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Recreational Vehicles, Code Enforcement, City of Longmont

 

Recreational Vehicles on Private Property

Storage of trucks, cars or major recreational equipment, including, but not limited to, boats, boat trailers, camping trailers, motorized homes and house trailers is an allowed accessory use on private property in all of the following zoning districts;


• E1, E2, R1, R2, R3, MH (Mobile Home);
• RLE (Residential Low Density Established);
• RMD (residential mixed density);
• CBD (Central Business District ONLY if accessory to a residential use);
• P (public, quasi-public, and limited private facilities);
• A (agricultural, rural residential – ONLY if accessory to a residential use, open space, or other related uses);
• MU (mixed use - mixed residential, retail, workplace, and civic settings).

(Covenant controlled communities may have more restrictive controls on parking and storage of recreational equipment – please check your HOA guidelines for applicable restrictions. Code Enforcement and the City do not enforce local covenants in residential communities)

Residents may legally park and store major recreational equipment on private property (including the driveway or an improved surface parking pad) as long as they don’t violate the following sections of the Longmont Municipal Code.

• 15.04.030.B.3 – Setbacks from sight distance triangles. No accessory structure or use shall be located within a required sight distance triangle. (RVs, camping trailers, motorhomes and similar recreational equipment may not interfere with the 15 foot clear sight triangle at the intersection of a private driveway and a street. They also may not interfere with the 30 foot clear sight triangle at the intersection of two streets or a street and an alley.)


Sight Distance Graphic

• 13.04.310 - Temporary obstruction permit-Conditions
It is unlawful for any person to obstruct or create a barrier, or partially obstruct the public property or way, without first obtaining a permit from the city as set forth in this chapter, subject to the following conditions or chapter 13.37. (Ord. No. O-2007-44, § 10) (RVs, camping trailers, motorhomes and similar recreational equipment may not partially or completely obstruct public property or ways. In other words, they can’t hang out over the sidewalk if they are parked in the driveway or parking pad adjacent to the driveway. Permits are NOT granted to allow a recreational vehicle to obstruct public property.)

 

• 16.20.135 Section 302.3.1 IPMC Surfacing
Any required front or side yard setback adjacent to a street, on which a vehicle is driven or parked, must be surfaced with asphalt, concrete or gravel. If gravel, the parking surface must be at least three inches deep and must be kept free of vegetation and if necessary, provide a border to prevent parking surface from spreading. At least sixty percent of any yard adjacent to a street and seventy-five percent for all yards adjacent to a street on a corner lot, shall be landscaped. No parking shall be permitted in landscape areas. (Ord. No. O-2012-85, § 6, 12-18-2012) (RVs, camping trailers, motorhomes and similar recreational equipment must be parked or stored on an improved surface as defined about in the front yard or side yard adjacent to a street. They DO NOT have to be on an improved surface in a rear yard. In the instance where a front or side yard is 100 percent xeriscaped with rock, only 40% of the area of the front yard and only 25% of the area of the side yard may be used for actual parking.)

• 15.04.030.D.1.a.iii - Mobile homes, recreational vehicles and travel trailers shall not be used as dwelling units accessory to principal one-family dwellings.

 

Recreational Vehicles on Public Property

Major recreational equipment, including, but not limited to, boats, boat trailers, camping trailers, motorized homes and house trailers may also park on the public street for up to 24 hours at a time without moving as long as they don’t violate these other sections of the Longmont Municipal Code. PARKING infractions as noted below will be issued a parking ticket without prior warning.

• Public streets are not to be used for long term storage or parking and any vehicle left unattended on a public street for longer than 24 hours MAY be assumed to be abandoned, even if it is parked in front of the home where the owner resides.

• If a complaint is received about recreational equipment stored on the public street over the allowed time frame, Code Enforcement or the Police Department may affix a notification tag to the vehicle and chalk mark the tires to notify the owner of the vehicle of the need to move it from its current location on the street.

• 13.04.310 - Temporary obstruction permit-Conditions
It is unlawful for any person to obstruct or create a barrier, or partially obstruct the public property or way, without first obtaining a permit from the city as set forth in this chapter, subject to the following conditions or chapter 13.37. (Ord. No. O-2007-44, § 10) (RVs, camping trailers, motorhomes and similar recreational equipment may not partially or completely obstruct public property or ways. In other words, if parked in the street, can’t have slideouts open such that they obstruct the sidewalk or street.)

• PARKING - 11.04.113. Part 12, Section 1204(1)(a) No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or other official traffic control device in any of the following places: On a sidewalk (Parking with one or more wheels up on the sidewalk in an attempt to level out the RV.)

• PARKING - 11.04.113. Part 12, Section 1204(2)(a) No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or other official traffic control device in any of the following places: Within five (5) feet of a public or private driveway.

• PARKING – 11.04.113.Part 12, Section 1204(2)(c) No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or other official traffic control device in any of the following places: Within twenty (20) feet of a crosswalk at an intersection or within twenty (20) feet of an intersection where there is no crosswalk.

 

Last Updated: 7/28/14

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