Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Is it constitutional for a large, wealthy, suburban municipality to prohibit residential parking 24/7 everywhere?

I have a soliciting job knocking on residential doors and signing up willing homeowners for free appointments. I try to be pleasant and conduct myself in a lawful manner.

My company pays significant $ to the township for legal permits to do so, but I see no way to do my job if I am not allowed street parking. Streets in these neighborhoods are reasonably wide, neighborhoods in most cases well separated from business areas, so no one would be tempted to park and commute. I don't think any of the usual and reasonable congestion, pollution, or safety issues apply here. Can this really be Constitutional?

The other day, I had to beg permission from someone in a bordering rural area to park on his land, then walk 15 minutes to my neighborhood. I see no legitimacy for Cranberry Township's extreme and absolute prohibition on parking. Do you?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: It is constitutional though I wonder what happens if the UPS driver stops or if people have out of town guests unless everyone has a large driveway. Can they? Sure.

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