Skip to comments.Ticket for parking on grass in my own yard(PARKING TICKET)
Posted on 06/10/2009 6:29:47 PM PDT by Jessica2677
Does anyone know if this is legal? We just got a parking ticket for parking in the grass in our own yard. The ticket says "can not park on grass or unpaved area(even if your own yard). I swear to god this is what the ticket says and its a $50 ticket that doubles to $100 then doubles to $200 Does anyone know anything about this law????
Do you live in a blue state? If so, it’s not surprising. Either way, that sucks.
Where are you located? City/state?
Hire a lawyer.
We are in Maryland. Prince George’s County
Lot more info would be helpful. Such as location, state, city, who gave the ticket, etc. I suspect if it’s a legal ticket signed by an officer then you’d best answer the summons.
Let me guess....you live in a blue portion of a blue state.
Do you have deed restrictions on the lot where you own your home?
Do you live in an area with a Home Owners’ Association? They make some pretty Stalinesque rules. Were you in the city’s right-of-way, even though in front of your house?
Would think you’d get a warning first.
I should file Trespassing charges.
Local ordinances - check ‘em out.
No one parks on their lawns in my neighborhood.
Some places it is legal. It was probably enacted to prevent people from leaving junk cars on their front yard. In one town I lived in, it was illegal to park your car overnight on the street in front of your house. It had to be parked in the driveway.
Parking on the grass is an environmental codes violation in Metro Nashville. Fifty-buck fine here, too.
No there’s no homeowners assoc. The car was parked 4 feet from our front door.
I see your tag line is the following:
(Lets all stop paying taxes....change your deductions to EXEMPT!)
You have now have an excellent to chance to do likewise with citations from the local gov’t. Let us know how it works out.
I only have two words for you and Terminator agrees “ GET OUT”!
Life in blue America today. Ain’t it sweet?
Maryland is a crazy, leftist state.
The only thing I can think of that might justify such a ticket is that in most states there is a public right-of-way that extends from the center of the road a certain distance into your yard. In Vermont, I think it’s 25 feet from the center of a class 3 road like the one we’re on.
There’s no rule here about parking on your own grass, but it is technically a public right-of-way. Probably the same or similar in Maryland.
Then there’s the whole crazy business of zoning laws, which can regulate what is allowed to be on a lawn. No clothes lines allowed, for instance, in many housing areas, although clothes lines are a good way to save energy.
The ticket must cite an ordanance that’s been violated....??
It’s a city by city thing. Sometimes neighborhood by neighborhood.
I’ve never heard of not being able to park on the grass, but I’ve heard of not being allowed to park on the street, or not being allowed to park in such a way that your car blocks pedestrians from walking on the sidewalk. This means that if your car is in your driveway but a pedestrian on the sidewalk must walk around your car to get from the sidewalk on the left of your driveway to the sidewalk on the right of your driveway...you are in violation. You don’t actually have to be parked on the sidewalk to get busted for this violation.
Some neighborhoods won’t even let you park in your own driveway PERIOD. You MUST park in your garage.
I guess they will get you either way...
We had a time with one of our local code people over a upright freezer we had in the carport. They kept leaving us notices that we had to take the door off. We pointed out that the rest of the code stated that being locked (which it was) was another option.
Finally told the city that we were going to sue them for harassment if they didn't stop. They stopped.
Not only do I park my truck on the grass from time to time, I also park my tractor there also.
Was your car parked on cinder blocks?
I agree with a lot of posters, what the heck are you doing parking on the grass? I don’t care if it’s yours or Yankee Stadium. It’s a trailer trash habit that just devalues your home and the community. Double park if you must, but never ever park or let someone park on your grass( exception is if you have a lot of property behind the house that will hide the car from view.
There is no sidewalk....there are bushes that line the front of the yard and then about 30 feet and you your at my front door...the car is parked in between the bushes and the house on our property.
With all due respect, parking in a front lawn for any period of time will trash up a neighborhood. I don’t have any idea about your situation, but in most cases the rule makes a lot of sense and reflects a common courtesy that should be extended whether or not there is an ordinance prohibiting it. I am surprised you weren’t given a warning though.
No it has four tires and it even has tags on it.
So much for Property Rights :(
Here in Tampa it’s a big no-no. I’ve called code on people a few times (after warning them myself of course).
We have 4 cars and a cargo trailer so wew kindof play musical cars in the driveway....what does it matter its my yard.....
Those kinds of tickets are usually only written if a neighbor calls in and complains. Cops don’t really have time to go driving around looking for cars parked on someones own lawn.
Find out who is doing the complaining and let them know you know what they did.
Excuse me, not everyone that CAN park on the grass is trailertrash. If it is mine I’ll park it anywhere I want.
Move out of MD.
That one makes perfect sense in Michigan in the winter. Picture trying to plow the snow with a lot of cars parked on the side of the street. I know a guy who lost his job as lot boy at a car dealership many years ago because the snow drift he plowed was 60% snow and 40% Cadillac. This law would put the responsibility on the car owner.
I recommend paying it early, since it probably doesn't go on your traffic or driving record (at least that's the case in my state), and if you wait it will cost more money. If you fight this, you'll pay court costs as well and/or attorney fees.
My guess is that some busybody called the cops on you. If you can find out who it was, look up a bunch of ordinances and then get some paybacks when they do something like this.
I agree with that I am sick of MD.
Are you on a golf course, do they mow under your 1953 Desoto, does the car run? Why don’t you just park the thing in the driveway..why not just drive it into the kitchen.....
It was WS, see post 36, I hate people like that.
I just had a code inspector for the city of Charlotte, NC, tell me that if I wanted to keep more cars and boats than my drive would hold, I would have to put paving stones under the tires of anything not in the driveway. The trash pickup guys turned me in for a reward.
That's how it is in most cities in my state during the winter. Snow emergency law. That one actually makes sense because the roadplows are significant to public safety.
I suspect these were the kind of things the law intended to prevent. If your car had been there only while you were unloading things from it, it was pretty stupid to ticket you.
Thats probably right, I should buy 1000 pink flamigos and see how much that person likes looking at those.
I understand the whole law of not having a broken down car in your yard and besides most of the people in this neighborhood dont have driveways...some of them have dirt.