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Parking signs in Texas

Texas ADA parking sign with reserved parking text

A fully ADA-compliant Texas 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” written on it. The sign should also include the International Symbol of Access in blue and white.
  • The sign should be minimum 12” x 18”.
  • If the space is van-accessible, “van accessible” should also be included on the sign. A model is in R7-8 of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
  • The signs should be at least 60″ above the ground.

See our examples of fully compliant Texas disabled parking signs.

Towing laws

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 can be no higher than 7′ off the ground.
  • This sign must have:
    • A bright red international towing symbol at least four inches in height at the top.
    • 2″ white letters on a bright red background, with “Towing and Booting Enforced”; “Towing Enforced”; or “Booting Enforced”, depending on what your lot does.
    • Below that, a notice of the parking restrictions (e.g., “Parking for customers of Norris Karate Inc. only”, and a notice that “unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner’s or operator’s expense”.
    • At the bottom, in 1″ letters, the phone number where a towed or booted car can be redeemed. The lettering on this portion of the sign must consist of white letters on a bright red background.

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 provide the most useful assistance.

See our selection of compliant Texas towing signs.

Fire lane signage

  • Texas does not require signage for fire lanes, but instead requires curbs to be painted red and marked with “Fire lane – Tow away zone” in white letters at least 3″ tall, at intervals of 50′. Your local authorities might also require fire lane signs, so check with them.

See our selection of compliant Texas 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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