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.
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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.
Right now the City maintains three separate waiting lists for vehicles:
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.
There can be a number of possible explanations. First, he could be driving an unpermitted vehicle in violation of the Municipal Code. Second, the permit for the vehicle he is driving could be assigned to another person. Third, although your neighbor does not live here, if he is in possession of a vehicle permit prior to April 18, 1989, and has continuously owned property in Avalon since that date, then his permits are grandfathered.
Residential vehicle permits can not be bought and sold. There are limited circumstances which provide for the transfer of a permit from one person to another. Please refer to Section 4-4.1707 of the Municipal Code for specific guidelines for transfer of residential permits.
When a business changes hands, a hearing before the City of Avalon Vehicle Hearing Officer is required to approve the transfer of a commercial vehicle permit. If the new owner plans on continuing the same type of business, and is in possession of a City of Avalon business license, then approval is usually granted.
An adverse decision by the Vehicle Hearing Officer can be appealed before the City Council within 15 days of the date of the written decision, and payment of a $264 appeal fee.
All residential vehicle permits expire on April 1 of each year. Interior resident vehicle permits expire on November 1 of each year. All commercial permits expire one year after the date issued.