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Does the city of Los Angeles allows RV trailers to be parked on driveway?

My neighbors have a huge RV trailer (28 f long) that they keep on their drive way permanently. It sits just on our property line. We have a shared driveway.
What is the law in LA? Can they keep it there? I was told that the RV really brings my house value down... help anyone?

  • February 11 2011 - West Los Angeles
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Profile picture for Blue Nile
In most cases the zoning code was established way before a person bought.  If they wanted to do something with the property that the code doesn't allow, they they should have made sure their agent knew the criterion up front.

Agent led you astray?  Sue the agent's managing broker then.

You really think the property is yours to do as you please?  Then why will the property be there centuries after you are dead?  And why are you paying property taxes to the government?  The property is as much a part of a city or county as it is part of a person's assets.  Sure, break the law if you want to be fined a few hundred dollars several times a year.  Fortunately, it is not a felony.  But if you leave it on the street in front of your house for more than 7 days in the area given for the topic of this thread, it will be impounded.  And you will not only need to pay the towing charges and the fines but also the daily storage charge.  And if you keep doing it, the police or sheriffs may just send it to auction.

Don't blame me; I didn't write the zoning code, nor establish the enforcement policies.
  • December 21 2014
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Most of you people are idiots. If a person has an RV, YES they can keep it in there driveway inside the front gate on private property. Screw you guys. Perhaps you all wished you have a RV as most are probably nicer than you homes. Leave people alone. It's there property and can do what they wish. Someone said what about a drug dealer. Screw you comparing drugs to an RV. Get a life you alcoholic. What if I didn't like the smell of your turds out your bathroom window. Could I force you to change windows and get a filter for your bathroom exhaust. See, silly huh? Let people live and worry about your own life. Enjoy and happy holidays.
  • December 20 2014
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RVs are not typical for the Palms area and really are a eyesore. They DONT bring down the value of your home since it is not permanent though it may seem like it. 

Talk to your neighbor then your area council on if there is anything you can do... Here is a link to the council district map....

.... oh thats funny - I posted the same post like three years ago - I did not notice this post is older than Isis.....


 
  • October 14 2014
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What about a trailer on someone property with someone living it? Is there a code violation for that?
  • October 14 2014
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The person parking their RV is rude and inconsiderate. It should not be on the street 24/7. I don't care what the law says. If they can afford a huge RV, they should find a proper place to store it. The RV owner is interfering with their neighbor's right to enjoy THEIR home. No, we cannot do anything we want. What if your neighbor started selling drugs? You would say let him be and be happy?
  • September 11 2014
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You guys really should focus on finding your own hobby, instead of complaining out some's RV or Boat. You buy a home with the intention of making it your home and thats where you keep/store your belongs be it a bike, car, motorcycle gardening tools, fitness equipment or even a boat or RV. House value is not determined by your neighbors RV but by current home sales in your area. Some of the most expensive cities and neighborhoods all allow for recreational vehicle parking. Why can't people just focus on their own lives and try to be happy without interfering what makes their neighbors happy. Life is short enjoy it, we don't need the goverment or cities telling us what we can an cannot do in the homes we purchase. We will all get old some day and new younger generations might not like how are homes look or what we have in our home should they be able to tell the city to make us change it after its been fine for years and not affecting anyone ? Lets just get along, love our family and neighbors and let everyone enjoy their hobbies while they still can Thx Cesar
  • August 09 2014
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I think if it doesnt move for a certain period of time, you can call the city of Los Angeles and they will place a notice. It may not even be insured, that can be a problem for them.

  • August 13 2013
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Most of un-incorporated Los Angeles has no restrictions on Parking RV's.  Again, it depends on the specific area.  Contact the county building and safety department.
  • November 15 2012
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I have this big RV parked in front of my home and my husband and I hate it.  Can we ask them to move it somewhere else.   Los Angeles County
  • November 15 2012
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The answer still hasn't changed since it was asked in February 2011, over a year and a half ago!  Some parts of the city allow it, other parts don't.  You need to know the specific area and the specific zoning for that area.

The Building department is the best place to call.  They will help interpret the code for you.

Besides, they don't make anyone "get rid of" their personal property.  There are many ways to comply with the code, including parking the RV somewhere else, such as a Walmart parking lot.  They allow up to 30 consecutive days before requiring it to be moved.
  • October 03 2012
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Call the city. In Los Angeles you cannot park an RV unless it's off the street and inside a parking structure. My neighbor had an RV parked in his driveway for ages, and everyone in the neighborhood hated it. I was calling the city on another matter and happened to mention this, and the city official stopped me and asked me to explain further. Within 48 hours someone came and forced the neighbor to get rid of his RV.
  • October 03 2012
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Dear Veredjustin,
To my knowledge there is no law that blocks a property owner from parking a RV on their property.  As long as the vehicle is in good condition and is not on your property,
  • March 19 2011
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Thanks David; that is what I was trying to say.  There is a big difference between Highland Park and Eagle Rock, between Mt Washington and Lincoln Heights.  Between China Town and Korea Town, between East LA and Hollywood, between Beverly Hills and WestWood, between Silver Lake and Universal City...

Obviously, in Highland Park, few of the driveways are long enough and wide enough to handle an RV, so even though no code restrictions against it, is really isn't much of an issue.  And in Mt Washington, most RV's will have difficulty with the steep narrow windy roads.

I believe there are no restrictions against them in East LA nor Lincoln Heights.  But I don't believe they are allowed to be parked in the driveway where visible from the street in Beverly Hills; but again, I haven't checked the Zoning code for each of these areas, so it is important to contact the building department and ask.

90034?  That is just north of Culver City, and includes the neighborhoods that Zillow calls:
Palms
Beverlywood
Crestwood


I'm not that familiar with these areas; I know some areas quite well, but I don't know that area very well.  Check with the building department, or with code enforcement.
  • February 12 2011
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Zoning codes are different throughout the sub cities within Los Angeles county; you will need to check for your specific area.  Not to mention, it also depends on whether the specific housing area is governed by any specific HOA CC&R's. Please check with your local realtor who can find out if your area is under any HOA.

Thanks
  • February 12 2011
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I have a 40' fifth wheel trailer. So what? As long as someone owns or controls their land they can do with it as they please. It sounds to me like your neighbor put up a privacy fence between them and you. I would not like you looking into my yard either.  If you do not like it move. Did you ever think that maybe your neighbor does not like looking at your ugly car either? That is life in the city. Deal with it.
  • February 12 2011
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RVs DO bring down values, albeit intrinsically, and I found file a complaint. Search here to find out your council district here and contact your council person to see what can be done.

RV storage fees on the westside average about $200/mo - I can see why they park it in the driveway, but its still unfair to ALL of the neighbors.
  • February 12 2011
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There is something in building and safety that prohibits 'abandoned" vehicles in a home (meaning they have to move it once is a while)... there is also language with respect to creating nuisance... however, you probably have to think about it from their perspective... it is a vehicle parked in their driveway ( you probably do not want to hear this, but is the other side of the coin)...  Maybe there is a local restriction on vehicle weight?

Good luck, and let me know when you exhausted all your venues and are ready to move...

Ron Escobar, MBA
Broker & General Contractor 
  • February 12 2011
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I can't find anything in the LA county code here that restricts RV parking on private property, but the code is big and you migh† want to double check by calling the zoning department (213) 974-6411 directly and asking them.

Your other angle is to see if your neighborhood has any CC&R's or neighborhood rules that might restrict parking beyond the LA code. My last neighborhood did and it would not have allowed any RV parking in the front 50 feet of the property.

Also, you could try a different angle. If you are selling offer to pay to store the RV in a locked lot for 6 months until you sell and escrow closes. It might be worth it if it is  an eyesore.
  • February 12 2011
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The zip is 90034. The neighbors have already said that they would not move it elsewhere. They know we are unhappy since it is sitting right in front of my livingroom windows. Brrrrrr! 

  • February 12 2011
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Also if you have an Home Owners Association, check to see if they cover anything like that, and if they don't perhaps you want them to suggest they do.
Its annoying for sure, have you tried talking to your neighbors about it to see if you can get something resolved?
  • February 12 2011
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Zoning codes are not the same throughout the entire city; you will need to check for your specific area.  Not to mention, it also depends on where in the driveway.  (Call the Building & Safety Department).

No problem parking it in the driveway in LA county unincorporated areas.

But it is definitely not acceptable in Pasadena to park it in the driveway.  It would need to either be in a garage, or paved back yard area, or kept somewhere else.
  • February 12 2011
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