Traffic Bylaw Regulations for Parking RVs on Public Streets
Definition of Recreational Vehicle
Any vehicle designed to provide temporary living accommodation for travel, vacation, or recreational use, and to be driven, towed or transported.
The Traffic Bylaw 5590 allows RV parking on the roadway immediately beside the owner's residence, for no more than 72 consecutive hours.
After 72 hours, the RV must be moved off the city street for at least 48 consecutive hours. After 48 hours the RV may be parked again on the roadway beside the owner's residence.
Note: The owner’s residence is established through motor vehicle registries. The vehicle owner is responsible for having up-to-date vehicle registration information.
Trailer style RVs
Unattached trailers cannot be parked on City streets at any time. This includes but is not limited to:
- tent trailers
- travel trailers
- fifth wheel trailers
- boat trailers
- utility trailers and
- campers not mounted on trucks
Parking Time Limits and Fines
The time limit for parking any vehicle on a street is 72 consecutive hours, unless the street has its own specific restrictions in place. After 72 hours vehicles are considered to be abandoned.
The fine for improper RV parking on City streets is $50. Any tows are at the owner’s expense.
Recreational vehicles on roadways or on public spaces cannot be occupied for use as a temporary dwelling.
Zoning Bylaw regulations for RVs parked on private residential property
There is an exception:
Between April 1 and October 31, an RV may be parked on the front of a residence without a back lane, provided that the vehicle is parked 2 metres back from the interior edge of the sidewalk or 2 metres back from the curb if there is no sidewalk. The RV must be parked on a driveway and may not be parked on the landscaped portion of the front yard.
Zoning Bylaw definitions
A "large Recreational Vehicle" shall include any motorhome, travel trailer, or fifth wheel trailer; any camper when it is not mounted on a truck, but placed on the ground, on a stand or otherwise stored; or any similar vehicles.
A "large Recreational Vehicle" shall not include:
- small utility trailers
- camper van conversions
- tent trailers campers which are mounted in trucks
- all-terrain vehicles
- jet skis
- or motorcycles and trailers to carry them.
Fines for non-compliance
Fines for Zoning Bylaw infractions start at $400. If compliance is not achieved, escalating fines and/or other enforcement action, including the removal of the vehicle at the owner’s expense, may be initiated.