City parking regulations promote public safety, increase traffic flow, and accommodate people with special needs. Illegally parked vehicles can cause congestion and reduce visibility, which impedes pedestrian and traffic flow. Parking regulations are also a cost-effective way to ensure street parking capacity for residents, visitors, shoppers, and employees.
Parking regulations in the downtown district are generally intended to promote the turnover of spaces to ensure the most convenient parking is available for shorter-term customers. Parking regulations are enforced by the Police Department 24 hours per day and seven days per week. A handheld ticket-writer automates citation information, which reduces errors in data entry
Disabled Parking Spaces
The City provides equal access for persons with disabilities, regularly reviews areas for local compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and enforces restrictions that ensure accessibility to sidewalks and curbs. Persons with disabilities that limit or prevent their ability to walk are granted permission to park in specified accessible areas; these individuals are exempted, by State law, from paying parking meter fees. License plates and placards, recognized nationwide, identify a vehicle as belonging to a qualified disabled person.
The City of Crystal Lake has an ordinance that prohibits parking for all vehicles on any City street between the hours of 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM; however, permission to park on the street overnight may be granted for certain hardships. You may request permission to park on the street here or contact the Police Department directly.