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Nov 13

Formed Parking District--Parking Violations

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 11:42 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  Paying for a parking permit is a requirement and a social contract i see the value of and abide by. I am, however, frustrated at the lack of enforcement of this social contract. I live on a street and see constantly numerous cars that occupy available slots intended for people who live on the street and pay the parking permit fee. There are at least 5 vehicles i know of that have been parked either permanently or on and off for long stretches of time on said street, and i have had to park on a street over because these cars occupy spots and they dont have permits.

I guess i am frustrated by the fact that i am required to pay, but it seems i could have done without paying as there are no consequences for paying to park in city designated zones. Which begs the question, if the social contract is not being honored , why should i keep paying?
I am talking both about students who park in these places for class but more importantly about the ones who seem to be using these spots as theirs.

Any comment on this matter would be appreciated.

A.  If you witness vehicles parking in residential permit zones without the proper permit displayed, you can report those to Dispatch at 721-2526 and an officer will be sent to check for violations. Officers proactively enforce the residential zones, but often have to respond to calls and are committed to workloads that may not allow them to find all violations. Also, per City of Laramie Municipal Code #10.36.100 there is a time limit for anyone parking in front of or alongside another’s property—see below for details. You may call Dispatch to report violations of this code as well.

10.36.100- Parking in front of or alongside of another's property—Time limit.

It is unlawful for any person to park any vehicle for a continuous period of more than twenty-four hours on a street within the city in front of or along the side of property belonging to or occupied by another person without the express consent of the owner or occupant. The penalty for violation of this section is provided in Section 10.36.350 of this chapter. See Section 10.06.010(H) of this code concerning the city's power to have vehicles parked in violation of this section removed.

(Prior code § 23-26.1; Ord. 1120 § 2, 1993; Ord. 1436 § 3, 2004)

Nov 12

Home Remodel Permit and Plan Requirements

Posted on November 12, 2019 at 5:00 PM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  I am planning on adding an egress window, replacing two old style windows that don't open, adding a wet bar and living room to a partially finished basement that already has a bedroom and bathroom. Mostly DIY framing and finishing drywall. Concrete walls will need to be furred out and insulated before drywall is added. Plumbing and electrical will be hired out.

What permits and plans do I need and where do I get them. I don't live in Laramie. Wife now occupies house that was built in 1924 with a major remodel about 2010 or so. Do you have an example of a basement finish permit and plan so I have something to go by? Project will be done over a couple of years most likely not all at once ….thanks

A.  For information on required permits and plans, please contact Clarice at Code Administration at 307-721-5271 or email her at

Oct 21

Shell Gas Station/Gateway Liquors--Entrances/Exits

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 1:12 PM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  There are two entrances and exits for the Shell gas station/Gateway Liquors at 2471 W Jackson St. This question pertains to the entrance/exit onto and off of Cleveland street. There is little room allowed for turning off of Jackson street onto Cleveland into the gas station or proceeding further onto Cleveland with cars turning out of the parking lot. As well, pulling out of the station, turning left onto Cleveland before the stop sign, has a very short distance, and at times blocks traffic, especially for those turning onto Cleveland at the same time. This is particularly true when vehicles are pulling trailers. What is the legal distance for an entrance/exit such as this to be from a corner and highway? Does the station meet these standards? Is there supposed to be a "stop sign" placed for vehicles exiting the lot? If the station meets these guidelines, what can be done to change the location or route of traffic to reduce the bunch up, maze, and hazards that occur on this corner. Including those who rapidly depart the lot without stopping.

A.  The gas station in question was approved by the City in 2011 based on Code and Standards in place at that time and they are not obligated to make any changes now. Since then, the City has updated the policy on access spacing, and is enforcing it on future developments.