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Important Ordinance and Local Regulations Updates

***New and Existing Parking Regulations for Northside and Pine Knolls***

Do you live, own property, or often visit friends in the Northside or Pine Knolls neighborhoods? If so, these new and existing parking regulations could affect you!

Unsure if you live in or visit the Northside or Pine Knolls neighborhoods? View a map of the area:

New Regulations
On Sept. 1, 2012, a new regulation will go into effect which states that maximum of four cars will be allowed on a lot; this includes parking in the side and back yard. Therefore, if more than four cars are parked on a lot, a violation notice may be given.

Owners of duplexes and triplexes may apply to the Planning Board for an exception to this regulation to allow up to six cars on a lot.

How does this affect you?
Be sure to park only in designated parking areas which means only park on clearly-defined spaces and not on grass; parking areas can be clearly defined by an all-weather surface, gravel, timbers, or planters. Also, be aware that only 40 percent of the front-yard in the Northside neighborhood, and 30 percent in the Pine Knolls neighborhood, can be designated for parking.

Violations of this regulation could result in fines of up to $100 per day until the violation is corrected.

Why do these regulations only apply to these neighborhoods?
Of all the neighborhoods in Chapel Hill, the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods have been the most negatively impacted by incompatible development. One problem associated with this type of development is the amount of cars that are being parked in the streets and on front-yards. In order to address this issue, the Town has created new regulations concerning parking. If these regulations are effective, the Town is considering implementing these Town-wide.

For more information about these parking regulations, please visit

For questions, please contact the Chapel Hill Planning Department at 919-968-2728 or email

(6/28/12) Residential Parking Permit Renewals Begin July 1st

If you live in a Town of Chapel Hill residential parking district, your parking permit is scheduled to expire on June 30. Applications for the July 2012-June 2013 year will begin being accepted Monday, July 2nd .

Residents may apply if they live on a street where parking is restricted and there is no practical way of parking off the street.

All applicants will be required to provide proof that they live within the residential parking permit zone by provid­ing proof of vehicle ownership and the following:

    Valid Motor vehicle registration card
    Valid Driver’s license
    Proof of Residency:
        Current lease with name and address on it signed by tenant and landlord (sublease requires a notarized letter from the landlord stating that you live there and who moved out) OR
        Current utility bill (within last 30 days) with your name and address on it OR
        A Warranty Deed for a home in the defined area if the home has been purchased recently and there is no utility bill available OR
        Notarized letter from your landlord with your name and address on it.

We also require that any outstanding parking citations be satisfied

Applicants for residential permits must apply in person at:

Town of Chapel Hill Parking Services 150 E. Rosemary St. Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday (We will be closed, Wednesday, July 4th ).

The fee for a residential parking permit is $25 per year. A fee will not be charged for those age 65 or older (proof of age must be provided).

Also new to the Residential Parking Permit program – 3 day and 14-day Temporary Parking Permits. These Temporary visitor passes will now available to anyone living in residential areas. Up to 10 three-day permits may be purchased in a year for $2 each. Up to five 14-day permits may be purchased each year for $10 each. Guest permits are still available for short-term parking of 24 hours or less within residential parking zones.

The Residential Parking Permit Program was created in 1978 and has since grown to include more than 15 neighborhoods. The program helps to manage parking in residential areas where nonresident parking is impacting the ability of resi­dents to park. The goal is to protect and improve the quality of life and character in the neighborhood by reducing the amount of overflow parking, discouraging cut-through traf­fic and ensuring adequate parking spaces for the residents.

Chapel Hill Police Make Multiple Arrests for Breaking or Entering to Vehicles
Posted Date: 3/29/2012

The Chapel Hill Police Department arrested 8 individuals for Felony Breaking or Entering a Vehicle during the period from March 14 through March 27, 2012. In all of these incidents, the vehicles which were broken into were either left unlocked or unsecured. Some of the vehicles contained items of value, which were stolen from inside the vehicles.

The following are some helpful tips, developed to help residents and visitors to Chapel Hill reduce the likelihood that they will become the victim of a vehicle break-in.

    Always lock your vehicle's doors/trunk and roll up the windows.
    Lock your vehicle, even when parked outside your home
    Park in well-lighted areas.
    Never leave valuables visible inside your vehicle. Take them with you when you park your vehicle or lock them inside the trunk of your car.
    Covering valuables with an item of clothing or a blanket will not stop a would-be thief from breaking into your vehicle.
    Never leave a key to your vehicle inside the vehicle. A key left inside the vehicle could result in your vehicle being stolen.
    If you notice suspicious activity around your vehicle, in a parking lot, or around your neighbor's vehicle, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY

Chapel Hill Steps Up Enforcement of Front Yard Parking Rules
Posted Date: 7/13/2011

Do you park vehicles in your front yard? To avoid a $100 per day fine, move the vehicles around back, or park them on a hard surface.

Beginning Aug. 1, the Town of Chapel Hill will implement a new pilot program to increase the enforcement of the front yard parking ordinance. The pilot program will focus on identifying violations in the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods. These neighborhoods have seen an increase in front yard parking which has an undesirable effect on the look and feel of these single-family neighborhoods.

The Town's Land Use Management Ordinance (Article 5.9.9) states that parking and drive areas must be limited to 40 percent of the front yard area and that the parking area must be clearly designated and covered with all-weather surface or gravel.

Under the pilot program, if a violation is observed, a complaint notice will be placed on-site. Then, the property owner will receive a first and final written notice of the violation through certified mail. The property owner will have 30 days from the receipt of the written notice to appeal to the Town's Board of Adjustment, if desired. If the violations are not remedied, property owners may be subjected to civil penalties of $100 per day.
If you have questions about the front yard parking pilot program, please contact the Chapel Hill Planning Department at 919-968-2728 or by email at If you have questions about Residential Parking Permits, contact Parking Services at or 919-968-2758.

Enforcement of Occupancy Limits in Rental Housing
Posted Date: 1/31/2011

The Town Of Chapel Hill wishes to notify all renters that we are actively enforcing over-occupancy issues in rental housing throughout Chapel Hill. Homes that are classified, built and zoned as Single Family Dwelling Units that are being rented out to and/or occupied by more than four unrelated persons are in violation of the Town of Chapel Hill Land Use Management Ordinance.

A single family dwelling unit is defined as "A detached dwelling consisting of a single dwelling unit only. A single-family dwelling shall be classified as a Rooming House if occupied by more than four persons who are not related by blood, adoption, marriage, or domestic partnership."

Some of the potential problems that can arise from this situation can result in tenants having to be displaced, fines and additional approvals and inspections that could require major upgrades to those homes. Students should be aware of this before signing leases for next year.


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