at least six inches above grade. The barriers shall be located inside the property line and adjacent to the public sidewalk, public way or adjacent properties. The pavings and barriers provided on the locations shall be maintained in good and safe condition at all times.

The surface of such areas shall be kept clear of trash and broken glass and the parking spaces shall be clearly striped and marked.

No vehicles shall be parked as to extend over the public way or adjacent property; and no vehicle shall be driven over or upon the public way or adjacent property except for entrance to and exit from the parking station, or the driveways provided for such purpose, and repeated violations of this section shall be grounds for revocation of the parking station permit.

When located in districts zoned for residential purposes, the area used for parking shall not extend beyond the building line established by ordinance for the block in which the parking station is located.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.060.)

8.70.120 Lighting--Required.

Those parking stations regularly operated for nighttime use shall be equipped with adequate lights to permit drivers of vehicles to have reasonable access to all portions of the parking station during hours of darkness. In no case shall the intensity of illumination be less than two-tenths foot candle per square foot of parking surface. Lights shall be arranged to reflect the light away from all adjoining dwellings. Where lots are not provided with artificial illumination, adequate barricades shall be provided at each entrance.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.070.)

8.70.130 Lighting--Required.

No owner or operator, or employee, agent or servant thereof, of a public or private parking lot shall permit the use of the parking lot during the period between dusk and dawn for the public or private parking of motor vehicles unless the parking lot is illuminated with not less than one-tenth of one watt of illumination for each square foot of parking area; provided that minimum light intensity shall not apply to areas temporarily shaded by motor vehicles or other movable objects.
(Ord. 51787 1, 1963.)

8.70.140 Lighting--Attendants on duty.

The provisions of Section 8.70.130 shall not be applicable to those parking lots who have on duty an attendant at all times when the parking lot is being used or operated for the parking of motor vehicles during the period between dusk and dawn.
(Ord. 51787 2, 1963.)

8.70.150 Driveways.

In the case of parking stations established and curb cuts made after April 17, 1968, the location of driveways shall be subject to the approval of the director of streets. Not more than two driveways on any one street shall be permitted unless the frontage of the parking station exceeds four hundred feet, in which event one additional driveway may be permitted for each additional one hundred feet of such frontage; and no driveway shall exceed thirty feet in width.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.080.)

8.70.160 Compliance with building code.

All parking stations shall comply with the provisions of the building code applicable to such facilities.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.090.)

8.70.170 Illegal use of cars.

It shall be unlawful for the owner, operator or attendant of any parking lot to drive, or cause to be driven, any parked motor vehicle through or upon the streets of the City without the consent of the owner or person parking the car.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.100.)

8.70.180 Change of rates.

No operator shall make any daily or hourly charge for sorting or parking any motor vehicle in excess of that posted upon the required sign. No increase in daily or hourly rates shall be permitted until the change is posted upon the signs required by Section 8.70.100.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.110.)

8.70.185 Ticket to be issued.

The operator of a parking station whereon motor vehicles are parked for a fee shall issue a parking station ticket to the owner of or person parking said motor vehicle. The parking station ticket shall have the name and address of the parking lot clearly printed thereon.
(Ord. 57086 1, 1975: 1960 C. 388.115.)

8.70.190 Egress.

The operator of a parking station is required to provide immediate egress to a public street or alley to all vehicles using the parking station either by the use of marked lanes which shall not be used for the parking of automobiles thereon, or by providing an attendant present at all times during the hours of operation to remove vehicles blocking or impeding the egress of any particular vehicle using the parking station at the request of the driver of the particular vehicle desiring egress from the parking station.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.120.)

8.70.200 Liability--Bond.

Each operator or attendant shall be liable for any damage to any motor vehicle stored or parked in his parking lot, by or through his own negligence or that of his employees. This liability shall not apply while the vehicle is under the control of the owner. This provision shall have no application to loss of or damage to personal property left or contained in motor vehicles, the liability for which may be disclaimed, in the parking ticket, provided a sign giving notice to that effect is posted on the parking lot.

Failure to satisfy any final judgment for damages to or loss of any parked vehicle arising from the aforementioned liability within sixty days after its final rendition, shall operate to automatically revoke the permit. Thereafter, the permit of such operator shall not be renewed until a bond or certificate of insurance in the sum of two thousand dollars is obtained. Bonds are to be approved by the City Counselor and shall run to the City for the benefit of any person who may receive injuries, and for the benefit of any person, partnership, association or corporation who may claim redress for the property damage or theft, resulting from the negligent operation or maintenance of the parking lot. The bond shall remain in full force and effect for the full period of time for which the permit is effective. In lieu of the bond, the application may be accompanied by a certificate of insurance in a like amount, which to the satisfaction of the City Counselor, will be adequate to satisfy any judgments for the aforementioned hazards.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.130.)

8.70.210 Illegal use of parking station.

A. It shall be unlawful for the owner, operator or attendant of any parking lot to permit the use of the parking lot or portion thereof for the purpose of vending, selling, offering for sale or dispensing of merchandise; provided, that it shall not be unlawful for the owner, operator or attendant of a parking station or parking lot to rent or lease an individual space or individual spaces therein, on a daily basis, to allow persons to place on such parking station or parking lot motor vehicles or other items of personal property for purposes of sale.

Parking areas used for this purpose shall not be subject to the provisions of Section 8.70.180.

B. Such operator shall be required to pay a one dollar ($ 1.00) license fee for each parking stall, defined as each 11 ft. x 20 ft. space, exclusive of aisles for traffic, or as so marked. Such license shall be for a six (6) month period. Except that if, due to the nature of the item(s) sold, another form of license is required, then that other form of license shall be obtained.
(Ord. 57853 2, 3, 1979: prior Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.140.)

8.70.220 Enforcement.

This chapter shall be enforced by the Police Department in conjunction with the Building Commissioner.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.160.)

8.70.230 Additional rules and regulations.

The Building Commissioner shall have the authority to promulgate rules and regulations as may be necessary for carrying out the provisions of this chapter. The rules and regulations shall be in writing and kept on file in the Building Commissioner's office.
(Ord. 55061 1 (part), 1968: 1960 C. 388.180.)

Return to Top of Charter, Code, and Ordinances.
Return to Title 8
Return to Code Table of Contents

HOME | KIDZONE | CATALOG | CONTACT US | SEARCH | HINTS