What are the legal parking distances from crosswalks, driveways, fire hydrants, and other vehicles?
State Statute requires all vehicles park no closer than 15 feet from a crosswalk, 4 feet from a driveway unless otherwise indicated by a sign, 10 feet from a fire hydrant unless otherwise indicated by a sign, or 2 feet from the front or back of other vehicles.
Why did my vehicle receive a parking ticket but the vehicle behind or in front of mine did not?
Our officers issue citations through certain areas at different times of the night. The vehicles around yours may not have been parked there when the officer came through.
What can I do if my vehicle breaks down on the street and is unable to be moved?
You must take all reasonable measures to have your vehicle towed off of the street to get it repaired. In extreme circumstances you can contact the Eau Claire Communications Center and request permission to leave your vehicle overnight. (This will not automatically exempt you from receiving a parking ticket. The burden will be on you to provide proof showing the issue and all attempts made to remedy it prior to receiving the ticket.)
How am I supposed to know all the parking regulations?
It is the responsibility of every motor vehicle operator to know and understand all laws and ordinances that pertain to parking. This is a responsibility that a driver assumes when receiving a driver’s license. Lack of knowledge does not exempt anyone from a citation.
I am not from Eau Claire; how am I supposed to know the parking regulations?
Most parking regulations for the City of Eau Claire are adopted from Wisconsin State Statute and are therefore the same across the State of Wisconsin. You can access the parking regulations for the City of Eau Claire 24 hours per day on this website.
I have parked here before and didn’t receive a ticket; why did I receive a ticket now?
Although the Eau Claire Police Department attempts to enforce all parking violations, it is not possible for all areas of the City of Eau Claire to be monitored at all times due to staffing levels and call volume. Certain areas of the City are monitored more closely due to parking volume, increased traffic and citizen complaints. Simply because you have not received a ticket before does not mean you are not in violation.
Why isn’t the curb painted yellow if it is a “No Parking” area?
There is no legal requirement for the painting of curbs. The time and cost of painting every “No Parking” area in the City of Eau Claire is not feasible. The select curbs that are painted are done so to provide an additional visible reminder in higher traffic areas as a courtesy to citizens. Drivers are responsible for knowing and obeying the required distances from statutorily defined areas and objects.
I sold my vehicle and did not remove the license plates, now I am receiving notice of parking tickets for that vehicle. What can I do?
In Wisconsin the seller of a vehicle is responsible for removing the vehicle’s license plates before selling the vehicle to another individual. You are responsible for contacting the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to clear up this matter. The Eau Claire Police Department does not have the ability to remedy issues involving vehicle title and registration.
When is a posted private parking lot enforced?
The property owner or designee of a privately posted parking lot can contact the Eau Claire Police Department at his or her discretion to have vehicles ticketed and/or towed from the lot.
I parked on the street prior to temporary “no parking” signs being placed for a special event. How can I be responsible for the ticket and/or tow bill that I received?
The city of Eau Claire posts temporary “no parking” signs 24 hours in advance of each special event according to state law. Any vehicles that are parked in that area after the 24 hour notice are subject to ticket and tow. It should also be noted that any parking of a vehicle on public roads cannot exceed 24 hours at any time.
Why did my vehicle receive a ticket when others did not?
There are a variety of reasons why this may have occurred. Officers may begin issuing parking tickets in an area and then get called away before being able to ticket other vehicles in violation in that area, the owner of another vehicle may have already removed the ticket or the owner may have parked the vehicle after the area was ticketed.
Why are parking violations in some areas of the City of Eau Claire monitored more closely than others?
Although the Eau Claire Police Department attempts to enforce all parking violations, it is unreasonable to expect that all areas of the City of Eau Claire can be enforced completely and equally at all times due to limitations on staffing and call volume. Some areas of the City of Eau Claire are monitored more closely due to higher vehicle density, more pedestrian traffic and specific citizen complaints.