Chapter 10.52


10.52.010    72-hour limit – Removal.

10.52.020    Repairing vehicles on streets.

10.52.030    Human habitation in vehicles prohibited.

10.52.040    Sleeping in vehicles.

10.52.010 72-hour limit – Removal.

A.    No person who owns or has possession, custody or control of any vehicle, trailer, boat or any other property shall park, stand, store or permit, suffer or allow such parking, standing or storing, upon any street, alley or City-owned or operated parking lot for more than a consecutive period of 72 hours. Slight movement back and forth of the vehicle does not constitute compliance with the 72-hour restriction.

B.    In the event a vehicle, trailer, boat or any other property is parked, stored or left standing upon a street, alley or City-owned parking lot in excess of a consecutive period of 72 hours, any member of the police department may issue a parking citation or remove the vehicle, trailer, boat or other property from the street, alley or City-owned parking lot in the manner and subject to the requirements of the CVC and this code. (CVC § 22651(k))

C.    This section shall not apply to vehicles or equipment reasonably placed on public property with the permission of the traffic engineer while construction is in progress. (Ord. 1005 § 2, 2003. Code 1964 § 12.64.010.)

10.52.020 Repairing vehicles on streets.

No person shall park a vehicle, trailer, boat, or any other mechanical equipment or device upon any street for the principal purpose of greasing or repairing the same, except repairs necessitated by an emergency. (Ord. 1005 § 2, 2003. Code 1964 § 12.64.020.)

10.52.030 Human habitation in vehicles prohibited.

A.    Definitions. For purposes of this section, “vehicle” includes any boat, house boat, mobile home, car, truck, van, sport utility vehicle, commercial truck, camp car, house car, camper, bus, recreational vehicle, tiny house (constructed as a trailer with a Department of Motor Vehicles registration), or any other vehicle generally used for human habitation and designed for transport on wheels or in tow by motor vehicles.

B.    Exceptions. Vehicles parked and occupied in mobile home parks, travel trailer parks, or similar areas specifically set aside and lawfully used under zoning and other regulations for the use of such vehicles by human habitation.

    During the two-year period commencing on October 9, 2017, the date of Proclamation of a State of Emergency by Governor Edmund J. Brown and ending on October 9, 2019, vehicles generally used for human habitation and tiny houses as defined in subsection (A) of this section may be parked and occupied; provided, that the following criteria are met:

1.    The vehicle must be parked:

a.    On a private paved or hardscape driveway of an owner-occupied single-family residence outside the PR and CD zoning districts; the vehicle does not extend into the public sidewalk or public street; the residents of the vehicle have 24-hour access to the primary residence restroom and shower facilities unless the vehicle is connected to the city sewer and water systems; no more than one occupied vehicle per lot shall be allowed; or

b.    In a private parking lot of an industrial, commercial or institutional use outside the PR and CD zoning districts; the vehicle shall be connected to City sewer and water; the required parking for the facility is not to be reduced by more than 10 percent; and the total number of occupied parking spaces per site does not exceed five. Sites that are currently nonconforming for parking are not eligible.

2.    The owner or user of the vehicle has obtained consent from the property owner prior to parking the vehicle and for the duration of the time in which the vehicle is parked on the owner’s property.

3.    The vehicle is parked a minimum of 20 feet from a habitable building on an adjacent property.

4.    The property owner or vehicle user has obtained a City urgency ordinance temporary land use certificate from the City to park the vehicle.

5.    The vehicle has a model year of 1997 or newer.

6.    The use of a generator to provide power to the vehicle is prohibited.

7.    The vehicle shall include working fire extinguisher, working smoke detector and working carbon monoxide detector.

8.    The vehicle is connected to the appropriate electrical supply for the specific vehicle, which is typically 30 amps.

9.    The residents shall have access to on-site solid waste disposal.

C.    Enforcement. It is unlawful for any person to utilize a vehicle for human habitation on any public or private property, except for areas defined in subsection (B) of this section. (Ord. 1169 §§ 2, 3, 2017; Ord. 1005 § 2, 2003. Code 1964 § 12.64.030.)

10.52.040 Sleeping in vehicles.

It is unlawful for any person to sleep in any vehicle parked on any highway, street, alley, or off-street parking area or any privately owned parking area used for customer parking of any business enterprise in the City between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. (Ord. 1005 § 2, 2003. Code 1964 § 12.64.040.)


For statutory provisions on stopping, standing and parking, see California Vehicle Code § 22500 et seq.; for provisions on removal of parked vehicles, see California Vehicle Code § 22650 et seq.