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ParkingPark Smart, Park Happy Sarasota!

The City of Sarasota is hopeful that your trip through our City is fun and trouble free. By understanding the basic rules for parking, we all can enjoy coming to shop, dine, and experience the heartbeat of our fine city.

Parking Violations Fees

It is important to be aware of the City's parking rules and regulations so that You can be part of keeping our parking environment safe and happy.

Back-in Parking is Prohibited

Back in parking is prohibited unless signage indicates it is allowed. A vehicle's right front tire must be positioned next to the curb or edge of the street.

Back-in parking is prohibited in the City of Sarasota under Section 33-133 (2) of the city code. All vehicles must park with their front end of the vehicle to the curb. This ordinance aids other City and State laws which require enforcement personnel to insure all vehicles utilizing city/state property display valid vehicle license plates. Because the State of Florida only issues a single license plate for the rear of a vehicle, law enforcement can only perform this function efficiently with vehicles parked so their licenses plates are visible. Unless otherwise posted, permitting a car to back in to park must be "head-in" or with the passenger side wheel to the curb. This is especially true for angled parking spaces, where pulling out of an angled space would cause a vehicle to operate in the face of on-coming traffic in the wrong lane of traffic. Lastly, continuity of operations is a valuable tool in any parking lot, street parking or garage parking. When drivers back-in to a parking space, the vehicle stops beyond the intended parking spot. When this is done, it requires all traffic come to a stop and provide sufficient space behind the car to allow a safe backing in maneuver. When parking head-in, drivers back out of a space generally wait until traffic has cleared before maneuvering their vehicle in to the traffic lane. Keeping a constant degree of expectation and fluid motion in a parking lot, street or parking garage is very important to all users as it relates to safety.

toaMarked Spaces

Where parking spaces are marked, you must be parked in the designated space. Vehicles are required to have the entire vehicle inside a designated space. If the area is without designated spaces or No Parking signs, then parking is permitted so long as other ordinances are not violated.

Other Violations

Examples of the other ordinances to comply with are:

  • Parking too close to an intersection, stop sign, where parking would block traffic or providing less than 10 feet clearance, driveways, etc.
  • Parking for a certain purpose on the right of way, other than to park a car: eg; Displaying a vehicle for sale, washing a vehicle or other commercial repairs, storing a vehicle on the street for more than 24 hours.
  • Parking in alleyways. Alleyway parking is permitted for ACTIVE loading and unloading for up to 30 minutes.
  • Parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, or 30 feet from a stop sign.
  • Obstructing or parking in Disabled parking space or access aisle ($250 fine).

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