There is a way to make parking on a gravel driveway in the City of Buffalo legal


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–If you have a gravel driveway in Buffalo, you could find yourself with a parking ticket, a $60 parking ticket.

That caused a shock for some folks in the Clinton-Bailey neighborhood.

Gravel driveways are a lot cheaper than paved, and require less maintenance, but in the City of Buffalo parking on a gravel driveway is a violation of the city’s parking ordinances. But there is a way to make it legal.

They cleared Baitz Avenue for a memorial procession, last week, honoring 27-year-old Matthew Lawicki who had died in a traffic accident.

Many of the Baitz Avenue residents parked in their gravel driveways, including Sheila Brown.

Sheila woke up to find a parking ticket on her car, so did Terri Kilanowski.

They were cited for parking in an unpaved area of a front or side yard.

Tim Kilanowski is in a tough spot because he is renting and has no control over whether the driveway is paved.

But for Sheila Brown, the parking ticket was like a slap in the face.

Sheila is Matt Lewicki’s mom, and the 50-vehicle procession brought his ashes to the family’s front door. It was supposed to be a celebration of his life.

But once city officials were made aware of the solemn occasion, the parking tickets were rescinded, a relief to Sheila who is true to her faith.

If you have a gravel driveway, are planning a gravel driveway, or what is known as a “green driveway,” you can avoid parking tickets under the city’s new Green Code by contacting the Commissioner of Permit and Inspection Services at City Hall, in writing.

To request a review of your unpaved driveway, send a written letter requesting notice of compliance to: Commissioner of Permit & Inspection Services, 65 Niagara Square, Room 324, Buffalo, NY  14202.

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