This page provides examples of how cities and counties in Washington State regulate the parking and storage of oversized vehicles such as semi trucks, RVs, boats, and trailers.
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. A few provide more specific area combinations of height and weight.
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.
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 truck over a gross weight capacity in excess of ten thousand one (10,001) pounds and a trailer in excess of twenty (20) feet in length; provides for unloading or loading of vehicles
- Lake Forest Park Municipal Code Sec. 10.12.017 - Parking regulations for Trucks and Trailers - Regulates parking of commercial truck, trailer, or any type of construction equipment in residential zone except for loading or unloading
- North Bend Municipal Code Ch. 10.06 - Parking - Prohibits truck, truck tractor, semitrailer, or combination thereof over 25,999 pounds gross vehicle weight and/or 96 inches in width on certain streets; provides 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
- Tacoma Municipal Code Sec. 11.05.200 - Parking of Commercial Vehicles in Residential Neighborhood Prohibited and Sec. 11.05.230 Parking, Extended Period - No person shall park a vehicle, boat trailer, recreation trailer, camper, or other licensed or unlicensed vehicle or device for a period of time longer than seven calendar days on any public street or alley right-of-way
- 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
- Burlington Municipal Code Sec. 10.12.170 - Parking Restrictions for Commercial and Recreational Vehicles - Allows storage in garage and private driveways; Sec 10.12.180 allows a recreational to be occupied for residence purposes for a period of not more than seven days.
- Edmonds Municipal Code Sec. 17.50.100 - Commercial Vehicle Regulations - Storage in R Zoned Districts - Requires conditional use permit for storage of a vehicle over 10,000 pounds licensed gross vehicle weight
- 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 not more than 30 days in any one year
- Olympia Unified Development Code Sec. 18.40.060 (E) Outdoor Storage - Provides general storage requirements for cars and boats with limitatons (F) Pleasure Boat Storage - Provides requirements for moorage structures; A moored boat shall not be used as a place of residence unless some means is employed to connect such boat with the city sewer system
- Pullman Municipal Code Ch. 17.105 - 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
- Redmond Zoning Code Sec. 20D.130.10-050 - Parking and Storage of Recreational, Utility, and Commercial Vehicles and Vessels in Residential Neighborhoods - The intent of this section is to define permitted locations for the parking of recreational, utility, and commercial vehicles and vessels within residential areas of the City such that neighborhood quality and character are maintained
- Sequim Municipal Code Sec. 18.48.100 - Parking and Storage of Recreational Vehicles, Boats and Trailers on Residential Property -Provides that noncommercial recreational vehicles, trailers and boats and trailers may be parked and stored on residential property only in conformance with the listed conditions. See also Sec 18.48.120 - Commercial storage of vehicles.
- Woodland Ordinance No. 1212 - Provides standards for storage of recreational vehicles in low density, passed 06/06/2011