What Is the Minimum Distance You Are Legally Required to Park Away From a Fire Hydrant?

Parking restrictions and enforcement involving fire hydrants varies by city. Many cities, including New York City and Seattle, state that vehicles must remain clear of fire hydrants by at least 15 feet, with steep fines for motorists observed in violation.

The windows of parked cars blocking access may be broken in an effort to run the hose to the water source in the event of a fire, as seen in the 1991 film 'Backdraft." A 2014 boston.com article tells the story of a BMW owner who fell victim to such a mistake -and was held liable for the window and door damage that ensued.