We all park in a parking lot at least once each week. We use parking lots for work, hospitals, carpooling, shopping, and so many other places. Who would have thought that parking lots have signage requirements? Every parking lot in the United States has a requirement, but what are they?
All signs are required to have line-spacing between two different messages, as this will show an end to one message. The text should not run to the edge of the sign. There needs to always be a space and margin on the sign. If there is more than one line of message on the sign, then the most important message should be the top first line.
The text on the sign should never be smaller than three inches in capital letters. This is so that a moving vehicle can read the sign with ease. If the text is to be read by pedestrians, then it should be at least one and a half inches in capital lettering height. The text on the sign should be familiar to see and understand. Using the same lettering that is on the highway signs is recommended. The sign messages should be at least 24 inches above grade, the perfect size for reading. You can select any background color, but one that matches the building or business is recommended.
Having handicap parking is mandatory for all parking lots. The handicap parking must be close to the building or business and accessible with ease. The sign should be in front of the parking and where it is easy to see. The parking space should be at least 60 inches wide, which allows enough space to allow a wheelchair to enter or exit the car with ease.
There are many different signs that can be used on parking lots. The signs can be any color, except for the handicap or speed limit sign. These are the same for all parking lots. They are well recognized and can be seen with ease.
If you are wanting to add signage to your parking lots and confused on where and what kind to use, then you can contact your local government office for any questions. The local office will be able to give you the information needed on signage for your property.
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