Red Flag Parking Restrictions


ABOUT RED FLAG PARKING RESTRICTIONS

In 2009, the Pasadena City Council unanimously accepted the recommendation of the Public Safety Committee to implement the proposed restrictions on parking within the urban-wildland interface (UWI) on days of extreme fire hazard, also known as Red Flag days.

Streets where parking is restricted on Red Flag days are posted with appropriate “No Parking” signs. If signs are not posted, that street is not affected.

In order to receive personalized notifications of Red Flag Parking Restrictions and other emergency notifications from the City of Pasadena, please register Register for Red Flag warnings with the Pasadena Local Emergency Alert System (PLEAS):

Please send comments and questions to: redflagparking@cityofpasadena.net

Red Flag Parking Restrictions – Questions & Answers

Red Flag Days are declared by the National Weather Service when:

1) Relative Humidity 15 percent or less with either sustained winds of 25 mph or greater or frequent gusts of 35 mph or greater for a duration of 6 hours or more;

2) Relative Humidity 10 percent or less for a duration of 10 hours or more; or,

3) Widespread and/or significant dry lightning. The Fire Chief may also declare a Red Flag Day in response to an extreme hazard.

The National Weather Service recently separated the San Gabriel Valley, including Pasadena, from the San Fernando and Santa Clarita areas, so historic data is not readily available. However, the Fire Department believes that no more than 30-45 days of parking will be restricted, as a worse case. More realistically, we believe 10-15 days to be a reasonable estimate of average conditions.

There are a number of ways to know:

1) Residents can sign up for personalized notifications through the Pasadena Local Emergency Alert System (PLEAS);

2) Signs posted at major intersections leading into areas with restricted parking will indicate Red Flag restrictions;

3) Media reports generally report Red Flag conditions; and,

4) Information posted on the City of Pasadena’s website, http://www.cityofpasadena.net.

The Fire Department appreciates your efforts to ease our access. However, trading one blockage that potentially only affects one house for a blockage that potentially affects many is problematic. To continue your fire safety efforts, the Fire Department would request that you move your vehicles to the nearest unrestricted parking in the area.

The stop and start of the Red Flag conditions will be determined by the weather as predicted by the National Weather Service. Red Flag notices will generally be sent as “until further notice” with a cancellation notice in the future. In the event an end time can be announced with the Red Flag notice, it may be subject to extensions as needed.

The Department of Transportation states that overnight parking permits are not restricted to parking only in front of one address. Overnight parking permits would be valid for parking in any nearby unrestricted, legal parking space.

Commercial delivery vehicles parked in front of the receiving property for no more than 15 minutes would be exempt, as well as City vehicles during the course of their duties. Landscape maintenance, home maintenance, plumbing, or similar contractors are exempt provided such contractor maintains the proper City business license, the vehicle is parked at the address receiving maintenance for no more than 60 minutes and only while the driver is in attendance. All others would be subject to the restrictions.

No matter how reasonable the justification may seem, creating a potential blockage in the street on days of extreme hazard is an unacceptable hazard for the entire community. Residents would be encouraged to find alternative unrestricted parking if they are vacationing during periods expected to be of high risk. Also, neighbors could cooperate to move vehicles, as well.

No matter how reasonable the justification may seem, creating a potential blockage in the street on days of extreme hazard is an unacceptable hazard for the entire community. Frequently, this situation is caused by “converted” garages. As a long-term alternative to the inconvenience of restricted parking, homeowners could evaluate re-converting their garage back to its intended use.

No matter how reasonable the justification may seem, creating a potential blockage in the street on days of extreme hazard is an unacceptable hazard for the entire community. A neighbor or caregiver could move the vehicle when the resident arrives home.

Red Flag restricted parking is treated in a manner equivalent to a Fire Lane. In order to allow residents to become comfortable with the new requirement, the City is using a phased approach, as follows:

1. The first 3 Red Flag notifications or first 10 days, whichever is less, vehicles parked in restricted areas would receive warnings;

2. The next 3 Red Flag notifications or 10 days, whichever is less, vehicles parked in restricted areas would receive tickets; and, Thereafter vehicles parked in restricted areas would be ticketed and towed.

No, Pasadena Glen is not within the City of Pasadena.

Generally, there should be no impact. Pasadena Police discourages public parking in bordering neighborhoods. Those that do park are subject to all parking restrictions and would be subject to Red Flag restrictions as well. For residents who may plan parties during Rose Bowl events, the resident would need to make their parking plans accordingly.