Red Phone: Can RVs be parked in a yard?

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Are RVs allowed to be parked on private property hooked up to
electricity and water within 10 feet of the city street in the
front yard? If yes, do they have to be concealed if so?
“Are RVs allowed to be parked on private property hooked up to electricity and water within 10 feet of the city street in the front yard? If yes, do they have to be concealed if so?”

& Red Phone: Dear Where To Park, The answer is yes and no.

Gilroy’s Zoning Ordinance Section 33, which regulates the storage of RVs, states RVs may be parked in the front-yard area of residential property under certain conditions, said Scott Barron, Gilroy code enforcement officer.

One of the first requirements is that they must be parked on a “paved or graveled or other approved alternative material driveway.” Sec. 33.30(a) states they can be stored in the front yard area only if parking is “not available in the rear yard or side yard, or the lot is not on a corner and had no reasonable access to either the side yard or rear yard.”

Also Sec. 33.30(f) requires the RV to be parked at least three feet from the side property lines; Sec. (d) states it “must not extend over the public sidewalk;” and (g) the RV cannot “block access to or occupy any required parking spaces.”

“The first sentence states ‘shall be parked for storage only,’ ” Barron said. “That requirement prohibits the occupying of any RV, boat or trailer in a residential zone that is not an approved mobile home park. Based on that, as a rule of thumb, we prohibit the connection of sewer or water lines and electricity, except for temporary electrical connections for charging batteries and other purposes.”

As for the question about the requirement for being concealed, Barron said he was not aware of any such requirements. So you are free to have it out in the open as long as it meets the above requirements.

To report a violation, you can contact the code enforcement office at 846-0430.

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