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Blocking or Saving a Public Parking Space

Pallet used to block save a public parking space

The above picture shows an illegal dump of a pallet to try and save a public parking space. Chairs, cones, or anything used in this way is an illegal dump and can cost you a minimum of $2,000.00. You need a permit to save a public parking space.

Below is the partial Vehicle Code VEH § 23112.7 and § 23113 that is more relevant to someone trying to save a parking spot by putting stuff in a public parking space. The full Vehicle Codes can be found here:

In order to save a parking public parking space, for example, construction, you must get a parking permit.

California Code, Vehicle Code - VEH § 23112.7
(b) Any person who is convicted of a violation of this section shall be punished by a mandatory fine of not less than two thousand dollars ($2,000).

(a)(1) A motor vehicle used for illegal dumping of waste matter on public or private property is subject to impoundment pursuant to subdivision (c).

(2) A motor vehicle used for illegal dumping of harmful waste matter on public or private property is subject to impoundment and civil forfeiture pursuant to subdivision (d).

(b) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Illegal dumping” means the willful or intentional depositing, dropping, dumping, placing, or throwing of any waste matter onto public or private property that is not expressly designated for the purpose of disposal of waste matter. “Illegal dumping” does not include the discarding of small quantities of waste matter related to consumer goods and that are reasonably understood to be ordinarily carried on or about the body of a living person, including, but not limited to, beverage containers and closures, packaging, wrappers, wastepaper, newspaper, magazines, or other similar waste matter that escapes or is allowed to escape from a container, receptacle, or package. (2) “Waste matter” means any form of tangible matter described by any of the following:
(A) All forms of garbage, refuse, rubbish, recyclable materials, and solid waste.
(C) Abandoned or discarded furniture;  or commercial, industrial, or agricultural machinery, apparatus, structure, or other container;  or a piece, portion, or part of these items.

California Code, Vehicle Code - VEH § 23113
(a) Any person who drops, dumps, deposits, places, or throws, or causes or permits to be dropped, dumped, deposited, placed, or thrown, upon any highway or street any material described in Section 23112 or in subdivision (d) of Section 23114 shall immediately remove the material or cause the material to be removed.
(b) If the person fails to comply with subdivision (a), the governmental agency responsible for the maintenance of the street or highway on which the material has been deposited may remove the material and collect, by civil action, if necessary, the actual cost of the removal operation in addition to any other damages authorized by law from the person made responsible under subdivision (a).
(c) A member of the Department of the California Highway Patrol may direct a responsible party to remove the aggregate material described in subdivision (d) of Section 23114 from a highway when that material has escaped or been released from a vehicle.

Person Trying to Save a Public Parking Space by Standing in the Space

21954. (a) Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.
(b) The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.

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