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This sign is probably legal… but is it enforceable?
Economists like to think that restricted parking will eventually result in restricted car use, but sometimes it just results in mobs of angry people. When businesses on the brink are starved for customers, a no parking sign nearby can mean utter disaster – ask business owners in Studio City, Los Angeles, for example. An illegally placed no parking sign adds insult to injury, but even when they notice it, police usually see staking a claim to a share of what should be public property as anuisance infraction that rarely sees anyone go to jail – even though it can harm property values, businesses, traffic flow and the ambience of a neighborhood.

Fake, unofficial no parking signs truly are a coast-to-coast phenomenon, too. The Midwood neighborhood in central Brooklynsuffers such an imbalance of cars and parking that people have begun putting up illicit no parking signs next to their own property, but the same thing happens in Malibu, where a specially trained member of the California Coastal Commission has to laboriously inspect signs to assess their legality.

Most people think that when theyhang a No Parking sign without their town or city’s permission, they’re just restricting people’s access to that one precious parking spot, but they may also be killing shop owners’ access to the people who would park there, which can in turn have economic aftereffects on dozens of people. Sometimes they’re abridging the public’s access to shared resources like beaches or woods. Either way, hanging no parking signs – particularly on-street – without your locality’s permission can have unintended consequences.

There are other ways to post illegal signs, too – states all have their own regulations governing how far apart no parking signs must be. Some states require a maximum of 200 feet between signs, while in Pennsylvania, the maximum is 250 feet – check with a lawyer or the planning office in your location. Size counts, too. If your sign is too small, you it limits your ability to enforce any restrictions on it – and you can get into serious trouble for hauling away cars if the law finds you hadn’t adequately warned their owners!