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Q:  Where can I find the City of Pittsfield Parking Ordinances?

A:  The City of Pittsfield Parking Ordinances can be found by clicking here.


Q: Where do I find the M.G.L. Section 20A½ of Chapter 90?

A:  M.G.L. Section 20A½ of Chapter 90 can be found by clicking here.


Q:  If I have a handicap placard, can I park anywhere?

A:  Yes.  You must still obey all other City of Pittsfield parking ordinances as they are fully enforced.


Q:  Where do I obtain an application for a handicap placard?

A:  You may apply for a handicap placard at any Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.  Please contact the RMV directly at 1-800-858-3926 for more information.


Q:   Where can I park in downtown Pittsfield?

A:  City of Pittsfield parking options include multi-spaced metered parking for on-street and off-street throughout the downtown area, one parking garage, several parking lots and side streets.

Q: What are my options for metered on-street and off-street parking?

A: Metered on-street parking can be found on North, South, School, Federal, Fenn and Wahconah Streets, and Park Square during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Metered off-street parking is available in the Depot Lot (located next to the McKay Street Parking Garage) and First Street Parking Lot (across from the First Street Common) and the Summer Parking lot is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Q: What are the costs?

A: For both on and off-street metered parking the first 30 minutes are free. For on-street parking, the cost is $1 an hour. For off-street parking, the cost is 50 cents an hour. Free parking is available after 4p.m. and weekends.
Q: Is there still free parking downtown?

A: 
Absolutely! There is free timed parking for nearly 400 spaces in downtown. They can be found on Pomeroy Avenue, Bartlett Avenue, Wendell Avenue, Church Street, West Street, Eagle Street, Depot Street, Summer Street, Melville Street, Union Street, Bradford Street, Linden Street, Madison Avenue,
and Kent Avenue. Also there are numerous parking lots throughout the downtown that offer free parking with time limits.
These include the Showplace Lot, 436 North Street; Melville Street Parking Lot, across from the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires; Gateway Parking Lot, located on South Street next to the Colonial Theatre; and free parking is available after 4 p.m. and weekends.

Q:How to use a multi-space parking meter?

A:
As the name suggests, this particular type of meter will provide parking
accommodations for multiple vehicles. The solar-powered meters are located every
eight to ten spaces within a city block. This will typically amount to one kiosk per
block. To get started, enter your license plate number in the meter. Once you have entered your license plate number, follow the prompts for your expected time of stay and form of payment. The meter technology is connected with the city's License Plate Recognition (LPR) system allowing city parking attendants to scan license plates to monitor parking compliance throughout the city.
You can pay by coin, credit card or smart phone application. You will receive a receipt and then your transaction is complete. There is no need to display a ticket in your car.

Q: Do I have to pay at the nearest meter?

A: 
No, if you are parking on street, you can pay at any on-street parking multi-space
parking meter. If you are parking off-street in a parking lot, you can pay at any multispace meter in that lot.

Q: What about the McKay Street Parking Garage?

A: 
The McKay Street Parking Garage serves as a primary location for business and residential permit parking holders. The garage is accessible via Depot Street and McKay Street. Permitted daytime parking is available 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free parking is available to the public after 4 p.m. and on weekends.

 

Q:  Does the City offer permit parking?

A:  The City of Pittsfield offers permit parking, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 12:00 AM, and residential overnight permit parking, between the hours of 12:00 AM and 7:00 AM, in all municipal public parking lots.  Please contact the Department of Public Utilities Administration Office at (413) 499-9330 to verify space availability in the parking lot of interest.  Most of our lots do have waiting lists, but you can be added to the list.  As vacancies become available, we will call you to come to the DPU Administration Office in City Hall to issue a permit to you.  You will need to complete either a Parking Permit Application or a Resident Overnight Parking Permit Application and pay (check or cash only) for the first month’s payment.  You will then be mailed a bill for your parking permit on a monthly basis.  For additional questions about parking permits, please call (413) 499-9330.

Q:  Which City parking lots are for permit parking only?

A:  The City operates seven lots with Permit Parking available:

Lot 1:     This lot is nestled between the Senior Center (Council on Aging), the Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club, the CYC and the YMCA.  There are 31 reserved and 7 handicap spaces available for use by Senior Center members only, permits may be obtained at the Senior Center.  There are also 38 regular spaces available for the public by permit parking only.

Lot 2:     This lot is located at the corners of East Street and Willis Street adjacent to the Girls Inc. facility.  This lot contains 52 reserved and 2 handicap parking spaces available by permit only.

Lot 3:     This lot located on the corner of Fenn Street and First Street with entrances on Fenn Street (across from City Hall), First Street and Pearl Street; contains 145 regular and 1 handicap parking space reserved for the public by permit parking only.

Lot 5:     The McKay Street Parking Garage is located just off North Street on McKay Street (GPS Coordinates 42.4496, - 73.2547).  This center is our largest parking area with 912 reserved spaces including 21 handicap spaces inside and an external flat lot with 104 regular spaces available by permit only.

Lot 5B:  The rooftop of the McKay Street Parking Garage, located just off North Street on McKay Street with 208 reserved and 4 handicap parking spaces available by permit only.

Lot 6:     This lot is located on South Street next to the Colonial Theater.  This lot contains 18 reserved and 2 handicap spaces available by permit parking only.

Lot 7:     The Summer Street Parking Lot (GPS Coordinates 42.452638, - 73.2540) contains permit and public parking.

Q:  Where can I pay my parking ticket?

A:  You can pay your parking ticket online at our Online Payment Center.   There is a small fee to pay directly from your checking account.  Please note that a convenience fee will be charged for credit card payments.  Parking tickets can also be paid at the Tax Collector’s Office at City Hall or mailed.  Please do not mail cash.  Per Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90, Section 20A, all tickets must be paid within 21 days.  A $5.00 late fee is added on the 22nd day.  If your ticket remains unpaid, your license and/or registration may be marked for nonrenewable with the Registry of Motor Vehicles and an additional $5.00 fee for costs and $20.00 for the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be added to each unpaid ticket.

Remember do not ignore a Parking Ticket.  Tickets must be paid with the 21 days to avoid the late fees.


Q:  What do I do if I believe I was unfairly issued a parking ticket?

A:  If you believe you have been unfairly issued a parking ticket, you may appeal the ticket in writing by completing a Parking Ticket Appeal Form.  This appeal must be received within the original 21 days of the issuance of this ticket.  If you do not wish to download the form, you may send a letter with your name, address, registration number, parking ticket number and the violation number to the Parking Hearing Officer.


Q:  I appealed a violation in writing and was denied. How do I request a hearing date?

A:  You may contact the Tax Collector at (413) 499-9431 within 10 days of the date of the denial letter.  You must bring any new additional evidence not provided with the written appeal to the scheduled hearing date.  You must appear for your hearing.  We do not reschedule hearings.  The Hearing Officer’s decision is final.


Q: I am marked at the Registry of Motor Vehicles for non-renewal of my driver's license and/or registration because of outstanding parking tickets in the City of Pittsfield. What do I need to do to clear the marks?

A:  When you are marked at the Registry of Motor Vehicles for non-renewal you must pay all outstanding parking tickets with the City of Pittsfield in order to receive a Registry Release Form.  Payments can be made in person by cash, money order or credit card; by mail - money order only or through the internet via our Online Payment Center.  If payment is made by check, you will not receive a Registry Release Form until the check is cleared which could take up to 3 weeks.  No Registry Release Forms will be given unless all outstanding tickets are paid in full.

If payment is done on line with a credit card, your vehicle may be unmarked electronically within 2 hours of the payment.  If two hours have elapsed and you are still marked at the RMV please contact Kelley & Ryan Associates directly at 1-800-491-9788 to request that the marks be cleared.


Q:  I have already paid a ticket. Why am I being charged for it again?

A:  If you believe you have paid a ticket that you are being billed for you must contact the Tax Collector via telephone at (413) 499-9431 or via email at llewis@cityofpittsfield.org.  The Tax Collector will request that you submit proof of payment, a receipt or if payment was made by check, a copy of the front and back of the cancelled check.  Credit will be given to the account once the research is done and the proof of payment is verified.


Q:  What do I do if my vehicle has been booted?

A:  If your vehicle has been booted, please contact the Tax Collector’s Office between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday (except holidays).  A $20.00 boot fee must be paid, cash or money order only, along with all outstanding parking ticket fees/fines in order to have the boot removed.


Q:  What do I do if my vehicle is missing?

A:  If your car is missing, it may have been towed.  All vehicle tows are contracted with private towing companies and are logged in a police log.  To contact the Police Department Dispatch Desk please call (413) 448-9700 and an officer will assist you. 

Please note:  All towing and storage charges, as well as boot fees and all outstanding parking ticket fees/fines, must be paid with cash or money order before the vehicle can be released.


 

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