This page is intended to help drivers and/or owners of vehicles to have a better understanding of some of the parking regulations and procedures of the City of Harrison. It is important to know that wherever you go, there will be parking regulations. As a driver or owner of a vehicle or property it is ultimately your responsibility to adhere to all parking regulations. Not knowing of a regulation does not excuse a person from responsibility. This page lists the most common restrictions. When in doubt, call for information.
In the City of Harrison, parking regulations are enforced and tickets are only issued by police officers.
The fine for parking violations is $115. If not paid by the set court date, warrants will be issued for the violator’s arrest. 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. Don’t park:
Against sign restrictions
In yellow painted curb areas
In excess of time limits
Permission to “Illegally Park”
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
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 certainly have the right to contest a parking ticket. Cases are heard in the Harrison Mayor’s Court before a Magistrate. To contest a ticket, simply show up in court on the date listed on your citation. Court costs of $40 will be added 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
Maximum Continuous Street Parking: Vehicles may not be parked on city streets for more than 72 hours.
Handicapped Parking: The City of Harrison supports the American with Disabilities Act. Handicapped parking is marked both by signs and marked stalls in the municipal lots. Please observe these signs to assist our elderly and disabled citizens. This area will be strictly enforced!
Oversize Vehicles: There is no overnight parking of semi’s unless prior approval has been granted. This is a serious safety issue because these vehicles block the view of the roadway especially near intersections.
Private Property: 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)
Fire Lanes: You may not park in posted fire lanes. This is a serious safety hazard and will be strictly enforced.
Unregistered Vehicles: 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 owner’s expense. Likewise, you can’t store these vehicles in the open on your property.
Unattended Vehicles: 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 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.
Other Prohibited Parking Places
On a sidewalk, curb
In front of a public or private driveway
Within an intersection
On a crosswalk
Within 20 feet of a crosswalk
Within 10 feet of a fire hydrant
Within 50 feet of railroad crossing
Across from fire station or within 20 feet of it’s entrance
On any expressway
If you have any questions, call 513-367-3715 and ask to speak to a Supervisor. We serve the community of Harrison proudly!