Due to the size and nature of the streets in Avalon and the characteristics and nature of the City itself, the City has established special rules regulating the size, number, noise, speed, and classes of vehicles used, permitted, or operated on the streets.
Types of Vehicles Permitted:
Autoettes are the most abundant vehicles on the Island. The Avalon Municipal Code establishes regulations regarding types and sizes of autoettes permitted. Gas vehicles may not exceeding 130 inches in length and vehicles categorized as NEV/LSV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicles/Low Speed Vehicles) may not exceed 138 inches. The Code permits one autoette to be registered to each residence. Autoettes may also be assigned to businesses for commercial use.
In an effort to reduce the number of full size vehicle permits on the Island, two existing residential vehicle permits must leave the Island in order for a new one to be issued. Similarly, for commercial full size vehicle permits, one vehicle must leave the Island in order for a new permit to be issued. Waitlists for residents and business owner's interested in procuring a full size vehicle permit are maintained at City Hall.
City of Avalon Vehicle Code
The Vehicle Code provides a more detailed overview of vehicles and the process by which they may be permitted. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Vehicle Clerk.
- What are the length requirements for an autoette and a regular sized vehicle?
An autoette can measure no more than 130 inches in length (including the bumpers), and 55 inches in width. A full size vehicle can measure no more than 200 inches in length (including the bumpers), and 80 inches in width. There is no maximum weight limitation.
- Can I bring a vehicle over to the Island and drive it without a permit if I have off street parking?
No. Section 4-4.1702 of the Municipal Code states that no automobile, truck, or autoette shall be operated or parked within the City unless a vehicle permit has been obtained.
- Is there a waiting list to bring a vehicle over to the Island? How many lists does the City maintain?
Right now the City maintains three separate waiting lists for vehicles:
- A residential vehicle waiting list
- A commercial vehicle waiting list
- An interior commercial vehicle waiting list
- How long is the wait to bring a vehicle over to the Island?
No one can say for sure how long it takes for a name to come off any one of the three waiting lists. Two permits must be ineligible for renewal, or voluntarily surrendered, before a new residential (blue sticker) permit is issued. A commercial or interior commercial permit is issued any time a single existing permit is not renewed.