What are the official rules for on-street parking?

Parking is prohibited in specified places:

  • On or over the curb of any public street
  • Outside of any marked parking space lines on any public street. This does not preclude the ability to park in unmarked parking spaces provided such parking is allowed, however, it does require a vehicle parked in marked on-street parking to be contained entirely within the marked space (white lines and curbing).

The requirements of this section apply to the entire portion of the vehicle, including but not limited to side mirrors and tailgates and to any items placed on said vehicle that are not completely contained within said vehicle, including but not limited to protruding lumber or other materials.

If any portion of the vehicle or any items placed on said vehicle are within any of the prohibited parking areas set forth in the subsection above, the vehicle is parked unlawfully.

For example, if a vehicle’s side mirrors overhang onto the sidewalk or if materials protrude from the vehicle and overhang the marked parking lines, the vehicle is parked unlawfully.

It is legal to park on a city street that doesn’t have the dashed lines marked for parking as long as the road is wide enough and there is an 18-foot right of way, meaning there is 18 feet between your vehicle and the opposite curb for others to get by. There is an exception for some city streets that were accepted by the city prior to July 1, 1991, where there can be a 16-foot right of way for streets of 22 feet in width or less. In all cases, you must also be facing the direction of travel and be visible from a distance of 200 feet in each direction.

What about parking on my property?

Residential off-street parking shall consist of a parking strip, driveway, garage, stall or combination thereof (collectively referred to as “approved parking surface”).

All approved parking surfaces shall be located on the lot it is intended to serve and there shall be vehicular access from each approved parking surface by the public street via a curb cut.

All curb cuts must be approved and permitted by the City of Oak Ridge Public Works Department (see City Code 16-102). All approved parking surfaces and accesses to the public street shall meet the requirements of Article XI of the Zoning Ordinance.

The portion of the vehicular access to the public street (approved parking surface such as driveway, parking strip, etc.) that is located on the street right-of-way shall have a hard-paved surface meeting the requirements of the City Public Works Department.

Based on the topography and to prevent siltation from erosion into the street, the City may require paving the approved parking surface up to an additional ten (10) feet from the street right-of-way line (property line) into the lot.

Are there exceptions?

The City Manager or the City Manager’s designee shall have the authority to review cases for possible changes to the requirements where enforcement of this section will cause an undue hardship to the owner of the property.

What about duplexes?

For single-family detached dwellings and duplexes, the approved parking surface shall be a hard surface which is comprised of either gravel, asphalt, concrete, pavers or some combination thereof. For single-family attached dwellings with three (3) or more contiguous units and multiple-family dwellings, all approved parking surfaces shall be paved.

Under no circumstances may a vehicle parked or stored in a residential district be occupied for permanent living purposes.