How Far Must You Park From a Driveway?

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Regulations governing how close to a driveway vehicles may be parked vary by region. Cities that regulate parking near a driveway often set the minimum distance at 5 feet.

Some cities, such as Philadelphia, do not set a minimum distance between parked cars and driveways; parking tickets are written for vehicles that park directly in front of driveways. Seattle bans parking in front of driveways and within 5 feet of driveways; property owners may use yellow paint to help drivers identify the restricted parking area. Minneapolis also employs the 5-foot rule, which applies regardless of whether signs are posted. Some jurisdictions, such as Fairfax County, Va., employ the more stringent standard of a 10-foot clearance on either side of a driveway.