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Amendments to City Codes Regarding RVs

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Origin of the Policy Change

In late 2016 and throughout 2017, several Longmont residents approached City Council members, Code Enforcement officials, Police and the City Manager’s Office regarding individuals living in RVs and camper trailers on residential streets throughout Longmont neighborhoods. These residents complained that RV dwellers have left trash, been disruptive, had unleashed or vicious dogs outside of their vehicles, and/or failed to clean up pet excrement. Based on this citizen input, City Council asked City staff in April to come up with solutions that would help alleviate the impact that these RVs and camper trailers may have on Longmont neighborhoods.

Changes to Policy

  1. No RV may be parked on a City street for more than 48 hours. If an RV owner needs additional time on the street (i.e. grandparents visiting in their RV), a permit may be issued by the City for up to seven days.
  2. RVs may be parked in neighborhoods for up to 48 hours, but after 48 hours must move more than one block away from their current location in order to avoid a citation or the vehicle being towed.
  3. For RV owners who need more time to load and unload their vehicle for camping trips or have guests that want to live in an RV for more than 48 hours, these RV owners can obtain a permit which allows the RV to stay there for up to 7 days.

This ordinance is enforced on a complaint basis only. If you haven’t been notified by either Code Enforcement, Parking Enforcement or the Police Department that your RV is in violation – you do not need to proactively obtain a permit. Knowing this – if you still wish to pay for a 7 day RV parking permit, click on the Citizen Portal link to proceed. On the Citizen Portal page menu ribbon at the very top, hover your mouse over “Start New Application” and click on the link for “License”. If you have never used the Citizen Portal, you will be prompted to create a log-in profile before you can apply and pay for a RV parking permit.
 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Proposed Ordinance

1. How will this new ordinance be enforced?

a. Similar to the current policy, this Code will be enforced on a complaint-basis. This means that a resident or any other person can contact Code Enforcement or Police to report a violation.

b. An enforcement official will go to the vehicle’s location, place a tag on the vehicle and chalk mark a tire, requiring that the vehicle be relocated within 48 hours.

c. After 48 hours, an enforcement official will go back to the vehicle to ensure it has been moved more than one block from its current location.

d. If the vehicle hasn’t been relocated, a citation may be issued or the vehicle may be towed.

2. My friends or relatives are visiting my home and I don’t have a driveway for them to park their RV in. Can they stay longer than 48 hours on the street in front of my house?

a. This ordinance will be enforced on a complaint-basis, so if no one in your neighborhood turns in your friends or relatives RV to the City of Longmont, it is possible that the City would not ever be aware their RV was on the street for more than 48 hours.

b. If a neighbor or other citizen does report your visitor’s vehicle to Code Enforcement or Police and enforcement officials verify through the process outlined above that it has been on the same block for more than two days (48 hours), they can obtain a Street Use Permit, and remain on the street up to seven days. If they want to stay longer, they must simply move to the next block or move onto to private property (with permission of the property owner) in order to avoid enforcement action. However, RV’s on residentially zoned private property may not be used as accessory dwelling units and lived in long term.

3. My Homeowners Association (HOA) prohibits RV parking on the street. Do these new City of Longmont regulations replace my HOA rules?

a. No, Homeowners Association rules still apply and the HOA can take any enforcement action at their disposal to enforce their own rules.

4. It sometimes takes me four or five days to unload, clean and reload my RV each time, so my RV may be parked on the street for more than two days (48 hours). Will I face enforcement action if I leave it there for four days?

a. This ordinance will be enforced on a complaint-basis, so if no one in your neighborhood turns in your RV to the City of Longmont, it is possible that the City would not ever be aware your RV was on the street for more than 48 hours.

b. If a neighbor or other citizen does report your vehicle to Code Enforcement or Police and enforcement officials verify through the process outlined above that it has been on the same block for more than two days (48 hours), you could face enforcement action. If you need more than two days (48 hours) to unload, clean or load your RV or camper, a permit can be obtained from the City of Longmont for up to seven days, you may move the RV into a driveway or onto another part of your property where allowed. Unoccupied RV’s stored on private property are not required to move around.

5. My block has a person living in an RV on our street, but we enjoy the person and his/her trailer in our neighborhood. What will happen to that person once the new ordinance is approved?

a. This ordinance will be enforced on a complaint-basis, so if no one in your neighborhood turns in the RV dweller to the City of Longmont, it is possible that the City would not ever be aware that someone is living on the street in a camper or RV. As such, no enforcement action would be taken. However, once a complaint is received, City staff would take the appropriate action to ensure the RV relocates at least one block away or is relocated onto private property.

6. If I want to invite a person living in an RV to park their vehicle in my driveway or somewhere else on my property, is that allowed?

a. No - City code prohibits using an RV as an accessory dwelling unit on a residentially zoned lot, so living in an RV on residential private property would not be allowed. You may allow that person to park their unoccupied RV on your driveway or elsewhere on your property as long as the vehicle is parked on an all-weather surface (gravel, asphalt, concrete, etc) where parking is allowed. Unoccupied RV’s on private property are not required to move around.

7. Can someone who moves his/her RV after being required by the City to do so come back to my block after seven days?

a. Yes, but because the RV owner had been required by enforcement officials to relocate the vehicle previously, City staff has reasoned that most RV owners will not return to the same block over and over. However, if that occurs, staff will present Council with an amendment to the ordinance requiring the RV to relocate from the block in question for a certain amount of time in excess of seven days.

8. Does this ordinance apply to vehicles and trailers other than RVs and camper trailers?

a. Yes, it applies to all vehicles, although only RV or camper trailer owners are required to move vehicles to another block, and only RVs and camper trailer owners can apply for a permit to keep their vehicle on the block for up to seven days.

9. How do I report violations?

a. All violations should be filed electronically through our Citizens' Online Police Reporting System. Follow the instructions and find the link to submit your report for abandoned/junked vehicles.

10.  I have questions or want more information about this policy.  Who do I contact?

a. For more information or questions, please contact Code Enforcement, 303-651-8695. 

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