Handicap Information

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is committed to assisting any person with disability, and to comply with all American with Disability Act requirements. In our efforts to do so, we have 24 hours enforcement of all handicap spaces, and there is a $200.00 fee plus possible towing for anyone who illegally uses handicap spaces.

An application for handicap parking permits is also available on this site.

References from Tennessee Code Annotated

5~21-1O1 - thru-55~21-1O8

Any person, except a person who meets the requirements for the issuance of a distinguishing placard or license plate, a disabled veteran's license plate, or who meets the requirements of 5~21-102, who parks in any parking space designated with the wheelchair disabled sign, commits a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of two hundred dollars ($200).

In addition to the fine imposed pursuant to subdivision (a)(l), a vehicle which does not display a disabled license plate or placard, and which is parked in any parking space designated with the wheelchair disabled sign, is subject to being towed. When a vehicle has been towed or removed pursuant to this subdivision, it shall be released to its owner, or person in lawful possession, upon demand; provided, that such person making demand for return pays all reasonable towing and storage charges and that such demand is made during the operating hours of the towing company.

It is also a violation of this subsection for any person to park a motor vehicle so that a portion of such vehicle encroaches into a disabled parking space in a manner which restricts, or reasonably could restrict, a person confined to a wheelchair from exiting or entering a motor vehicle properly parked within such disabled parking space.

After July 1, 1992, signs designating disabled parking shall indicate that unauthorized or improperly parked vehicles may be towed and the driver fined two hundred dollars ($200), and shall also provide the name and telephone number of the towing company or the name and telephone number of the property owner, lessee or agent in control of the property.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary the provisions of subsection (a) shall be enforced by state and local authorities in their respective jurisdictions, whether violations occur on public or private property, in the same manner used to enforce other parking laws.

Any person not meeting the requirements of §55-21-103 who uses a disabled placard to obtain parking commits a misdemeanor. The disabled placard used to obtain parking by a person not meeting the requirements of § 55-21-103 shall be subject to forfeiture and confiscation by state and local authorities in their respective jurisdictions.

If a state or local law enforcement officer observes a violation of this subsection, such officer may confiscate the disabled placard. To recover such placard, a driver must demonstrate by a preponderance of the evidence that such driver was complying with § 55-21-103, at the time of the confiscation.

Any person who unlawfully sells, copies, duplicates, manufactures, or assists in the sale, copying, duplicating or manufacturing of a disabled placard commits a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a minimum one thousand dollar ($1,000) fine and imprisonment for a time in the discretion of the court.

(Acts 1975, ch. 163, § 8; 1978, ch. 676, § 3, T.C.A., § 59-2208; Acts 1982, ch. 656, §§ 1,2; 1988, ch. 25, § 2, 1986, ch. 598, § 9, 1986, ch. 791, § 12; 1988, ch. 601, § 3, 1988, ch. 716, § 1; 1989, ch 442, §§ 1,2; 1989, 591, §1,6; 1992, ch. 683, § 1; 1992, ch. 947, §§ 1,3; 1993, ch. 93, § 1, 1994, ch. 684, § 1.