This page is intended to help drivers and/or owners of vehicles to have a better understanding of some of the parking regulations in the Village of Brooklyn Heights. It is important to know that wherever you go, there will be parking regulations. As a driver or owner of a vehicle it is 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. Remember, Village streets belong to everyone, we receive many calls because someone is parked in front of their residence. We can’t do anything about this type of call unless it is parked in violation. The complete parking code can be found within the traffic code section of our Village Ordinances.
In the Village of Brooklyn Heights, parking regulations are enforced and tickets are issued by Village of Brooklyn Hts police officers only.
The fine for most parking violations is $30. If not paid by the set court date, warrants will be issued for the violators arrest. Violation of a handicap parking restriction is a $250 fine. Failure to pay a parking ticket may result in a SUSPENSION of your operator’s license.
Signs and Markings
Watch carefully for signs and markings that prohibit or restrict parking. Check up and down the street several car lengths to be sure you are parking legally in a permitted area.
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 of time if the vehicle does not create a hazard. You must call for permission prior to parking. Tickets will not be excused after the fact!
Excusing a Parking Ticket
The Police Department does not have the authority to excuse a parking ticket.
If you feel that you received a parking ticket in error, you may contact the Mayor's Court with your questions. The police department will not excuse a parking ticket.
Contesting a Parking Ticket in Court
You certainly have the right to contest a parking ticket. It is Prima Facie evidence that the registered owner of a vehicle is responsible for a parking citation where no driver or operator was present. Cases are heard in the Brooklyn Heights. Mayor’s Court before the Mayor or a Magistrate. To contest a ticket, simply show up in court on the date listed on your citation. Court costs may be added which must be paid at the time of court 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
Vehicles may not be parked on Village streets between the hours of 3 to 5 am.
Parking Ban During Snow Storms
Vehicles may not be parked on Village streets when snow fall exceeds 2 inches. Snow removal crews need the Village streets clear of vehicles in order to effectively plow and salt them.
The Village of Brooklyn Hts supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Handicapped parking is marked with signs or marked stalls in the municipal lots, Village Park, and some local businesses. Please observe these signs to assist our elderly and disabled citizens. This area will be strictly enforced!
Municipal Parking Lots
There is no overnight parking in municipal lots.
You may not park on private property without the owner's permission.
Private Lawn Areas
You may not park on any residential front or side yard lawn areas.
You may not park in posted fire lanes. This is a serious safety hazard and will be strictly enforced.
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 owners expense. Likewise, you can’t store these vehicles in the open on your property.
Do not leave your vehicle running and unattended. This is a parking violation and is an easy opportunity for an auto thief. 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 owners 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’ of a crosswalk
- Within 10’ of a fire hydrant
- Within 50’ of railroad crossing
- Across from fire station or within 20’ of it’s entrance
- On any expressway
If you have any questions, call us at (216) 741-2700 and ask to speak to an officer.