In general, the law prohibits persons from stopping or parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. However, if local authorities reduce that distance to less than 10 feet in total length, “the distance shall be indicated by signs or markings.”
Why? Trix is for kids and the fire hydrant exception is for passenger vehicles only. If you are not driving a passenger vehicle, do not park less than 15 feet from the pump.
Fire hydrants shall be provided for detached one- and two-family dwellings in accordance with both of the following: (1) The maximum distance to a fire hydrant from the closest point on the building shall not exceed 600 ft (122183 m). (2) The maximum distance between fire hydrants shall not exceed 800 ft (244 m).
It’s one of the most obvious parking laws in existence: never park your vehicle in front of a fire hydrant. The consequences for doing so could include getting a ticket, being towed, or, in this case, the car’s windows end up getting smashed.
|California Vehicle Code||Ticket Issued||Ticket Amount|
|CVC 22500(L)||PARKED AT DISABLED CURB CUT||$421.00|
|CVC 22514||PARKED IN FRONT OF FIRE HYDRANT||$80.00|
|CVC 22522||PARKING NEAR RAMP FOR HANDICAPPED||$421.00|
|CVC 21113(A)||PARKED IN RESERVED SPACE||$150.00|
Parking near a fire hydrant is prohibited by the California Vehicle Code regardless of whether the curb is painted red or not. There are several thousand hydrants in County area and it is our longstanding practice to not paint the curb. To do so, would not provide any additional enforcement capability.
No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant except as follows: (a) If the vehicle is attended by a licensed driver who is seated in the front seat and who can immediately move such vehicle in case of necessity.
How to Fight a Fire Hydrant Parking Ticket Take plenty of pictures of your unmoved car near the fire hydrant. Examine the ticket thoroughly. Find the court date or “pay by” date found on the ticket. Produce a letter explaining why you think the parking ticket is invalid.
If the curb by a fire hydrant is not painted yellow, can I park in front of the fire hydrant? No. Automobiles must park a minimum of 15 feet from a fire hydrant, regardless of curb color.
All fire hydrants shall be set to finished grade with the lowest outlet thereof no less than 18 inches above grade and with no less than 36 inches of unobstructed area for the operation of hydrant wrenches on all outlets and the control valve.
The minimum fire flow from any individual fire hydrant shall be 500 gpm. The minimum flowing pressure at maximum flow shall be 20 psi.
The provision of internal hydrant is covered in IS 3844: 1989. Code of practice for installation and maintenance of internal hydrants and hose reel on premises ( jirst revision )’. This standard covers provisions of installation, inspection and maintenance of external hydrant systems.
Yes, as long as you are fully in your driveway and not in front of it or blocking the sidewalk. You can be fined or towed if you are blocking the driveway entrance, regardless if it is your driveway or someone elses, private or public.
Yellow indicates that the water comes from a public supply system. Violet means the water comes from a lake or pond. While most areas follow this color scheme, some choose to make up their own system. Either way, fire hydrants may stick out like a sore thumb but those bright colors are chosen with your safety in mind.
There’s a very good reason that you shouldn’t park in front of a fire hydrant, and it’s pretty obvious. If firefighters need access to the water, then your vehicle is in their way and potentially putting people in life-threatening danger.