On-Street Parking Regulations
Due to the limitations on retail and restaurant activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have focused on pick up, carry out, and delivery of goods and food. To make these curbside transactions go more smoothly and reduce double parking, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young is making temporary retail pick up and drop off zones available for businesses in commercial areas.
Through this new program, retail businesses including shops, restaurants, and other food establishments, along with business districts throughout the city, may request temporary pick up / drop off zones for use by customers and delivery drivers. These zones will enable residents to quickly and safely pick up purchases while ensuring frequent parking turnover so the locations remain reliably available for use.
Details of the program include:
- Businesses or business districts can apply for a Temporary Retail Pick Up / Drop Off Zone by completing a Temporary Retail Pick Up / Drop Off Zone application available here.
- Not every business can have its own zone. Businesses are encouraged to request one shared zone on a block, or over several blocks, or within a business district.
- Current valet parking zones, passenger loading zones, or truck loading zones may be converted to Temporary Retail Pick Up / Drop Off Zones.
- Applications for Temporary Retail Pick Up / Drop Off Zones will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, and as City resources allow.
- Temporary Retail Pick Up / Drop Off Zones may be removed at any time with little or no notice if circumstances dictate (i.e. the need for the zone is diminished; the need for more for parking outweighs the need for the curbside pickup zone; the zone is being abused, or the space is needed for multi-modal transportation purposes).
- There will be no fees associated with the application for or installation of these Temporary Retail Pick Up / Drop Off Zones.
The Parking Authority of Baltimore City administers the following regulations in accordance with The Baltimore City Code Article 31:
No Stopping: When associated with meter installations, at the end of the street to maintain sight distances for turning vehicles.
No Parking or No Stopping as a temporary parking management measure, except when traffic movement is involved.
No Parking (Driveway Posting): Designed to permit a vehicle to enter and exit to an off-street facility for sight distance and safety signs are installed on both sides of the driveway.
Truck Loading Zone: To assist businesses with their shipping and receiving needs with special time limitations. These are not to park service vehicles.
Passenger Loading Zone: Reserved for the exclusive purpose of expeditiously taking on or discharging of passengers within the limited time required. These zones do not allow for continuous parking.
Passenger Loading Zone in a Residential Area: If applying for a Passenger Loading Zone in front of a residence located in a residential area, please complete this addendum.
Reserved Handicap Parking: Designated spaces for any vehicle that displays special registration plates or placards for people with disabilities. This area is open to the use of the general public (designated at medical centers, nursing homes, and other public facilities)
Parking Meter Installation: Direct installations, or order the installation of parking meters on the portions of the city streets, thoroughfares, and public places for the City of Baltimore.