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Private Property Parking

Ticketing Vehicles on Private Property
In accordance with MCLA 257.951(2), the Department of Public Safety will ticket vehicles parked on private commercial parking lots when the following requirements are met:


1. A completed Request for Enforcement of Posted Parking on Private Property request is on file. The request must be signed by the property owner and additional authorized callers may be listed. These requests must be renewed annually on January 1.

2. In addition to the request being on file, there must also be signs erected that indicate there is no parking on the property. The signs must meet the following requirements:

  • The notice shall be prominently displayed at each point of entry for vehicular access to the property. If the property lacks curbs or barriers, no less than one notice shall be posted for each 100 feet of road frontage.
  • The notice clearly indicates in letters no less than 2 inches high on a contrasting background that unauthorized vehicles will be ticketed.
  • The notice must be permanently installed with the bottom of the notice located no less than 4 feet from the ground. The notice must be in place at least 24 hours before a vehicle may be towed.

After a completed Request for Enforcement of Posted Parking on Private Property is received, the Public Safety Department will complete an inspection to assure proper signage is in place. When the Department has verified that the proper signage is in place, property owners or their agents (listed on the request) may call and ask to have vehicles ticketed. If a violator requests a court date, the property owner will be required to appear in court as the complainant on the violation. If the property owner fails to appear, the violation will be dismissed by the court and the Request for Enforcement of Posted Parking on Private Property will be revoked.


Towing of Vehicles from Private Property

MCLA 257.252d(1)(g) allows police to remove a vehicle that is hampering or blocking another vehicle on private property. Removal of vehicles from private property for other reasons is the responsibility of the private property owner.

MCLA 257.252a(2) states that there is no minimum time that a vehicle must be parked on private property before it can be considered abandoned. On most public property the vehicle must be parked for at least 48 hours before it can be considered abandon. If a vehicle has remained on private property without the consent of the property owner, the owner of the private property may have the vehicle towed. It will be the responsibility of the property owner, not the Public Safety Department, to make arrangements for the removal of the vehicle. The tow company is responsible for notifying the Public Safety Department when a vehicle has been removed from private property. The Public Safety Department must determine if the vehicle has been reported stolen and then notify the Secretary of State that the vehicle has been classified as abandoned.

Before a vehicle may be removed from private property, there must be a posted sign advising the public that vehicles may be towed. The notice must meet the following requirements:

  • The notice shall be prominently displayed at each point of entry for vehicular access to the property. If the property lacks curbs or barriers, no less than one notice shall be posted for each 100 feet of road frontage.
  • The notice clearly indicates in letters no less than 2 inches high on a contrasting background that unauthorized vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense.
  • The notice provides the name and telephone number of the local towing service responsible for towing the vehicle. A local towing service is one where the storage yard is located within 15 miles of the boarder of Grosse Pointe Park. Previous arrangements with the tow company listed is required prior to the removal of a vehicle.
  • The notice must be permanently installed with the bottom of the notice located no less than 4 feet from the ground and must be in place at least 24 hours before a vehicle may be towed.

 

The above signage requirement does not apply to single or dual family residences.

In accordance with MCLA 257.951(2), the Department of Public Safety will ticket vehicles parked on private commercial parking lots when the following requirements are met:

1. A completed Request for Enforcement of Posted Parking on Private Property request is on file. The request must be signed by the property owner and additional authorized callers may be listed. These requests must be renewed annually on January 1.

2. In addition to the request being on file, there must also be signs erected that indicate there is no parking on the property. The signs must meet the following requirements:

·         The notice shall be prominently displayed at each point of entry for vehicular access to the property. If the property lacks curbs or barriers, no less than one notice shall be posted for each 100 feet of road frontage.

·         The notice clearly indicates in letters no less than 2 inches high on a contrasting background that unauthorized vehicles will be ticketed.

·         The notice must be permanently installed with the bottom of the notice located no less than 4 feet from the ground. The notice must be in place at least 24 hours before a vehicle may be towed.

After a completed Request for Enforcement of Posted Parking on Private Property is received, the Public Safety Department will complete an inspection to assure proper signage is in place. When the Department has verified that the proper signage is in place, property owners or their agents (listed on the request) may call and ask to have vehicles ticketed. If a violator requests a court date, the property owner will be required to appear in court as the complainant on the violation. If the property owner fails to appear, the violation will be dismissed by the court and the Request for Enforcement of Posted Parking on Private Property will be revoked.
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