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New Florida law: HOAs can’t prohibit police vehicles

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Homeowners associations in Florida are now explicitly prevented from banning marked law enforcement vehicles from parking in their neighborhoods.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday that protects law enforcement vehicles from HOA rules. The legislation ( SB 476 ) passed unanimously in the House and Senate earlier this month.

Sen. Ed Hooper, R-Palm Harbor, and Rep. Chip LaMarca, R-Lighthouse Point, filed the bill last fall after a Clearwater police officer was told by her HOA that she could no longer park her assigned patrol vehicle in her driveway.

Associations can prohibit commercial vehicles from parking in driveways, though a 2005 opinion from the Florida Attorney General’s Office states that a law enforcement vehicle is not a commercial vehicle.