Your City, Your Choice: Should RVs be Able to Park Overnight?

Carlsbad could restrict RV owners from parking overnight on city streets as soon as March 1.

The Carlsbad City Council will soon consider passing a new ordinance that would restrict overnight parking of recreational and oversized vehicles citywide to help address the many complaints by residents, visitors and business owners associated with overnight parking of RVs on city streets. 

A draft of the ordinance is available on the city website and at the Transportation Department, 1635 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008. 

The City Council is tentatively scheduled to consider introducing the ordinance on Jan. 29. If the ordinance is approved it would be brought back for adoption at a subsequent meeting and go into effect 30 days after its adoption. 

Members of the public interested in providing feedback about the ordinance are asked to put comments in writing and send via email to transportation@carlsbadca.gov or to the address above. 

City of Carlsbad Deputy Director of Transportation Bryan Jones said the ordinance has become necessary because overnight parking of RVs on city streets has resulted in many problems and complaints, including RV owners dumping trash and sewage on city streets. 

He noted that other coastal cities restrict overnight parking by RVs and have successfully introduced parking permits to address the problem. In October 2012 the City Council directed staff to draft an ordinance that would prohibit overnight parking of RVs within the City of Carlsbad between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. The ordinance would include exceptions to accommodate the needs of city residents and guests.  Those are as follows: 

  • Yearly residential permit: City of Carlsbad residents who own an RV may apply for a free yearly permit to park their vehicle on a public street at their residence for up to 72 hours. This would allow owners to load and unload vehicles before and after a trip. To reduce impacts on neighbors, residents would be limited to four such three-day allowances per calendar month. Permit holders would be expected to abide by the terms of the permit at the risk of losing the permit, receiving a citation, and having their vehicle towed.
  • Temporary 72 hour permit: Carlsbad residents may apply for a temporary permit to allow a guest to park an RV on a public street at their residence. This permit, also free, would allow residents to have guests with an RV park at their residence for up to 72 hours, six times a year, with a minimum of 24 hours between visits.
  • Commercial property permit: Hotels or motels could allow guests to park RVs next to these inns on public streets if the RV cannot be accommodated in the property’s parking lot. The city would issue each hotel and motel reusable permits that they can give to guests. This exception would apply only while the RV occupants are paying guests of the hotel or motel.

Jones said the vast majority of RV owners are law-abiding and recognize that one of the costs of owning an oversize vehicle includes storage, either on one’s private property or in a storage facility. He said the ordinance isn’t meant to discourage RV owners from visiting Carlsbad, and pointed out that South Carlsbad State Beach and private campgrounds have space for residents and tourists in RVs. “The purpose of this ordinance is to let law abiding residents and their guests enjoy their RVs in a way that does not negatively affect their neighborhood’s health, safety and quality of life,” said Jones. 

–City of Carlsbad

richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 10:07 PM
A wish to remain physically alive is "squatting." Really? Let's dump you on the real street in the middle of the night out of no fault of your own and see how you fare. You'd be running screaming to the police station to help you from the dangers and evils of the real street. Let's see: Avenida Encinas periodically is awash with a stench so horrid from the sewage plant no one in their right mind would build a house/apartment on it (which is the case, no such building within a mile of the place, 2, the car dealer customers race their cars so fast along there it can terrorize the most firm hearty, 3, the train makes so much damn noise and vibration when it passes it's never racking at best. And residents a mile or so away have a problem with them staying there? What horse manure. Not one word from you on the human rights of these people to do what they reasonably have to do (while not interfering with the REAL concerns of others) to physically stay alive. You need to do one thing, be very, very ashamed of yourself. For the obvious facts, Rich 760 681-4926
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM
There is already a law on the books in Oceanside that addresses RVs being parked for too long in a neighborhood and it works like a charm. Issue 72 hour warning citation, the RVer needs to move a half mile from site, and not return for 3 or 4 days. This clears out the area, and the RVer isn't made into a pariah or has his human existence rights cut off at the knees. More on the silly, stupid obvious, Rich 760 681-4926
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Let's see: police don't lie (they pushed through federal law allowing them to legally do so everywhere including in court), they don't have an agenda (the more laws and rules they push through the more recession proof work they have for life. And the more they manipulate the sheeple imbeciles residing most cities the more they can control everything about your lives. What don't you like about the life of most cops? "Unsavory." Let's do raids of houses and apartments and seize the buildings and jail the unsavories along with the rest of the people in those targeted enclosures. Does criminalizing human existence sound "fair and reasonable to you, if it was you, or your child, or your mother, or your husband? Have a thought in your head for cryin' out loud. For the stupid, upside down, rightside up obvious facts and evidence about this, Rich 760 681-4926
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Touche. One point never thought to add to the obvious, RVs are made in US. But let's outlaw them if they are used to house the otherwise unhousable. Wow! What kind and generous american spirit. I'm here, so you better live at my standard or your a suspect, unsavory, maybe even a sleazy criminal. The mental illness in this city is deafening. for more on the ridiculously obvious facts on this issue: Rich 760 681-4926
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 10:44 PM
The bottom line, RVs must be made a legal alternative to living in a fixed building. It is a viable living quarters, a viable lifestyle, it is heaven sent on the environment, and for a whole host of other reasons it needs to be a part of the american landscape as far as housing goes. If the stupid control freaks want their permits of such, that can be orderly and effectively done where inhabited RVs can be issued a permit, on a yearly basis, pay a certain amount of dow, and be done with it. The crap people waste their short lives on never ceases to drop my jaw down to the ground. Rich on the full dealio of all of this, and/or to help stopping this insane proposed overnight ban of RVs in Carsbad: 760 681-4926


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