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Commercial Vehicles, Code Enforcement, City of Longmont

A commercial vehicle means any motor vehicle, truck, truck tractor, trailer or semi-trailer used in the business of transporting persons or property over the public highways for profit, hire or otherwise in any business or commercial enterprise.

Commercial vehicles and trucks having a total empty weight in excess of seven thousand pounds are not permitted to be driven on any public street in the city, unless the roadway is specifically designated and posted as a truck route.

Commercial vehicles and trucks over seven thousand pounds may be driven upon city streets if the driver was in the immediate process of delivering or picking up materials or merchandise, for providing services, or for reaching the final business destination. Excluded trucks may leave the truck route only at the point nearest the destination and must return to the truck route by the shortest route.

A semitrailer and truck-tractor, or either of them, shall not be left or parked in the street or at the side of any residential street or residential property, except during the expeditious loading or unloading of property. 

A commercial vehicle in excess of seven thousand pounds, may be left or parked in any front or side yard adjacent to a street, for a maximum of seventy-two hours as long as the vehicle is parked on an improved surface such as asphalt, cement or gravel.

Longer term storage of a commercial vehicle in excess of seven thousand pounds, may be in the rear yard. Rear yard parking does not need to be an improved surface.

The Code Enforcement Officers may receive complaints regarding violations of the City of Longmont Municipal Code. If a violation is found they will contact the property owner and/or residents of the property and issue a Notice of Violation. This Notice explains the Code requirements and sets a date for the property to come into compliance with Municipal Code. Failure to comply with the Notice of Violation will result in further legal actions up to and including a Summons to Appear before Municipal Court.

THE FOLLOWING ARE SELECTED MUNICIPAL CODE SECTIONS FROM CHAPTER 11.32 OF THE CITY OF LONGMONT MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

11.32.010   Trucks and commercial vehicles restricted from local streets.

It is unlawful to drive any truck or other commercial vehicle having a total empty weight in excess of seven thousand pounds, on any public street within the city, unless the roadway is specifically designated and posted as a truck route. (Ord. 0-93-17 8 (part))

11.32.020   Business destination—Affirmative defense.

It shall be an affirmative defense to Section 11.32.010 that the driver was in the immediate process of delivering or picking up materials or merchandise, for providing services, or for reaching the final business destination. Excluded trucks may leave the truck route only at the point nearest the destination and must return to the truck route by the shortest route. (Ord. 0-93-17 8 (part))

11.32.030  Trucks and trailers on streets.

A.  As used in this section:

"Residential street" means those public streets whose primary function is to provide access to immediately adjacent land used for single-family or multi-family residential purposes.

"Semitrailer" means any wheeled vehicle, without motive power, designed to be used in conjunction with a truck-tractor so that some part of its own weight and that of its cargo load rest upon, or is carried by such truck-tractor and which is commonly used to carry and transport property over the public highways.

"Truck" means any vehicle with a body designed to carry property and which is generally used to carry and transport property over the public highways.

"Truck-tractor" means any vehicle which is generally and commonly designed to draw a semi-trailer and its cargo over the public highways.

B.  It is unlawful to:

  1. Leave or park any semitrailer and truck-tractor, or either of them, in or at the side of any residential street or residential property, except during the expeditious loading or unloading of property;
  2. Leave any truck, truck-tractor or semitrailer in any nonresidential public street or at the side of any street, or on any public property or thoroughfare for over seventy-two consecutive hours, except that pickup trucks rated at one ton or less shall be subject to the parking regulation applicable to passenger motor vehicles.

C.  Violations of subsection B of this section shall be parking infractions and the procedures of parking infractions in Chapter 11.16 are fully applicable. (Ord. 0-93-17 8 (part))

11.32.040   Penalty.

Anyone violating the provisions of this chapter, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than two hundred dollars nor more than nine hundred ninety-nine dollars for any single violation within a twelve-month period. Upon a second or subsequent conviction under this section within such twelve-month period, the defendant shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars. The fines imposed by this section are mandatory and the court shall not suspend the fine in whole or in part. (Ord. 0-93-59 1)

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15.04.030.D.12 Recreational and commercial vehicle storage.

A. Trailers, boats, recreational vehicles, other major recreational equipment, and commercial vehicles shall not be parked or stored on a public right-of-way in a residential zone for longer than seventy-two hours.

B. No trailer, boat, recreational vehicle, other major recreational equipment, or commercial vehicle shall be parked or stored for longer than seventy-two hours in any required yard adjacent to a street in a residential zone. (Ord. 0-82-82 (part))

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Last Updated: 03/31/10