The City of Albany Municipal Code Section 9-10.17 defines curb markings to indicate restrictions or prohibition to park at designated areas. Number 5 of this section states:
"5. Blue. Shall mean disabled persons' parking only; the locations and time restrictions shall be set forth by resolution of the City Council. No person shall park or stand any vehicle in a disabled persons' parking zone, (blue curb), unless the vehicle bears a special license or displays a special placard, issued under the provision of Section 9105 or Section 22511.5 of the California Vehicle Code."
Following are the City of Albany's procedures to apply for an ADA blue curb and sign in front of your property. Blue curbs are reserved for vehicles displaying Disabled placards or Disabled persons license plate from any state. Fines for vehicles parking at a Disabled parking place without a placard are set by the State of California and begin at $307.
Blue Curb Policy in Residential Areas
- Requests for painting a blue curb shall be submitted in writing to the Traffic and Safety Commission for consideration.
- Such request will be placed on the agenda of an upcoming Traffic and Safety Commission meeting. Notice of the public meeting will be sent to property owners and residents on both sides of the street within 150 feet of the subject property. In addition, a notice shall also be posted on the subject property. The notice shall be sent and posted at least 10 days prior to the meeting and shall describe the request and provide the date, time and location of the Traffic and Safety Commission meeting.
- In evaluating the request, the Traffic and Safety Commission should consider whether the applicant has demonstrated a need for the parking space that outweighs preservation of such space for public use. Criteria for determining such a need or impact shall include:
a. Proof of disabled persons’ parking permit (i.e., copy of DMV disabled persons’ parking placard and vehicle registration document to ensure linkage between disabled individual and the registered vehicle);
b. Inadequate on-site parking at disabled person’s residence;
c. Lack of reasonable parking alternatives;
d. Current parking conditions within the neighborhood (e.g., parking survey or photos taken during various days and times); and
e. Any other information deemed necessary by the Commission.
- If the Traffic and Safety Commission finds that such a blue curb is appropriate, they shall require the following conditions:
a. Applicant must bear the cost of painting and repainting the parking space per the City’s Master Fee Schedule.
b. Applicant must demonstrate a continued need for the blue curb on an annual basis by providing City staff with a copy of the current DMV placard. If the applicant is no longer eligible for a DMV disabled persons’ parking placard, the permit shall lapse and the blue curb will be painted out by City Staff at the applicant’s expense.
- The City shall maintain a list of disabled persons’ parking approvals and the date on which it was granted to help ensure the annual renewal process.