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City Gets Strict on Overnight RV Parking

The city has received an increase in complaints from residents regarding RV parking and the impact the practice has on their quality of life.

The Carlsbad City Council has directed staff to draft a new ordinance that would restrict overnight parking of recreational and oversized vehicles citywide, to cut down on overnight camping on city streets.

Although overnight camping on city streets is already illegal, the City of Carlsbad Police Department has limited tools to address these complaints and dedicates a lot of time responding to the negative effects of overnight parking and camping.  

In a workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 16, the 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. 

“The City of Carlsbad wants to continue to allow residents and tourists the ability to enjoy our great coastal weather and attractions in their recreational and oversized vehicles during the day,” City of Carlsbad Deputy Director of Transportation Bryan Jones said. But he noted that the practice of camping overnight in RVs on city streets results in many problems and complaints. 

“Some RV users are negatively affecting our quality of life.  We are now following other jurisdictions that have such ordinances,” Jones said. Some other coastal cities restrict overnight parking by RVs and have introduced parking permits to address the problem.

 The Council directed staff to include three exceptions in the proposed ordinance to accommodate city residents and visitors who own RVs. Those are as follows: 

  • Yearly Residential Permit: City of Carlsbad residents who own an RV could apply for a yearly no-fee 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 negative effects on neighbors, residents would be limited to four such three-day allowances within a 30-day period. Permit holders would be expected to abide by the terms of the permit at the risk of losing them.
  • Temporary 72 Hour Permit: Carlsbad residents could apply for a temporary permit to allow a guest to park an RV on a public street at their residence. This no-fee permit would allow a specific RV to park at the residence for up to three consecutive nights.
  • 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 they 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.

Based on today’s direction, city staff will introduce a draft ordinance to the City Council at an upcoming meeting. 

Following its introduction, the City Council will consider the ordinance for adoption at the meeting following its introduction.  Ordinances go into effect 30 days following adoption.  Meeting agendas are posted on the city website and at City Hall the Friday before a Tuesday evening meeting.

–City of Carlsbad

Do you think overnight RV parking in Carlsbad is an issue? Tell us in comments.

richard shapiro October 17, 2012 at 05:59 PM
It is simply yet another, and this one a completely devastating one, outrage. Most people living in RV's have to be out of necessity. No money for rent. The bushes is their next step. Most people in RV's living in them are exceedingly quiet, keep to themselves, are very clean, and do not bother a soul. The few problems that there are are symtomatic of the entire society, crazy behavior due to drugs, trashing an area, etc.. Thus to use such as an RV problem is yet another outrage. Lastly, we are suffering in this country, most people, the worst recession in 80 years. To completely ignore this fact is symtomatic of the subhuman child mentality that runs our government and those in society who encourage it or allow it to occur. Instead of being happy that these people at least have their own roof over their head, the city (monsters in my opinion) do everything to make their lives a living hell and not allow them to simply exist. I intend to do all I can to confront this despicable ordinance now proposed. There is no excuse but insanity for it. I need all the help I can get. Rich Shapiro, buzz1857@yahoo.com, 760 681-4926
Rob Shelton October 17, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Richard Shapiro's concern for the less fortunate is commendable. Avenida Encinas has the appearance of an RV park due to the high number of RVs that are parked on this stretch of road. These RVers have overstayed their welcome using city streets for a free home near the beach. Carlsbad needs this ordinance and it sounds fair. Rob Shelton (Full Time RVer)
S. A. S. October 18, 2012 at 03:01 AM
I live in Waters End and the RV's continually parked on Ave Encinas are a safety hazard. You can't see over their roofs for oncoming traffic. Also, I know who my neighbors are in my community, I can't say that about these mobile wanderers. Tell me how my family can feel safe when potential criminals, child sex offenders, and other riff raff are allowed to squat here?
richard shapiro November 19, 2012 at 08:38 PM
The vacant nonsense submitted by Rob Shelton and S.A.S. is the typical sleazy fair of your average fear and ego following sheeple in this country. 1st.: The right to exist doesn't rest on the foundation of "appearances." If that were the case, I'm sure there are untold people out there who would deny Rob Shelton, S. A. S. and their like the air they breathe, much less a roof over their head, never mind a job.
richard shapiro November 19, 2012 at 08:41 PM
2cnd.: Per Rob Shelton's nonsense: "...overstayed their welcome..." welcome should be applied to ALL vehicles (already 72 hour limit on the books), not the ones that aren't up to your snuff of visual appeal and the Joneses. Let's just make the same filth mentality apply to ugly cars we don't like. 3rd.: "...free home near the beach." is an affordable roof over the head of veterans, the elderly, the disabled, the unemployed and the homeless (via no fault of their own), Many other cities have pulled this stunningly subhuman law, and it's time for people who consider themselves truly human, truly adult, or at least aspiring to such, take a stand in one of the last places it's (relatively, technically illegal already re "no camping law") legal to EXIST, without an impossible income only the fortunate have in place. Does Mr. Rob Shelton forget about the central thing we are talking about here? That we have been in a depression (not a recession) for nearly 8 years, and their are more and more people on the street. Does Mr. Rob Shelton forget that he, as a full time RVer, has a nice steady income to reside in a nice safe, comfortable RV park ....because... he receives a nice, safe income of some kind? Ahh, how when the shoe is on the other foot, suddenly all our humanity drains out of us like radiator coolant.
richard shapiro November 19, 2012 at 09:01 PM
This, more than anything else, makes me want to "figuratively" spit on much of my fellow man. As someone with an actuall backbone, here's my phone number if people, much less Mr. Rob Shelton, would like to talk about ALL the aspects of this. I usually end up being the Maytag repairman by the phone. Another sign of the abject cowardice of our society. 4th.: Mr. S.A.S. unabashedly states this nonsense: You can't see over the roofs of the RVs creating a safety hazard? What on earth is this person talking about? You mean driving down the road? Well let's ban all vehicles over 5 feet high so Mr. S.A.S. and other can safely see over them. Oye.
richard shapiro November 19, 2012 at 09:04 PM
5th.: Mr. S.A.S. first starts off with his 'bigot telltale verbiage' how he knows his neighbors, but doesn't know 'those mobile wanderers.' Then this fear/ego induced individual ups his blatant discrimination for those not like him into referring to RVs who happen to be living in their RV due no other choice as: 'potential criminals, child sex offenders, and other riff raff." If anyone with half a synapse can't see this putrid insane child mentality (rife throughout our worst human history), there's nothing I or any other can say to bring them back from the brink of their own exceedingly dangerous ignorance.
richard shapiro November 19, 2012 at 09:05 PM
6th.: As for the comment '...allowed to squat here' crapola’: Let's drop Mr. S.A.S. into the same (via no fault of his own) situation and see if he would like to get the old and crappy looking RV he purchased with his last dime towed under this new proposed law, and he then would truly be @#$$&#$^&. Truly devastated to any bush, overhang or hideout he can find to shelter his body. Nowhere to store a thing, nowhere to sleep or rest, nowhere to cook, nowhere to be safe from predators (including our finest, the police), nowhere to clean up. Let's just give all these willy nilly RVers a hand gun to eliminate themselves, and be done with it. Mr. S.A.S. can't bring himself to state such a thought, but mostly due to his abject cowardice on this issues and I'm sure many like it. Again, I'm not a coward, would rather die in a heartbeat than be one (I'm not talking anything but being able to defend your own thoughts), so here's my number for anyone wishing to chime in on this textbook issue that stems back from the time man stood up on this planet, the simple right for others, who aren't like you, to be able to exist, never mind live, thrive, or get ahead in life. Richard Shapiro 760 681-4926.
Phil November 24, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Too bad no one will see this valid comment due to the noise preceeding it. I'll be bringing my wife and dogs to my daughters for a ten day stay and had hoped to just park in front of her house. Looks like Carlsbad doesn't want this type of visitor. Guess the only way to do it is sell her the coach and have her obtain the yearly permit referenced above. There ought to be another permit written.
Pam Keel December 13, 2012 at 06:31 AM
If someone is sleeping in their vehicle outside of your home in Oregon, They are considered an intruder, because they can monitor your coming and going. RVs should park in RV parks, not in neighborhoods! Anywhere!
richard shapiro December 21, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Pam, you're just another moron not worth the skin it inhabits. You ignore the obvious, and address the silly. Go back to sleep or take more of your meds.
HomefreeCoalition December 29, 2012 at 08:20 AM
Great, so the homeowners a mile away have more. "Right" to this public street than anyone else, and can verify it with a permit? News flash about water's end. The Lamborghini driver is noisy, there is a couple on drugs who come out hammered to yell at an old lady with a trailer, people jump the fence, park outside the gate overnight for done reason and walk in, and they STORE their own vehicles on the street. The RVers do not cause any problems. Go complain about the Porsche dealership causing high speed traffic or the waste water stinky plant you decided to buy a house right next to.
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Stop, it's called a drivers license for something. It means you now how to drive and look around things. There are tons of oversized vehicles on the road not RVs, you wan't to ban all them? Stop being a dumb ass and support your fellow man to staying alive. for more on the obvious rock dumb truth of the matter, Rich , 760 681-4926
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Ooooh, you don't know "those people, those bogymans" who live in their RVs. Ooooh, you need to shrivel up and blow away from your preposterous fears. Stop being a dumb ass and support your fellow man to stay alive. Be the thing you say you are, a human being. Rich 760 681-4926
Dan Rice March 01, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Shapiro you are clearly the only abrasive dilusional moron commenting on this thread. Phil you can still park your RV in front of your daughters house just have her apply for the permit and move it a couple times if necessary. I own a small RV and have always found a safe responsible LEGAL location to park it. Home free coalition, the bottom line is an RV can definitely be a hazard. They are large and present a potential safety issue for those of us with children who may need to cross the street for various reasons. It's like letting a tree grow out of the street completely obstructing the view when parked for days or weeks at a time. The speeding Porsche can be ticketed and even the noisy Lamborghini has noise ordinance restrictions. There are definitely laws against being hammered on drugs and jumping my fence. The stinky waste water plant reference is just plain stupid!

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