10 Things to Know About Parking Enforcement in Clearfield

10 Things to Know About Parking Enforcement in Clearfield

Posted on 11/21/2017

1. Civil vs. Criminal Enforcement

The Clearfield City Council has recently decriminalized the enforcement of parking infractions within Clearfield City boundaries. Moving the infraction from a criminal offence to a civil offence allows our Police Department to enforce our parking ordinance more efficiently while carrying a softer punishment to offenders, eliminating the possibility of jail time.

2. Winter Parking Hours

From November 1 through March 15 parking on the street is prohibited between the hours of 12:00 AM and 5:00 AM. This is to allow snow plows access to the roads in order to clear the streets, and provides safer road conditions for drivers. Parking hours will be enforced in all weather regardless of the presence of snow.

3. Towing Vehicles and Snowbound Vehicles

Any vehicle that has received four or more citations that are in default is subject to impoundment. This impoundment is at the expense and risk of the registered owner of the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle may request a hearing to determine the validity of the action.

If a vehicle that has been plowed around is left for a period of 48 hours or more the city reserves the right to impound the vehicle. This is to allow for plows to more effectively plow the roadways. 

4. Recreation Vehicles and Trailers

Any recreation vehicle or trailer cannot park on Clearfield’s roadways longer than 24 hours within a given area. This provision applies to the city block in which the RV or trailer resides. Simply moving the vehicle to the other side of the road or around the corner will not suffice. It is expected the RV or trailer will be removed from city streets within the 24 hour limit.

5. Semi-Trucks

Semi-Trucks, trailers, or truck tractors will not be permitted to park on city streets for any length of time. The truck will be deemed parked even though the motor is running if the vehicle is left longer than three minutes. Exceptions will be made for trucks loading or unloading.

6. Parking On or Across Sidewalks

Vehicles must be parked fully on a designated driveway or parking lot. If any portion of the vehicle is left over a public walk way it will be ticketed. 

7. City Parks and Parking Lots

When signs or traffic markings are erected or placed by direction of the city within a city owned and controlled parking lot, no person shall park a vehicle contrary to the signage.

8. Civil Infraction Hearing Examiner

The City has appointed the Customer Service Manager as the Civil Infraction Hearing Examiner. This person will be responsible to conduct hearings for those who want to challenge the validity of a citation. 

9. Inoperable Vehicles and Abandoned Vehicles

Vehicles (motor or any type of trailer) that are inoperable shall not be parked on the public street or in any city park or public parking lot. A vehicle is deemed mechanically inoperable if it has a flat tire, dead battery, or any mechanical problem that would prohibit the immediate starting of the engine and proceeding and stopping in a safe manner. A vehicle is also deemed inoperable if registration is not current.

If a vehicle is left unattended on a city street for a period of 48 hours or longer it will be deemed abandoned. The city then reserves the right to impound the vehicle at the registered owner’s expense.

10. How to Report Complaints

The police department will be actively enforcing parking while out on regular patrols. If a resident or business needs to file a complaint they may do so be calling dispatch (801.525.2806) or through our Code Enforcement Online Form.