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Parking signs in North Carolina

North Carolina ADA parking sign with maximum penalty $250 text

A fully ADA-compliant North Carolina parking sign, current as of 5/6.

Accessible parking spaces

  • To mark accessible parking spaces, you must designate each accessible space with a sign that is green on white, with “Reserved parking,” and “Maximum fine $250”, and the International Symbol of Access in blue and white on it.
  • The sign should be minimum 12” x 18”.
  • If the space is van-accessible, “van accessible” should also be included on the sign.

See our examples of fully compliant North Carolina disabled parking signs.

Towing laws

North Carolina tow away sign with custom text and up to date statute

Custom North Carolina tow away sign with up to date statute as of 5/6.

I’m a property owner. What signage do I have to post to warn drivers that their cars might be towed?

  • To tow, you must have a sign at every vehicle entrance to your facility.
  • This sign must have:
    • The conditions under which a vehicle can be towed.
    • Language saying “Private parking” and “Unauthorized vehicles will be towed”.
    • The name and phone number of the towing company.
    • The sign must be at least 24″ x 24″.

My car was towed. What do I do?

  • You should call local law enforcement. Laws vary between cities, so local police will be able to assist you with specific guidance.

See our selection of compliant North Carolina towing signs.

Fire lane signage

  • The standard fire code requires you to post a 12” x 18” sign with 3” letters above fire lanes. In general, it’s the local authorities who set fire lane distances in the building code. You should be safe by posting signs every 25 feet, but make sure you check local fire and building codes, because they vary from city to city.

See our selection of compliant North Carolina fire lane signs.

SmartSign is not in the business of providing legal advice. Make sure to check with a lawyer or your local authorities if you have any questions. Sometimes, local laws are different from what the state requires.

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