Grand Forks Municipal Parking System - Assessments

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The City of Grand Forks operates and maintains public parking ramps and surface lots downtown.   Since these facilities primarily benefit the customers, users, and employees of downtown businesses, downtown business owners receive an annual City Parking Assessment.  The assessment fills the gap between budgeted revenue and operating costs. 

2018 Parking Assessment Information & Appeals Deadline

The assessment for each business is calculated by determining the required spaces for each business as determined by Chapter 14 of City Code; businesses are then credited for each off-street space they provide on-site.  Please review the data associated with your business for accuracy.  If you believe any data is incorrect, you may appeal your assessment on that basis.  Appeals must be made in writing and must state the alleged error. 

Written appeals must be submitted to Community Development Department no later than 4:00 p.m. on December 11th , 2017. Submit written appeals to:

Community Development
Attn: Cary McMahon
255 N. 4th St.
P.O. Box 5200
Grand Forks, ND 58203

Appeals received by this deadline will be reviewed by the  City Council on December 18th, 2017.  If you submit an appeal, you will be notified directly of the time and place of the meetings.  Following the appeals process, bills for all parking assessments will be mailed out, with the first quarterly installment due by January 1st 2018.  Your actual assessment may vary slightly depending on appeal outcomes.

If you have questions or comments about the assessment process in general or about your assessment in particular, please contact Cary McMahon at 746-2661 or cmcmahon@grandforksgov.com

2018 Downtown Parking Assessment Calculations Table

For the assessment calculation, each business is categorized under one of the following options: 

(A) Residential dwellings. One (1) parking space for each two (2) dwelling units.
(B) Housing exclusively for the elderly. One (1) parking space for each three (3) units.
(C) Boarding and lodging dwellings. One (1) parking space for each two (2) persons for whom sleeping accommodations are provided.
(D) Dormitory. One (1) parking space for each four (4) persons for whom sleeping accommodations are provided.
(E) High school, trade school and commercial schools. One (1) parking space for each teacher and employee, and one (1) parking space for each five (5) students.
(F) Municipal administration buildings. Ten (10) parking spaces, plus one (1) parking space for each five hundred (500) square feet of floor area.
(G) Professional offices. One (1) parking space for each three hundred (300) square feet of floor area.
(H) Dental, medical and animal clinics/offices. One (1) parking space for each two hundred (200) square feet of floor area.
(I) Office buildings. Ten (10) parking spaces, plus one (1) parking space for each five hundred (500) square feet of floor area.
(J)\ Banks. Ten (10) parking spaces, plus one (1) parking space for each five hundred (500) square feet of floor area.
(K) Mortuary and funeral parlors. One (1) parking space for each five hundred (500) square feet of floor area.
(L) Motels and hotels. One (1) parking space for each room or suite.
(M) Automobile service stations. Four (4) parking spaces plus two (2) parking spaces for each service stall.
(N) Bowling alley. Two (2) parking spaces for each bowling lane.
(O) Theater and auditorium. One (1) parking space for each twelve (12) seats based on design capacity.
(P) Fitness centers, gyms, and dance studios. One (1) parking space for each five hundred (500) square feet of floor area.
(Q) Fraternal and lodge buildings. One (1) parking space for each two thousand (2,000) square feet of floor area.
(R) Bar, tavern, nightclub, lounge and drinking establishment. One (1) parking space for each one hundred fifty (150) square feet of floor area.
(S) Restaurants and cafes. One (1) parking space for each one hundred seventy-five (175) square feet of floor area for the first three thousand one hundred fifty (3,150) square feet, plus one (1) parking space for each three hundred fifty (350) square feet of floor area for the next three thousand one hundred fifty (3,150) square feet, plus one (1) parking space for each five hundred twenty-five (525) square feet of floor area for the next three thousand one hundred fifty (3,150) square feet, plus one (1) parking space for each seven hundred (700) square feet of floor area over nine thousand four hundred fifty (9,450) square feet.
(T) Beauty and barber shops. One (1) parking space for each two hundred (200) square feet of floor area.
(U) Retail stores and service establishments. Seven (7) parking spaces for each one thousand (1,000) square feet of floor area.
(V) Secondhand, used, and thrift retail stores. Three and one-half (3½) parking spaces for each one thousand (1,000) square feet of floor area.
(W) Furniture, appliance, and floor covering stores. One (1) parking space for each five hundred (500) square feet of floor area.
(X) Printers, newspapers, and manufacturing. One (1) parking space for each seven hundred fifty (750) square feet of floor area.
(Y) Storage, warehouse and wholesale establishments. One (1) parking space for each two thousand (2,000) square feet of floor area. Any floor totally occupied for storage is considered to fall into this category.
(Z) Travel agencies, floral shops and photography studios. One (1) parking space for each two hundred (200) square feet of floor area.
(AA) Churches, synagogues and temples. One (1) parking space for each five hundred (500) square feet of floor area.

City parking assessment ordinance can be found in its entirety online here.

 

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