State law requires traffic control devices, including those signs and pavement markings on private property where the public is invited, to meet state standards adopted by the Florida Department of Transportation. Florida Statutes, Section 316.0747, state: "It is unlawful for any non-governmental entity to use any traffic control device at any place where the general public is invited, unless such device conforms to the uniform system of traffic control devices adopted by the Department of Transportation pursuant to this chapter."
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), published by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is the national standard for traffic control devices. The Florida Department of Transportation has adopted the MUTCD as the State standard, by Rule 14-15.010.
The MUTCD states that:
- Parking space striping must be white (Sec. 38-18)
- Lane lines between traffic lanes in the same direction must be white (Sec. 38-40)
- Center lines between traffic in opposing direction must be yellow (Sec. 28-01)
- Arrows on the pavement must be white (Sec. 38-19)
- Crosswalks and crosswalk lines must be white (Sec. 38-17)
- Stop lines (stop bars) must be white (Sec. 28-16)
- Street names signs must have 6" high lettering and should be reflectorized (Sec. 2D-38)
Sign Installation: In business, commercial, or residential districts where parking and/or pedestrian movement is likely, the clearance to the bottom of a sign shall be at least 7' above the edge of the pavement. In rural areas, the clearance to the bottom of a sign shall be at least 5' above the edge of the pavement (Sec. 2A-18).
Lateral clearance for regulatory and warning signs or small directional signs should be 6'-12' from the edge of the pavement or traveled way in rural areas. In urban areas, signs generally are mounted alongside the roadway in the space between the curb and the sidewalk. Although 2' is recommended as a working urban minimum, a clearance of 1' from the curb face is permissible where a sidewalk width is limited (Sec. 2A-19).