Persons with Disabilities- Residential Parking Spaces

Program Purpose

This is a program to provide persons with disabilities parking space in residential areas in the city (subject to certain terms and conditions).

Application Required to Participate

All applications for persons with disabilities parking spaces in residential areas shall be submitted by the applicant to the Public Works Office. 

The application shall state or provide the following items:

  • Name, address, and phone number of the disabled person
  • Vehicle license number 
  • The reason for the request
  • The persons with disabilities parking permit number
  • Copy of valid disabled person license plate number or permanent disabled person placard ID card
  • Copy of vehicle registration of an operable vehicle to be parked in the requested space owned by applicant or applicant's full-time, live-in caretaker
  • Two forms of identification evidencing address of applicant
  • Signed permission form from landlord (rental properties only)

The initial year’s approved permit shall be good for the remainder of the calendar year following approval of the City Council and including the following year through and including November 30.

Criteria for Approval or Denial

Permits shall be approved by city staff and the City Council, but subject to the following requirements:

  1. The applicant must have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 that prevents him or her from walking long distances.
  2. The applicant must produce a Disabled Person License Plate or a permanent Disabled Person Placard ID Card, with adequate identification, as required by Iowa law.
  3. The applicant must prove he or she is a full-time resident of the address in question. The applicant shall provide two forms of proof of residency including: 
    1. A rental agreement or homeowner's insurance agreement; and
    2. One other form of proof, i.e. utility bill or driver's license showing the permanent mailing address of the applicant.
  4. The applicant must prove he or she is the owner of the property or, in the alternative, must provide written permission of the owner to establish a disabled person parking stall on the street adjacent to the property.
  5.  The applicant must provide a vehicle registration in his/her own name or provide vehicle registration of his/her primary live-in caretaker who resides full-time at the applicant's address. The vehicle registration must match the proposed address adjacent to which the parking stall will be delineated.
  6. The applicant must establish that off-street parking (driveway, garage and/or parking lot) is unavailable, or where available, such parking is not accessible to persons with disabilities, as further described below:
    1. Garage specifications:
      1. If the applicant owns a lift-equipped van, the applicant must show he or she either has no garage or the garage width is less than 17 feet (interior width).
      2. If the applicant owns a passenger vehicle, the applicant must show he or she either has no garage or the garage width is less than 14 feet (interior width).
    2. Driveway specifications:
      1. If the applicant owns a lift-equipped van the applicant must show he or she either has no driveway or the driveway width is less than 17 feet, and/or the slope of the driveway is greater than 5% (1:20).
      2.  If the applicant owns a passenger vehicle, the applicant must show he or she either has no driveway or the driveway width is less than 14 feet, and/or the slope of the driveway is greater than 5% (1:20)
  7. There must not be more than one other existing disabled person parking stall in the same block within 150 feet of the applicant's address, in any direction.
  8. The surface of accessible parking spaces on streets and access aisles from street parking must not exceed a 5% slope (1:20) in any direction and no other hazardous surface condition exists in the immediate area, such as a speed bump.
  9. The applicant's residence must be adjacent to an ADA compliant corner curb ramp or the applicant's driveway must substantially comply with ADA curb ramp standards. However, if a compliant corner curb ramp does not exist or if the applicant's driveway does not substantially comply with current ADA standards, a disabled person parking stall may be still be delineated if the applicant meets all other eligibility requirements and signs a statement of understanding that the stall does not fully comply with accessibility regulations. The city will not install corner curb ramps, and will not permit or install mid-block curb ramps, for the purposes of delineating a disabled person parking stall.
  10. The proposed disabled person parking stall must not create site line or safety issues under Iowa DOT or other applicable standards.
  11. The requested parking space must not be within 40 feet of an intersection.
  12. The creation of the parking space must not otherwise violate city code.

Limitations on Use of Space

  • The disabled parking space is not a private space and may be used by other vehicles licensed to park in a disabled parking zone on a first-come first-served basis. 
  • The vehicle shall display license plates indicating the disabled status of the owner, or other state-issued indicia of disabled status. 
  • The space shall not be used for long-term storage of vehicles. Long-term storage of vehicles is defined as any vehicle parked or left standing on a public street in the same location and not driven or moved more than 14 consecutive calendar days.
  • The vehicle must be kept in good repair and shall be operational, as outlined in Iowa law and this code.