Increased enforcement, higher fines for residential parking in Annapolis

| July 5, 2016

no-parkingIf you have skirted paying for parking in a residential neighborhood in Annapolis, it may cost you a bit more. The new parking management company, SP+, will be employing license plate recognition technology and the City Council voted to increase the fines significantly.

Mayor Michael Pantelides announced that SP+ will begin more efficient parking enforcement on residential streets beginning on Monday, July 11, 2016. 

SP+ will be utilizing new License Plate Recognition technology, which will be mounted on two enforcement vehicles and will allow for a more accurate reading of license plates on vehicles that have been parked illegally in a residential district. By mounting the technology on vehicles, enforcement officers can cover routes faster and more efficiently than they previously have on foot.

Residents have requested that the city impose stiffer penalties for individuals who park beyond permitted time limits in residential parking districts.  In the past the fine was $35.00 for each violation, but City Council adopted a new fine schedule and SP+ will be enforcing the schedule:

  • Fine for initial offense: $40.00 (Two times the daily maximum garage fee)
  • Second violation in a one year period: $70.00
  • Third violation in a one year period: $105.00
  • Fourth violation (or greater) in a one year period: $140.00

Mayor Pantelides asked SP+ to work with local business owners to ensure that employees have options for affordable parking and don’t rely on residential parking as an option.  SP+ is revitalizing a program that allows employees of local businesses to park at specific garages for $2 a day between certain hours.  SP+ is meeting with local business owners to tailor the program to best fit the needs of their employees.  

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  1. Tyson says:

    Raising parking ticket prices won’t do anything but make people angry. Instead, why not focus on providing more parking options for those who work downtown? There is enough retail and restaurant business (not 9-5 jobs) in downtown Annapolis where parking options that don’t require a 2 mile shuttle service (Park Place garage) would be helpful to all. I’ll stop parking in two hour parking spots to go make a living and serve the community when a better option is made available to me. As of now, the city makes minimal effort to provide anything of the sort. Discounted parking garage rates and more available nine hour parking (although what’s available now is dangerous- poorly lit, distanced from more traveled areas of town) would be a start.

    • Tyson says:

      *I should say, there is enough retail and restaurant businesses in downtown Annapolis where the only parking options for IT’S EMPLOYEES are a two mile shuttle service from the Park Place garage and nine-hour parking dangerously unlit and isolated from the rest of town. We get stuck between a rock and a hard place- residents want their spaces to be available when they get home and visitors need places to park, too. For employees who work long hours (10am – to as late at 2am), the parking options are just not reasonable.

      • Clare says:

        I understand your concerns. It’s true hospitality, and retail workers work long hours in downtown, so do the residents. Some of us payt at least $200 a month to get to work and have to walk over a mile to pick up the bus to DC before sunrise. We all make choices, we all work hard. Talk to your boss about the parking garages or later running shuttles see if the more convenient garages will work out a better rate as a group, walk to King George’s st with a friend or carpool. Yes it’s tough, it’s a job and sure the parking is a pain. We residents pay to park on the street, every year we pay for a permit. We also pay pretty steep property taxes to live downtown this is our choice. I’m sorry if you feel the parking isn’t reasonable. I for one will be glad to see people following the parking rules, and the city enforcing them.

  2. Annapolis worker says:

    I was told enforcement began June 27, as I received a ticket from SP last week. I was also told that the number of tickets begins from January 1 so if you’ve already gotten 3 tickets, your next one will be $140. I was also under the impression that fines would not stop at $140 and could exceed that and after the 5th ticket they could tow your car.

  3. Annapolis Employee says:

    The Annapolis City Council needs to provide much more reasonable parking for the employees of the businesses in Annapolis…as well as the visitors to Annapolis! If more reasonable parking cannot be made available, then employees will CHOOSE to seek employment elsewhere and visitors and customers will CHOOSE to shop elsewhere! I’m pretty sure that the retail shops and restaraunts don’t pay their employees enough to also be able to afford a huge daily parking rate. I should know, as I’m one of those employees. If businesses can’t retain good, reliable employees due to the fact that parking is extremely limited then their services will decline and visitors will stop coming to Annapolis! Likewise, if visitors find parking to be very limited, they will stop going to Annapolis to shop and dine! Annapolis is a tourist destination, but if it becomes too hard to access due to a lack of parking, people will choose to work elsewhere and visitors will stop coming and the city will lose out on all the income that the businesses generate for the city! In addition, the people who have CHOSEN to buy homes in Historic Annapolis, may find that their property values decline…but hey, then maybe they won’t have to pay such high property taxes!