Parking Enforcement

Lenora Taylor

P: (336) 229-3153

Parking Enforcement
The Central Business District (Downtown) is patrolled Monday-Friday by civilian parking enforcement officers to ensure fair and equitable parking opportunities for downtown patrons, employees and visitors. The Parking Enforcement Unit is supervised by Lenora Taylor

Three ways to pay Civil Penalties:

  1. Citation is in an envelope that can be mailed in.
  2. Pay in person at the Tax Department at City Hall located at 237 West Maple Avenue in Downtown (222-5120)
  3. Can be dropped in red mailbox inside Police Department.

Violation Fines
Handicap Parking
Exit Obstructions


Noise Ordinance
Cruising Ordinance
Fire Lane Parking
Animal Control Ordinance
Fire Permit Ordinance
Zoning Ordinance
Smoking Ordinance


Residential Parking


Overtime Parking
Loading Zone
Double Parking
Non-Parking Space
After Hours Parking
Blocking Driveway
12 Inches From Curb
Left-Side To Curb
Within 20 Ft. of Corner
Blocking Sidewalk
Within 15 Ft. of Hydrant
Backed to Curb

If violation payment is not made within 10 days, a late penalty of $20.00 on $10.00 violations; $25.00 on $25.00 and $50.00 violations; $50.00 on $100.00 violations will be charged in addition to the initial charge.

American Disabilities
Burlington Traffic Codes of Interest:
Sec. 36-10. Use of roller skates, skateboard, etc., restricted.

No person upon roller skates, skateboard, or riding in, or by means of, any coaster, toy vehicle or similar device, shall go upon any roadway, unless it be while crossing a street at a crosswalk or intersection.
Sec. 36-22. Clinging to moving vehicles.

No person riding upon any motorcycle, bicycle, coaster, sled, roller skates or any other toy vehicle, shall attach the same or himself to any public conveyance or moving vehicle upon any roadway.

Sec. 36-40. Notice on illegally parked vehicle.

Whenever any motor vehicle without driver is found parked or stopped in violation of any of the restrictions imposed by ordinance of this city or by state law, the officer finding such vehicle shall take its registration number and may take any other information displayed on the vehicle which may identify its user, and he shall conspicuously affix to such vehicle a notice of violation, on a form provided by the chief of police, for the driver to pay the civil penalty within ten (10) days during the hours and at the place specified in the notice.
Sec. 36-103. Driving in school zones; stopping for school guards mandatory.

Whenever authorized signs are placed designating any street or part thereof as a school zone pursuant to section 36-89, drivers of vehicles using such street shall exercise the greatest care for the protection of children.

All persons driving vehicles in school zones when a school crossing guard is on duty are required to stop at the direction of said school crossing guard when said direction of any said crossing guard is given for the purpose of assisting school children to safely cross any said street. Those persons not stopping at the direction of any of said school crossing guards shall be in violation of this ordinance and shall be subject to North Carolina General Statutes, Section 14-4.

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Sec. 36-119 Maximum speed generally.

(a)     No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway or on any parking lot, drive, driveway, road, roadway, street or alley, upon the grounds and premises of any public or private hospital, college, university, benevolent institution, school, orphanage, church or any of the institutions maintained and supported by the state or any of its subdivisions, or upon the grounds and premises of any service station, drive-in theater, supermarket, store, restaurant or office building, or any other business or municipal establishment providing parking space for customers, patrons or the public at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.

(b)     Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, it shall be unlawful to operate a vehicle in excess of the following speeds:

(1)                 Twenty (20) miles per hour in any business district.

(2)                 Thirty-five (35) miles per hour in any residential district

(3)                 Forty-five (45) miles per hour in places other than those named in sub paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection for:

a.       All vehicles other than passenger cars, regular passenger vehicles, pickup trucks of less than one (1) ton capacity and school buses loaded with children; and

b.       All vehicles, of whatever kind, are engaged in towing, drawing or pushing another vehicle; provided; this sub paragraph shall not apply to vehicles engaged in towing, drawing or pushing trailers with a gross weight of not more than three thousand (3,000) pounds.

(c)     The fact that the speed of a vehicle is lower than the foregoing limits shall not relieve the driver from the duty to decrease speed when approaching and crossing an intersection, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway or when special hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reasons of weather or street conditions, and speed shall be decreased as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the street or highway, and to avoid causing injury to any person or property either on or off the street or highway, in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care. (Code 1959, & 19-126)

Sec. 36-121. School zones.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or drive any vehicle at speeds exceeding twenty-five (25) miles per hour from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 2:15 p.m. to 3:34 p.m. unless otherwise indicated, in school zones.

Sec. 36-135. Stopping in streets generally.

No vehicle shall stop in any street except for the purpose of parking as prescribed in this chapter, unless such stop is made necessary by the approach of fire apparatus, by the approach of a funeral or other procession which is given the right-of-way, by the stopping of a public conveyance, by the lowering of railway gates, by the giving of traffic signals, by the passing of some other vehicle or a pedestrian, or by some emergency; and in any case covered by these exceptions such vehicles shall stop so as not to obstruct any foot way, pedestrian aisle, safety zone, crossing or street intersection if such can be avoided. (Code 1959, & 19-140)

Sec. 36-141. Parking with left side towards curb; parking on one-way streets.

No vehicle shall stop with its left side to the curb in the business district, except that on one-way streets vehicle shall stop headed in the direction of traffic. (Code 1959, & 19-148)

Sec. 36-144. Prohibited – In specified places.

No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic-controlled device in any of the following places:

(a)                 On a sidewalk, between the curb and sidewalk or between the curb line or ditch line and the right-of-way when there is no sidewalk.

(b)                 Within an intersection, or within twenty (20) feet thereof.

(c)                 On a crosswalk.

(d)                 Within thirty (30) feet of any flashing beacon, stop sign or traffic-controlled signal located at the side of a street or roadway. 

(e)                 No vehicle shall park on either side of any street approaching a grade crossing within fifty (50) feet of the closest rail; provided, that where existing permanent structures are located along the street and closer than fifty (50) feet, parking may be permitted in front of such structures, unless otherwise prohibited, if such parking does not interfere with the view in either direction of an approaching locomotive or train.

(f)                   Alongside or apposite any street excavation or obstruction, when such stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic.

(g)                 Upon any bridge or other elevated structure.

(h)                 Within fifteen (15) feet in either direction of the entrance to a hotel, hospital or any public building where the street is so marked.

(i)                   On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped, standing, or parked at the edge or curb of a street.

(j)                   In front of a public or private driveway.

(k)                 In front of any motion picture theatre, except bicycles.

(l)                   Within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant.

(m)               Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five (75) feet of the entrance when properly signposted.

(n)                 At any place where signs prohibit parking.

(Code 1959, & 19-143)

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Sec. 36-146. Residential parking permit program.

(a)     Residential parking permit program defined. The residential [parking] permit program intends to make it possible for residents in a restricted no-parking area to have access to on-street parking.

(b)     Designation of areas.  The city council may designate controlled residential areas based on the criteria as recommended by the traffic commission and the engineering department:

a.       The area shall either contain at least five (5) continuous block faces abutted by property primarily in residential zoning districts or shall be a contiguous expansion of an existing controlled parking area with the area being abutted by property primarily in residential zoning districts.  A block face as used herein shall mean on (1) side of a street between two (2) intersection streets.

b.       A petition identifying the boundaries of streets within the proposed controlled parking residential area had been presented to and accepted by the traffic commission requesting such designation and signed by adult residents from at least seventy (70) percent of the living units contained in each block of the proposed controlled parking residential area.

(c)     Eligibility for parking permit.  Residents of the houses located in the restricted no-parking area shall be eligible to receive on (1) residential parking permit decal for each vehicle, which in principally operated by the resident.  The revenue collector shall verify the residence address of persons obtaining such decals and shall record on the face of the decal the license number of the vehicle.  The residents shall be permitted to show a current vehicle registration, current utility bills, notarized affidavits of a landlord (in those instances that residents do not own property in the residential parking district), current lease agreement or a current driver’s license displaying the current residential address to verify the address of residents applying for a parking permit.

(d)     Parking decal.  Residential parking permit decal shall mean a special permit issued here under by the revenue collector and authorizing that a vehicle bearing such permit be allowed to be parked in a controlled residential parking area.  The residential parking permit decal shall be attached to the left rear windshield of the vehicle for which issued and shall contain the vehicle license number, year of issue and identification number.

(e)     Cost of parking permit.  The revenue collector shall issue the initial residential parking permit decals at no cost to the resident.  If replacement permits are required there will be a cost of five dollars ($5.00) each for the requesting resident.  No residential parking permit decal shall be transferred to another vehicle.

(f)       Guest passes.  Two (2) guest passes will be provided to each resident on an annual basis.  There will be no replacements for lost permits.  In the event of a special function such as a wedding, party, reception, or similar occasion a resident may contact the parking enforcement office at least five (5) working days prior to the event.  Failure to provide advance notice could result in citations being issued.

(g)      Validity.  Permits are valid for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and will expire at midnight on June 30.

(h)     Hours.  Restricted no-parking area will be designated by signs stating no parking between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on school days in session.

(i)       Restrictions.  No person shall display a residential parking permit decal on a vehicle unless such vehicle displays the same vehicle license number as shown on the residential parking permit decal and any such use or display except as authorized herein shall constitute a violation of this Code by the permittee and by the person who used or displayed the residential parking permit decal.  It shall constitute a violation of this Code for any person to falsely represent himself eligible for a residential parking permit decal or to furnish any false information in an application to the revenue collector in order to obtain a residential parking permit decal.  The revenue collector is authorized to revoke the residential parking permit of any permittee found to be in violation of this section, and upon notification thereof, the permittee shall surrender such permit to the revenue collector.  Failure to surrender a residential parking permit shall constitute a violation of the Code.  A residential parking permit shall not guarantee or reserve to the holder a parking space with in a designated controlled parking residential area. Ord. No. 97-3, & 1,2-18-97)

Residential Parking Permit Application

No Parking from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm on school days on the following streets:

On both sides of Franklin St. between Arlington Ave. and Glenwood Ave.

On both sides of Parkview Dr. between Arlington Ave. and Glenwood Ave.

On both sides of Parkview Dr. at its western most intersection with Sunset Dr. to a point 630 feet north of the centerline of Sunset Dr.

On both sides of Circle Dr. from its northernmost intersection with Glenwood Ave. southwest to its southernmost intersection with Glenwood Ave.

On both sides of Hillside Dr. between Country Club Dr. and S. Church St.

On both sides of Silverlake Dr. between County Club Dr. and S. Church St.

On south side of Country Club Dr. between Tarelton Ave. and S. Church St.

On both sides of Tarleton Ave. between S. Church St. and Country Club Dr.

On west side of Tarleton Ave. between Country Club Dr. and Sunset Dr.

On the northeast side of Arlington Ave. between Franklin St. and S. Church St.

On the north side of Sunset Dr. between Tarleton Ave. and Parkview Dr.

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Sec. 36-151. Parking of Oversize vehicles.

(a)     No person shall park any vehicle, which has a width in excess of ninety-six (96) inches, upon any of the streets of the city for a continuous period of time longer than thirty (30) minutes.

(b)     No person shall park buses, trucks, tractor-trailers, mobile homes, or any vehicle exceeding twenty-two (22) feet in length on public streets in business section for over fifteen (15) minutes or in a residential district for over a period of sixty (60) minutes.

(c)     This section shall not apply to motor vehicles momentarily stopped for the purpose of taking on or discharging passenger or loading or unloading freight at a point of origin or destination, not shall it apply to motor vehicle accidentally and unavoidably disables, provided such parking or stoppage is necessary for emergency repairs to permit such vehicle to be put in operating condition.

(Code 1959, & 19-156; Ord. No. 85-75, 10-15-85)


Sec. 36-154. Handicapped parking.

(a)     It shall be prohibited for any person to park or leave standing any vehicle in a space designated for handicapped persons or visually impaired persons when the vehicle does not display the distinguishing license plate, placard, or identification car or a disabled veteran registration plat as provided by state law.

(b)     It shall be prohibited for any person not qualified for the rights and privileges extended to handicapped or visually impaired persons to exercise or attempt to exercise such rights or privileges by the unauthorized use of a distinguishing license plate, placard, or identification card.

(c)     Any violation of this section shall subject the offender to a civil penalty in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00).  Any duly authorized local government official is authorized to issue this civil citation, and the violator shall pay the penalty to the city tax collector’s office within ten (10) days of receipt. 

(Ord. No. 95-12, & 3, 4-18-95; Ord. No. 95-26, & 1,5-16-95)


Sec. 36-155. Fire Lanes.

(a)     It shall be prohibited for any person to park or leave standing any vehicle in a space designated as a fire lane.

(b)     Any violation of this section shall subject the offender to a civil penalty in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00).  Any duly authorized local government official is authorized to issue this civil citation, and the violator shall pay the penalty to the city tax collector’s office within ten (10) days of receipt. 

(Ord. No. 95-27, & 1,2,5-16-95)

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Sec. 36-161.  Parking in limited parking zone.

Whenever a parking zone is designated in accord with section 36-89, limiting the time or conditions under which such vehicle may be parked, no person shall park any vehicle in such zone, except in accord with the signs and markings erected therein.  Such zones shall be clearly and distinctly marked and indicated upon the official traffic-control and parking regulation signs, markings and other devices map on file in the office of the traffic division.  A change of position of a vehicle from one (1) point directly to another point in the same block shall be deemed one (1) continuous parking period.

(Code 1959, & 19-152)

Sec. 36-163. Overtime Parking.

(a)     If any vehicle shall remain parked in any parking space beyond the parking time limit therefore, such vehicle shall be considered as parking overtime and beyond the period of legal parking time.  The parking of a vehicle overtime or beyond the period of legal parking time in any part of a street or parking lot where any such parking space is located shall be violation of this division.  It shall be unlawful for any person to permit any vehicle to remain or be placed in any parking space when said vehicle has already been parked beyond the period of time prescribed for such parking space.

(b)     Any person who shall permit any vehicle to be parked in violation of this division for more than one (1) permitted time period shall be subject to an additional penalty for each additional time period that such vehicle is illegally parked.

(Ord. No. 73-1, & 19-303,1-2-73)

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