Parking signs in Tennessee

Tennessee ADA parking sign with unauthorized parking punishable by $200 fine text

A fully ADA-compliant Tennessee 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, saying “Reserved parking” with the International Symbol of Access in blue and white on it.
  • The sign should also have “Unauthorized Parking Punishable By $200 Fine And Subject To Towing” on it.
  • The sign should be minimum 12” x 18”.
  • If the space is van-accessible, “Van Accessible Priority for Wheelchair User” should also be included on the sign.

See our examples of fully compliant Tennessee disabled parking signs.

Towing laws

Tennessee tow away sign with custom text and up to date statute

Custom Tennessee 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:
    • Language saying, “Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense”, who can park there, and the hours that the restrictions are enforced.
    • The telephone number and name of the towing company

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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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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