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Parking on Front Lawn
The Parking on the Front Lawn ordinance prohibits parking in front and side yards of corner lots, except on improved driveways or parking pads. 

Parking on the Front Lawn ImageWhat does the ordinance prohibit?
Parking of vehicles in front yards and side yards of a corner lot, except on an improved driveway or parking pad.

Where does the ordinance apply?
The ordinance applies to single-family detaches, duplex, triplex and quadraplex dwelling units.

Are there exceptions to the ordinance?
Exceptions to the ordinance will apply when no parking is allowed on adjacent streets and the principal dwelling is less than 20 feet from the abutting street or the lot width is less than 25 feet.  Additionally, special family events or social gatherings occurring no more than once a week will be exempted from the ordinance.

What is the purpose of the ordinance?
The ordinance supports the City's model vision of a clean and nuisance-free environment for all Charlotte neighborhoods.

What is the background of the ordinance?
During the November 2001 Neighborhood Summit and the 2002 Neighborhood Symposium, residents shared concerns about the long-term impact of vehicles parked on front lawns in their communities.  These concerns were included in the City's vision for the development of model neighborhood standards.  The desire for an ordinance was included as an indicator of model neighborhood status within the Model Neighborhood Standards at a Glance publication adopted by City Council in December 2002.

What is the effective date of the ordinance?
The ordinance became effective April 1, 2004.

What is the penalty for violating the ordinance?
The ordinance carries a $25 fine with possible vehicle towing upon a 4th occurrence.  Fines will be imposed beginning May 1, 2004.

Who do I call to report a violation?
Violations should be reported to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Customer Service and Information Center at 311.  DO NOT report violations to 911.

What is the expected response time once a violation is reported?
The response time is up to three (3) working days.