Ask the County Law Librarian – Basketball hoops in the street
Q: I was wondering if it is legal to place personal basketball hoops and equipment on public streets in Sacramento County. There are two portable basketball poles/ backboard/hoops placed in the roadway where vehicles would normally park. This is a nuisance and encourages kids to play in a public road. There is a public park within a quarter mile away that has playground equipment. The basketball equipment has been in the road for a year or more.
If this is not legal, who would this be reported to?
A: Basketball hoops and other obstructions in the streets and on sidewalks pose a potential safety hazard for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. They also impair public services like trash collection and street sweepers. Because of this, local ordinances at both the county and city level have been enacted to prohibit these types of obstructions. The specific laws and reporting procedures vary, depending on where you live.
Sacramento County Code 12.12.035 prohibits obstructions such as basketball hoops, signs, hedges, structures fences on any sidewalks, pedestrian pathways, or street right-of-ways in unincorporated areas of the county. To report a violation of this law, contact Sacramento County Nuisance Abatement at 916-875-5656, or submit an online complaint at http://www.311.saccounty.net/Pages/default.aspx.
The City of Sacramento doesn’t have an ordinance specifically prohibiting basketball hoops. Instead, they fall under the laws against obstructions or encroachments within the public right of way. Sacramento City Code Chapter 12 prohibits a variety of obstructions. You can report violations by calling 3-1-1, or using the City’s 3-1-1-website.
Citrus Heights has adopted a policy that discourages the use of basketball hoops in the roadway. More information about the policy, enforcement procedure, and how to make a complaint is available at http://www.citrusheights.net/home/index.asp?page=836.
The City of Elk Grove considers basketball hoops in the street or on the sidewalk to be a violation of the nuisance code, and will provide assistance enforcing these laws. More information is available at http://www.elkgrovecity.org/code-enforcement/nuisance.asp.
The City of Folsom Municipal Code 12.20 also prohibits obstructions. Violations may be reported online at http://www.folsom.ca.us/crm/Request/newrequest.asp?ID=668#h_faq.
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