City Council passes Recreational Vehicle Parking Ordinance

Staff, City of Sebastopol newsletter, February 25, 2022

In a special meeting on February 23, the Sebastopol City Council held a second reading of, and passed, an ordinance which prohibits parking recreational vehicles:

  • on any public street in the city that is zoned residential at any time.
  • on any public street in the city that is zoned commercial, industrial, or community facility at any time between the hours of 7:30am and 10:00pm.
  • on any park, square, or alley at any time.
  • in any city-owned parking lot at any time unless that person is conducting city-related business during business hours at the location for which the parking lot is designated.
    less than 30 feet from the corner of any street.

Exceptions are made for recreational vehicles parked:

  • as a result of mechanical breakdown so as to allow the performance of emergency repairs on the vehicle for a period not to exceed 48 hours.
  • on any public street in the city that is zoned residential so as to allow the use of a homeowner, tenant, or out-of-town visitor to load/unload the vehicle for a period not to exceed 72 hours.

The ordinance does not apply to commercial vehicles providing services to businesses, such as the delivery or picking up of goods or vehicles otherwise approved by other City of Sebastopol departments through that department’s permitting process (e.g., construction vehicles).

The ordinance goes into effect on March 26, 2022. City Staff was directed to return to the Council with information on potential adjustments to the current 72-hour parking rule and to look at a possible permitting structure. The adopted ordinance will be available soon on the Municipal Code link on the City’s website.