New York State Local Technical Assistance Program

Can a Police Chief create a ‘Police Parking Only’ spot near the police station?

This type of parking restriction can be established, and the process is as follows:

R8-3 "No parking" sign
R8-3 No parking sign

Section 1640 and 1640(a) of the Vehicle & Traffic Law outlines the procedure for getting one of these signs. 1640-a states that ‘the legislative body of any city or village, with respect to … parking area of a(n) ….office building.. or the parking areas of facilities owned or leased by a not-for-profit organization…and pursuant to the written request of… the police chief or the police commissioner of the police department serving such area, may, by local law or ordinance: #6. Prohibit, regulate, restrict or limit the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles in specified areas of any such area.’

The police chief would have to provide a written request to the legislative body for such a sign since they are the ones who regulate the installation and placement of signs. When the law or regulation is approved the sign can be put up. This will allow the sign restriction to be enforceable in the eyes of the law.

The signs to be put up would be found in the NY State Supplement to the MUTCD. One combination could be the R8-3 (No Parking symbol) with the supplemental sign NYP4-4, or a combination similar to those found in the NYS supplement. The NYP4-4 sign wording can be modified as per paragraph M20 of section 2B.46, and should only be used with a R8-3


NYS Supplement to the Manual on
Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)




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