Some Pittsburghers are being ticketed or warned not to park in their own driveways under an obscure ordinance that requires them to pay $225 for a permit if they wish to park within 30 feet of a street.
Some residents have complained about the tickets and warnings, which are issued by the city's Bureau of Building Inspection.
The agency is caught in the middle, contend John Jennings, its acting chief.
The bureau doesn't issue tickets unless residents complain and, often, those complaints aren't prompted by people who park in driveways but by those who create cement or gravel parking pads in front of their homes.
It's a pretty ridiculous problem, actually," City Councilman O'Connor told CBS Pittsburgh.
The councilman says there's actually two parts to the problem. First, the little-known "30-foot back" law, which he says originated in the '50s or '60s.
"If you're a couple feet into your own personal driveway, there shouldn't be a problem," said O'Connor.
But he also says that technically you can be ticketed, "because you have to have what is called an occupancy permit. The funny thing about that is, we don't tell you need an occupancy permit."
He says one family ended up paying a $2,400 fine.