Ron DeSantis signs law enforcement parking exemption over HOAs
Sen. Ed Hooper explains a bill that would block HOAs from restricting parking of police cars.

Ed Hooper
SB 476 prohibits HOAs and other housing associations from banning law enforcement vehicles from their jurisdictions.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Friday allowing police officers to park their law enforcement vehicles in residential neighborhoods.

The bill (SB 476), sponsored by Clearwater Republican Ed Hooper will prohibit condominium, homeowners and cooperative associations from creating bylaws preventing law enforcement officers from parking their official vehicles in community areas where they would normally have a right to park. It applies to homeowners, tenants, or guests of the homeowner.

“Thank you, Gov. DeSantis, for signing SB 476. This common-sense legislation that prevents HOA’s and Condo Assoc. from stopping a law enforcement officer from parking their official vehicle in their driveway will make every neighborhood a little bit safer and it cost the community zero,” Hooper said. “I have received a tremendous amount of correspondence supporting this good Bill. Common sense rules again and kudos to Gov. DeSantis and my colleagues in the Senate and House for unanimously approving SB 476.”

Hooper’s legislation was prompted by reports of a Clearwater police officer who faced hundreds of dollars in fines last summer for violating an HOA rule in an East Lake Woodlands subdivision for parking her police car in her driveway. While the HOA later created an exemption for the officer, future homeowners with government-issued cars may face the same penalties.

The Florida Sheriffs Association supported the measure, with Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Schultz at the Session’s start saying it’s “ridiculous” that the Legislature has to step in.

“You will stop crime by having a marked vehicle in these neighborhoods,” he said in October.

Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson Jr. supports the bill and said that it should be common sense not to penalize or cause “frivolous aggravation” towards officers working in a community.

Hooper, a retired firefighter, has not shied away from first responder issues during his time in the Legislature. This year, he is sponsoring, among others, a bill creating the First Responders Suicide Deterrence Task Force (SB 1586).

State law says HOA’s can prohibit commercial vehicles from parking in driveways but an opinion issued in 2005 by then-State Attorney Charlie Crist said law enforcement vehicles are not considered commercial. But the HOA had also apparently banned government vehicles from parking in the community’s driveways.

Rep. Chip LaMarca, a Broward County Republican, carried the House companion version (HB 307). Hooper’s version passed both chambers unanimously before getting the Governor’s stamp.

LaMarca said the bill was important for law enforcement and public safety: “Arbitrary rules” from HOAs “do not allow a law enforcement officer who protects us every day” to park their cars in their neighborhoods.

The parking bill is one of multiple law enforcement-related bills filed and sponsored by Democratic and Republican legislators this Session. This one passed unanimously at every stage in the House and Senate with minimal questions.

The signed law goes into effect immediately.

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The Associated Press contributed to this post. Republished with permission.

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7 comments

  • Frank Butterfield

    February 22, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Fantastic. I love having police cars parked near my house in a driveway. Wouldn’t mind having them park in mine. Thanks Governor and Legislaters.

    • Judy love

      February 22, 2020 at 11:32 am

      Way to go Thin blue line family👍

  • Scott Peters

    February 22, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Gov. DeSantis is a breath of fresh air in a country full of depraved Democrats and tratorist swamp rats.

  • Poo

    February 23, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Hope the governor can continue to help quash asinine out of control HOA rules and the Nazis that “patrol” in them…..God knows living in my HOA is a nightmare of childish favoritism with made up rules like our Dem Congress….

  • John Coyne

    February 24, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Thank you Governor DeSantis and especially Ed Hooper. I knew I voted for the right people. Nice to have reasonable, responsible and intelligent people doing their jobs.

  • Brad dwork

    February 24, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    If I lived in a HOA situation and had to park my Cruiser in the driveway at night and I got fined for it, HA! NO fine would be paid! I paid for my house, I pay my dues, I’m the one THEY call when THEY NEED HELP. They are all blood sucking money hungry assholes these HOA people! They will fine you for every little thing they can! That’s why I will NEVER live in that type of place. No one will ever tell me what I can or cannot do on my own property that I paid for!

  • Dan Crocker

    March 2, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    I was AMAZED there would need to be a law to address this. I had a take home car for most of my career. My neighbors LOVED IT. We never had a reported crime the entire time I lived there. DETERENCE WORKS! Says something about HOA’s though. Give some people a little bit of perceived authority and they go nuts….

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