For everyone who drives, parking can be an issue of some significance. That's why the State and the City have specific requirements about parking, regulations that help maintain safety for us all. Several sections of the City Code pertain to parking.
Some kinds of parking restrictions are obvious. These include parking
- in marked Disabled Zones on public or private property without a valid disabled placard or license plate
- in a fire lane
- on a sidewalk
- within an intersection
- on a crosswalk
- in front of a public or private driveway
- between the sidewalk and the street
- in a loading zone, unless loading or unloading
- on the street or parking lot without a current license plate
- at any place where official signs prohibit parking
- within 15' of a fire hydrant
- in alleys, except for loading and unloading
- within 20' of a crosswalk at an intersection
- within 30' of the approach of any flashing signal, stop sign, or traffic control signal
- within 20' of the driveway of a fire station and, across the street from the fire station
- within 75' of the fire station entrance
- within 50' of a railroad crossing
- on the street for the purpose of selling the vehicle
- facing oncoming traffic
- facing backward in an angled parking meter stall
These parking regulations help keep neighborhoods free from blight and clutter and are overseen by the City's Code Compliance Division. For this purpose the law states that there is:
- No parking on the grass of a private residence
- No on-street parking of buses, trucks, tractors, trailers, semi's, or semi-trailers for longer than 30 minutes between 10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
- No on-street parking of buses or taxis except in a bus stop or taxi zone
- No on-street parking of abandoned or junk vehicles
- No parking on private property of abandoned vehicles
- No parking on private property of partially dismantled, non-operating, wrecked or junked vehicles
Most drivers are also aware of seasonal parking restrictions. While we hope we don't have to activate it, the City has designated specific streets as Snow Emergency Routes. Streets designated as Snow Emergency Routes are easily identified by posted signs. During extreme winter weather, on-street parking is prohibited during a declared Snow Route Emergency in order to provide snow removal equipment easier access, and to provide access for public safety vehicles.
For additional information about, and maps of, the designated Snow Routes click here.
Parking in and around a school zone is especially important, due to the presence of a lot of vehicle traffic and a lot of pedestrians. Around most schools, parking is restricted during specific times on school days to allow buses and parents to drop off and pick up children. Recognizing that nearby residents also need access to their property, we encourage anyone having parking problems near a school to work with the school principal and the City Traffic Engineer at 368-3842. We'll make a good faith effort to find the best possible solution for all parties.
The Central Business District is the only section of Topeka with parking meters, because there are more drivers who want to shop and work downtown than we have on-street parking spaces available. That's why we encourage parking turnover through the use of parking meters, time-limited parking, and block-parking zones. The enforcement of these policies gives everyone better access to parking. For additional information about these parking regulations, contact the parking office at 368-3931 or email email@example.com.
If you would like to report a parking sign, or any traffic sign, that is faded, vandalized, damaged or is missing contact us at 368-3913 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Traffic Operations Section.