City Proposes Fees For Special-Event Lawn Parking

Proposal Would Require Residents To Gain Permits For Temporary Parking Lots

Drivers attending the Indiana State Fair or a major sporting event downtown may sometimes opt to grab a parking spot in someone's yard rather than pay higher prices in a parking lot, but some city officials think people who provide parking spots should get a permit first.

Homeowners Linda Floyd and Hildermon Harris charge drivers to park in their yard during major sporting events and believe the city just wants a cut of their profits, 6News' Ericka Flye reported.

"We are 215 steps from (Lucas Oil Stadium), a two-minute walk. Who would not want to park on our property?" Floyd said.

Floyd and Harris said they live on prime real estate for parking and have been turning a profit during major events for years.

"The city has ignored us all these years," Harris said.

City leaders are proposing that residents pay a $75 fee if they want to turn their yards into parking lots.

"(The city) has the audacity to come in our area and tell us what we can and cannot do on private property. It's unfair, and we want it stopped," Floyd said.

Adam Collins, of the Department of Code Enforcement, said the proposal would require residents in certain areas to buy a permit if they want to use their yards for parking or for vendor activities during special events.

"It's legitimizing the industry. It gives homeowners, business owners, not only with residential parking, but with temporary signage, an opportunity to do things that would otherwise be prohibited," Collins said.

Some Hoosiers said they'd be willing to pay $75 for a permit to use their grass to make some green.

"It'd be fine with us," one resident said. "We could take care of the $75 right here where we're standing."

Floyd and Harris said they would continue to take a stand.

"We will fight this ordinance," Floyd said.

The ordinance would cover "one time only" or annual special events. Vendor licensing fees would be between $75 and $139, depending on whether an inspection is needed.

Code enforcement officials said they can only regulate within the city of Indianapolis, so the ordinance would not cover Speedway.