How Far Away Do You Have to Park From a Stop Sign?

Depending on where you are, there are different laws about how close a parked car can be to a stop sign. In some U.S. cities, a parked car must be 30 feet away from a stop sign.

The city of San Diego and the state of New Jersey both need 50 feet. When it comes to how close a driver can park, a traffic light is often treated the same as a stop sign. Usually, you have to park 20 to 25 feet away from a crosswalk, while you have to park 10 feet away from a fire hydrant. Near a fire hydrant or stop sign, the part of the curb where you can’t park is often painted red to let drivers know.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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