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You can report illegal parking. You can also report the improper use of a parking permit.

You can report non-emergency vehicles and motorcycles that are:

  • Violating any posted parking regulation
  • Double parked or parked over 7 days in the same spot
  • Blocking a bus stop, crosswalk, hydrant, sidewalk, bike lane, or parking space for people with disabilities

You can also report commercial vehicles, including construction equipment, that are parked overnight on a residential street.

What Happens Next

Officers from your local police precinct will respond when they are not handling emergency situations.

Intercity buses operate scheduled, low-cost transportation options into or out of New York City.

You can report an intercity or interstate bus that is:

  • Violating a posted parking regulation
  • Double parked
  • Parked at a bus stop for over 15 minutes
  • Blocking a crosswalk, hydrant, sidewalk, or parking space reserved for people with disabilities
  • Illegally picking up or dropping off passengers at non-permitted locations

The following are not considered intercity buses:

  • School buses
  • Buses providing public transportation (MTA)
  • Exempt private bus operators under contract with a local government to provide public transportation

What Happens Next

Officers from your local police precinct will respond when they are not handling emergency situations.

If a booted vehicle is parked in an illegal spot, the Department of Finance (DOF) must be notified immediately.

Illegal parking includes vehicles that are double parked, as well as those parked:

  • At a bus stop
  • In a no standing Zone
  • In a no stopping Zone
  • On the sidewalk
  • In a crosswalk
  • Blocking a pedestrian ramp
  • At a hydrant

You can contact DOF to report the illegally parked booted vehicle. You must provide the vehicle plate number, description, and location.

Call 311 for assistance by phone.

Parking and traffic rules are listed in "The New York City Traffic Rules and Regulations," which is Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the "Rules of the City of New York." Detailed information about all parking regulations is available online.

Learn about New York City parking regulations.

The following is a partial list of parking rules and regulations:

Double Parking

It is illegal to double park passenger vehicles at all times. Commercial vehicles may double park to make quick pick-ups, deliveries, or service calls during posted hours only. More details are in the City's traffic rules in Chapter 4, Section 4-08, subdivision (f), paragraph (1) of the Rules of the City of New York.

Parking by a Fire Hydrant

It is illegal to park within 15 feet of either side of a fire hydrant. The painted curbs at hydrant locations do not show where a vehicle can park.

Parking by a Standpipe

A standpipe is the two-headed pipe in front of every mid-rise and high-rise building in New York City. It is often red, but could be another color. Standpipes are not considered hydrants. You can park in front of a standpipe.

Parking in the Same Spot for Over Seven Days

Unless a posted sign says otherwise, you may not leave a vehicle parked in the same spot for more than seven days in a row. This rule includes spots in all types of neighborhoods, including residential areas.

Commercial Vehicle Street Storage and Overnight Parking

Unless posted signs say otherwise, commercial vehicles may not be parked on any street for more than 3 hours. Commercial vehicles may not park on a residential street between 9 PM and 5 AM.

Definition of a Commercial Vehicle or Truck

The City's definition of commercial vehicles and trucks determines how you can park and operate your vehicle on City roadways. Yellow taxis and vehicles with TLC plates are not considered commercial vehicles.

New York City Traffic Rules define trucks and commercial vehicles as:

  • Truck: any vehicle or combination of vehicles designed for the transportation of property that has 2 axles and 6 tires, or 3 or more axles. At least one of the vehicles has commercial plates.
  • Commercial Vehicle: any vehicle with commercial plates that has been permanently altered to facilitate the transportation of property, and that has the registrant's name on the door or side panels.

School Bus Parking

A school bus is not considered a commercial vehicle. According to the City's Traffic Rules, school buses can park at any time, including overnight, at a parking spot in front of and within the building lines of a public or private school.

Motorcycle Parking

When you park a motorcycle, motor scooter, or moped, you must follow the same rules that apply to other vehicles. It is illegal to park motorcycles, motor scooters, and mopeds on the sidewalk.

You may park a motorcycle, motor scooter, or moped at an angle to the curb. If you park at an angle, at least one wheel must touch the curb and no portion of the vehicle may be more than 6 feet from the curb.

RV or Motor Home Parking

If you park an RV or motor home in a metered space, you only need to pay the front meter. Different rules apply if the RV or motor home is registered for commercial use.