Chapter 8.40


8.40.010    Definitions.

8.40.020    Limitations.

8.40.030    Permit.

8.40.040    Parking on City streets.

8.40.050    Violation—Authority to impound.

8.40.010 Definitions.

For the purposes of this section, the following words and phrases shall mean and include:

A.    “Camper” means a structure designed to be mounted upon a motor vehicle and to provide facilities for human habitation or camping purposes.

B.    “House car” means a motor vehicle originally designed or permanently or temporarily altered and equipped for human habitation or to which a camper has been permanently or temporarily attached.

C.    “Human habitation” means the intentional establishment of a temporary or permanent place of human occupancy for purposes of overnight lodging or camping.

D.    “Mobile home” means a structure as defined in Section 18008 of the Health and Safety Code of the State.

E.    “Person” means an individual, firm, partnership, joint venture, entity, association, social club, fraternal organization, joint stock company, corporation, estate, trust, business trust, receiver, trustee, syndicate, or any other group or combination acting as a unit, excepting the United States of America, the State and any political subdivision of either thereof.

F.    “Recreational vehicle” means a motor home, trailer, camper, or similar structure as defined in Section 18010 of the Health and Safety Code of the State.

G.    “Trailer or trailer coach” means a structure designed to be drawn by a motor vehicle for human habitation or human occupancy and for carrying persons or property on its own structure. (Ord. 1405 § 1 (part), 2009: Ord. 1291 § 1 (part), 2001)

8.40.020 Limitations.

No person shall use, occupy, or permit the use or occupancy of any automobile, truck, camper, house car, mobile home, recreational vehicle, trailer, trailer coach, or similar conveyance for human habitation on any public property, street, avenue, alley, or other public way, within the City of San Carlos, except where use occurs lawfully through issuance of a temporary permit by the Chief of Police, or his/her designee. (Ord. 1405 § 1 (part), 2009: Ord. 1291 § 1 (part), 2001)

8.40.030 Permit.

A.    The Chief of Police or his/her designee, by written permit, may allow the temporary use or occupancy of a camper, house car, mobile home, recreational vehicle, or trailer coach on or in any public street or public right-of-way on a finding that the use will not be detrimental to the public health, safety or welfare, and may impose conditions on the permit.

B.    The permit shall be valid for up to fourteen days, or such shorter time as determined by the Chief of Police, and shall not be renewable for a minimum period of six months.

C.    The permit granted hereunder is subject to revocation at any time the Police Chief finds there has been a violation of conditions of the permit.

D.    Whenever a permit is granted under the provisions of this section, vehicles shall be exempt from Section 10.32.400 (seventy-two-hour parking) during the permit period and from Section 8.40.040. (Ord. 1405 § 1 (part), 2009: Ord. 1291 § 1 (part), 2001)

8.40.040 Parking on City streets.

A.    Except as provided in this chapter, the parking of any recreational vehicle on any public street, the definition of which includes any avenue, highway, lane, alley, court or public place, remains subject to regulation of parking pursuant to established City or State traffic and zoning regulations.

B.    Except as provided pursuant to subsections C and D of this section, no person shall park or leave standing a recreational vehicle on any public street between the hours of ten p.m. and six a.m. the following day.

C.    Notwithstanding subsection B of this section, a person may park a recreational vehicle during the hours of ten p.m. and six a.m. the following day on a public street immediately abutting the lot upon which such resident resides, subject to the following limitations:

1.    Such parking shall be for the purpose of convenient departure from or return to the residence by such resident in connection with a planned trip, outing or vacation of the resident and/or the resident’s family commencing or ending the same day of such parking, including any loading or unloading of persons and personal effects or for the preparation of the vehicle incidental to such departure or return; and

2.    Such parking shall in no event occur on more than two occasions during any seven-day period. (Ord. 1405 § 1 (part), 2009)

8.40.050 Violation—Authority to impound.

A.    In the event that any recreational vehicle is placed on, located or allowed to stand in any place in the City in violation of the provisions of this chapter, or is used for any purpose in violation of this chapter, a police officer of the City may, at the officer’s discretion, impound such recreational vehicle, and cause the same to be taken to an approved storage facility or impound area. The expenses of towing such recreational vehicle to such facility or impound area and the storage of same, as herein provided, shall be paid by the person or persons owning and/or operating such recreational vehicle prior to its release.

B.    The fine for a parking violation pursuant to this chapter shall be fifty dollars. (Ord. 1405 § 1 (part), 2009)