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Updated 04/2012

Parking and Storage of Oversized Vehicles (Commercial Vehicles, RVs, Boats)



Restrictions on on-street and off-street parking of oversized vehicles and recreational vehicles vary from community to community. The definition of "oversized vehicle" varies, as does the length of time such vehicles are allowed to park, if at all. Some jurisdictions define oversized and commercial vehicles by gross weight, such as 12,000 pounds, or 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating. Others may define them in terms of length and height, for example 12 feet long, or, in the case of Seattle, 80 inches wide. Even more specific are combinations of height and weight, such as a commercial vehicle not more than nine feet in height and 22 feet long, or, in the North Bend code provisions, a truck-tractor, truck and/or trailer, truck-tractor and/or semitrailer combination over 32,000 pounds licensed gross weight, over 80 inches in width, or over 30 feet in length.

Most communities prohibit overnight parking of trucks in residential areas. A few, such as Edmonds, provide for off-street parking in a residential zone by permit. Vehicles, such as campers and RVs, are allowed in residential areas under various zoning requirements. A few cities allow temporary on-street parking, such as Burlington, which limits the parking to two consecutive days or no more than two days in any seven-day period. Tacoma allows a maximum of seven calendar days for a vehicle, boat trailer, recreation trailer, camper, or other licensed or unlicensed vehicle or device on the street. Most cities require boats to be stored off-street and to be sight-screened. Some allow temporary on-street parking of a short duration.

Commercial and Recreational Vehicles Parked on Streets

  • Battle Ground Municipal Code Ch. 10.12 - Truck and Trailer Parking on Residential Streets - Restricts semi-trailer or truck in excess of one-ton capacity from the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m on Main Street
  • Clark County Code Ch. 10.10 - Truck and Trailer Parking on Residential Streets - Prohibits vehicle of certain size; provides for unloading or loading of vehicles
  • Lake Forest Park Ordinance No. 960- Regulates parking of commercial truck, trailer, or any type of construction equipment in residential zone except for loading or unloading, passed 08/09/2007
  • North Bend Municipal Code Ch. 10.06 - Parking (Trucks in Multi-family Zones, Time Limits for Large Commercial Vehicles)
  • Renton Municipal Code Title X, Sec. 10-10-13 - Parking of Certain Commercial Vehicles or Vehicles over Twelve Thousand Pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Regulations - Prohibits vehicles over certain side from parking on public right-of-way adjacent to residential buildings and regulates parking in other areas
  • Seattle Municipal Code Sec. 11.72.070 - Commercial and Large Size Vehicles - Prohibits parking of vehicle over 80 inches wide between hours of midnight and six a.m. except in an industrial zone
  • Sequim Municipal Code
    • Sec. 10.12.017 - Recreational Vehicles, Boats and Trailers - Requires permit to be parked on street longer than 24 hours
    • Ch. 10.14 - Commercial Vehicle Parking Regulations - Regulates commercial vehicle parking on public streets and alleys and on private streets, lanes and alleys

Commercial and Recreational Vehicles Storage

  • Burlington Municipal Code Sec. 10.12.170 - Parking Restrictions for Commercial and Recreational Vehicles - Allows storage in garage and private driveways
  • Edmonds Municipal Code Sec. 17.50.100 - Commercial Vehicle Regulations - Storage in R Zoned Districts - Requires conditional use permit
  • Redmond Zoning Code Sec. 21.40.010(G) - Parking and Storage of Recreational, Utility and Commercial Vehicles in Residential Neighborhoods
  • Tacoma Municipal Code Sec. 11.05.200 through 11.05.230 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Model Traffic Ordinance - Covers commercial vehicles and time restrictions on recreational vehicles (scroll down)
  • Des Moines Municipal Code Sec.18.44.110 - Parking and Storage of Recreational, Utility, and Commercial Vehicles in Residential Neighborhoods - Allows parking and storage if certain conditions are met. Commercial vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross weight, exceeding 20 feet in length and/or 7.5 feet in width are prohibited except on a temporary basis
  • Woodland Ordinance No. 1212 () - Provides standards for storage of recreational vehicles in low density zones and prohibits on and off street parking of vehicles over 14,000 pounds, passed 06/06/2011

Storage of Recreational Vehicles

  • Bellevue Land Use Code Sec. 20.20.720 - Recreational Vehicles, Watercraft, and Utility Trailers - Allows storage when certain conditions are met; provides for unloading or loading of vehicles
  • Issaquah Land Use Code Sec. 18.07.210 - Parking and Storage of Vehicles and Boats - Provides standards for outdoor residential uses, storage and activities related to motor vehicles and nonmotorized vehicles; allows guests to stay in vehicles on hosts property for 30 days in any one year
  • Olympia Unified Development Code Sec. 18.40.060(F) - Pleasure Boat Storage - Allows boats to be on street for 24 hours; storage on private property must be five feet from property line unless adjacent property owner approves
  • Pullman Municipal Code Ch. 17.105 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - See Sec. 17.105.035 Recreational Vehicle and Trailer Parking and Storage Regulations, and Sec. 17.105.037, Camper and Canopy Storage Regulations
  • Puyallup Municipal Code Sec. 20.20.040(3) - Performance Standards – RS Zones - Outdoor Storage of Vehicles
  • Sequim Municipal Code Sec. 18.48.100 - Parking and Storage of Recreational Vehicles, Boats and Trailers on Residential Property

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