RV's and Trailer Parking/Storage

DIVISION 4. - NON-MOTOR AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

Sec. 42-141. Definitions.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this division, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Non-motor vehicles means any vehicle, including boat and boat trailers, utility trailers, box trailers, stock trailers, trailer-mounted equipment, or wheel-mounted machinery, in excess of seven feet in height or eight and one-half feet in width or ten feet in length.

Recreational vehicle means a vehicular portable structure designed for temporary or short-term occupancy for travel, recreational or vacation uses which can be towed, hauled or driven. Such vehicles shall include, but not be limited to, vacation travel trailers, converted buses, tent trailers, motor homes or similar devices used for temporary portable housing, but shall not include pickups (with campers) which do not exceed one ton in rated capacity and are not longer than 22 feet in length, with campers mounted thereon.

Sec. 42-142. - Compliance.
(a) Non-motor vehicles. It shall be unlawful for any non-motor vehicle to park, stand, or stop on any public street, alley or right-of-way except for the purpose of expeditiously loading or unloading passengers, equipment, freight or merchandise.

A non-motor vehicle may be parked on a public street for up to 30 consecutive days if parked pursuant to the remodeling, construction or other business activity at the location or address where the work is being performed.

(b) Recreational vehicles. It shall be unlawful for any recreational vehicle to park, stand or stop on any public street, alley or right-of-way, except for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers, goods or equipment for a maximum, consecutive period of 72 hours. 

(c) Non-motor and recreational vehicles. Non-motor or recreational vehicles parked for a limited period of time must:

  1. Be operable and in working condition;
  2. Have a valid license plate, current vehicle registration and inspection sticker attached thereto; and
  3. Be legally parked facing the correct direction on any public roadway.

In no instance, for any period of time, shall a non-motor or recreational vehicle encroach upon a public sidewalk or be parked within or obstruct an intersection visibility triangle, as defined by this Code.

Non-motor or recreational vehicles parked in the front or side yard adjacent to public property (street, alley or right-of-way) in the local retail, central business district or in a residential/single family zoning district must be placed upon an improved surface (asphalt, concrete, gravel, chat, caliche or other all-weather surface) and be provided with a similarly improved driveway connecting to a street or alley. Vehicles shall observe a five-foot side yard setback when adjacent to a dwelling or building.

Sec. 42-143. - Hardship
In the event of an immediate personal or family hardship, the building inspector or city designee may grant the use of a recreational vehicle as living quarters for a temporary period of time not to exceed 180 days. The building inspector may establish specific terms and conditions for the temporary hardship waiver to minimize the safety hazard and/or any potential adverse impact to property owners in the area.

Sec. 42-144. - Offense.
(a) Any person, firm or corporation who shall be in violation of this division, as described by Section 42142, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor; and upon conviction, said person, firm or corporation shall be fined a sum not to exceed $500.00. Each and every day the violation exists shall constitute a separate and distinct offense. In the event the owner of said property is a corporation, each officer of said corporation may be held separately liable for the penalties herein provided.

(b) The court shall order abatement of the nuisance upon conviction.

DIVISION 3. - RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

Sec. 10-631. - Definitions.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this division, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Licensed travel trailer or motor home means a trailer or motor home:

  1. Designed primarily as a temporary living quarters for recreational camping, travel or seasonal use.
  2. Built on a single chassis and permanently towable by a light duty truck or self-propelled.
  3. Less than eight feet in width and less than 40 feet long.
  4. Currently licensed by this state to operate on public roads in this state or currently licensed in another state that is recognized by this state under reciprocal agreement.

Sec. 10-632. - Temporary parking space requirements.
(a) Properly zoned mobile home parks, with specific use zoning, are authorized to allow temporary parking of licensed travel trailers or motor homes. Travel trailers or motor homes cannot be parked on individual lots in residential retail or commercial zones.

(b) The owner of a mobile park may equip and designate one or more mobile home spaces as eligible for temporary occupancy by the owner of a licensed travel trailer or motor home. To designate and qualify a temporary space:

  1. The mobile park owner shall install and have electrical inspection of a proper outdoor approved service box that consist of an appropriately powered outlet for travel trailers, with a standard GFCI outlet (110 amp three prong), with appropriate sized breakers for each outlet, all within a single service box that is protected by a main disconnect located at another location.  This may be in addition to the regular, fixed wiring mobile home box so that the space can be used either by a travel trailer or as a permanent mobile home space.
  2. Water, sewer, and sanitation service will be billed to the mobile home park owner, who will have the account in the park owner's name.
  3. There will be no connection to natural gas by a licensed travel trailer or motor home parked under these temporary use conditions.
  4. The travel trailer or motor home must be properly parked on the designated site and shall comply with all setback requirements.
  5. Only one unit will be allowed on a space.

Sec. 10-633. - Use of temporary spaces
(a) A licensed travel trailer or motor home can occupy a properly equipped and designated parking space for up to 90 days without a city building or electrical permit.

(b) The mobile home park owner shall:

  1. Keep a registration book or card of each travel trailer or mobile home temporarily parked showing the address of the parking space, the date the unit was moved into the space, the name of the unit owner, the owner's driver's license number and the current license plate number of the unit. When the unit is moved out, the date must be noted. This registration book may be inspected by the city.
  2. Sign a temporary parking notice on the date of move-in that outlines the provisions of this division and which states the date that the 90-day time period will expire. This notice will be kept as a part of the park owner's records along with the registration information.

(c) The charge for sewer and garbage service to a temporary space when in use shall be a minimum of one month's service fee.