New Parking Plan

For the Downtown Vehicle Parking District of Norfolk, NE

Parking Reorganization Plan/Policy
Effective Date October 1, 2013

See Parking Lot Maps

Purpose:

The purpose of this plan is to provide organization for parking in the downtown and give businesses and residents in the downtown a parking enforcement tool to utilize as needed.  The plan is designed to provide a  designated parking area for all employees and residents in the downtown and allow for customer parking in the spaces closest to the entrances of businesses they are patronizing. This policy will be reviewed for revisionby the Vehicle Parking District board annually or as needed.

Parking will be provided for customers, employees and residents in the downtown as follows:

Customer Parking:

Customer parking is free parking with no cost or fee to customers.

Customer parking will be permitted on all streets in the downtown and in those areas in parking lots marked as set aside for customers. Customer parking in the parking lots will be clearly marked with white striping and green signage that clearly provides information on the color coding plan used for marking customer parking and employee/resident only parking.

Employee and Resident Parking:

Employee and Resident parking is provided for with areas set aside in parking lots for which a permit per parking space must be purchased.

Employee and Resident parking will be off street parking.  This off street parking for employees and residents will be in “permit- required” parking areas of designated parking lots in the downtown vehicle parking district. Employee parking areas in these lots will be clearly marked with yellow striping and red signage clearly designating these areas as reserved for employee permit parking only. Resident parking areas in these lots will be clearly marked with blue striping and blue signage clearly designating these areas as reserved for resident permit parking only. Employees and residents will pay a parking fee and receive a permit tag to hang on the rear view mirrors of their vehicles.  Permit tags are required to be clearly visible at all times employees and residents are using a permit required parking space.  Employees and residents are allowed to park in downtown spaces other than their designated areas when they are customers in the downtown.

Employee/Resident Parking Rates:

Parking fee rate will be effective for one year periods of time and will be set or renewed annually by the Downtown Vehicle Parking District board an advisory/recommendation board to the City of Norfolk.

The annual rate is as follows:

  • $15.00 per quarter/ $55.00 per year (one month free on one year fee payments received in advance)

The calendar year for the fee is October 1st through September 30th of the following year.  Anyone interested in purchasing a permit should contact the City of Norfolk at (402) 844-2000.

Downtown Businesses and Residents located within the Vehicle Parking District boundaries will be given first priority for space in the Vehicle Parking District owned parking lots.
Notification of priority policy must be given to those outside the district boundaries who rent space prior to renting of such space to them.

Enforcement:

Vehicles parked in customer parking areas for more than 2 hours, whether on street or off street or in reserved employee/resident parking will be given a courtesy card for a first time offense.  The courtesy card has information reminding the driver of the vehicle not to park in the customer, employee or resident parking area and provides contact information for obtaining a parking space and parking permit in the downtown.
Vehicles that continue to park in free customer, employee or resident parking after receiving a courtesy card notice on their vehicle will be ticketed by Norfolk Police Department.

All Businesses in the downtown are provided courtesy cards to place on vehicle windows and are the reporting agents to contact Norfolk Police Department to report vehicles that are repeat offenders parking in customer designated parking or employee/resident parking spaces without a permit tag.

Hours of Enforcement:

Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

All parking (except for Resident Parking) is open parking and is not subject to the Parking Reorganization Plan for hours prior to 7:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or any hours on Saturday and Sunday. Parking on any downtown streets will not be permitted between the hours of 2:00 am to 7:00 am.

Customers Ticketed:

The first reported parking violation by any vehicle while parked in two hour limit parking or employee parking area in the downtown will be not be subject to a fine.  These violations will be recorded by the Norfolk Police Department and a ticket will not be issued for these violations.  All tickets for violations after the first reported violation will have a fine of $25.00 each.  This rate may be adjusted by the Vehicle Parking District.  This is to minimize the chance that any customer in the downtown will pay for a parking ticket received in the downtown.  Parking violations in Resident Parking will be ticketed for the first reported violation.

Guest Parking:

Vehicles of persons attending meetings or doing construction projects at businesses located in the downtown  during hours of parking enforcement will be allowed to park on downtown streets.   Meeting attendees or construction workers should display a “Visitor” parking tag on the rear view mirror of their vehicle.  Vehicles displaying a current “Visitor” parking tag in their vehicle will not be ticketed.   Visitor parking tags will be provided to businesses by the Vehicle Parking District board upon request.  Businesses conducting meetings or with construction projects will be responsible for contacting the Vehicle Parking District board and ensuring that vehicles of those attending meetings or doing construction at their business have a “Visitor” tag.  To obtain “Visitor” parking tags contact the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce at (402) 371-4862.

Effective Date: October 1, 2013

The Vehicle Parking District reserves the right to make changes to this policy as needed.