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Detached Trailer and Oversized Vehicle Regulations

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Beginning February 1, 2012, the City of Manhattan Beach will enforce two new parking ordinances to address the concerns regarding detached trailers and oversized vehicles. Each year, the City Council, Police Department, and other City staff members receive numerous complaints about traffic and parking. The presence of trailers and oversized/recreational vehicles (RVs) is a recurring issue among these complaints due to the issues of reduced roadway space for motorists (especially on narrow streets), oversized vehicles occupying multiple parking spaces, safety concerns regarding line of sight of approaching traffic at intersections and driveways, oversized vehicles parked near schools, and the visual blight.

Public streets are not intended for long-term vehicle storage – they are intended for vehicular travel and temporary parking. A detached trailer, not attached to a vehicle capable of moving it, is essentially being stored, and it cannot be readily moved in the event of an emergency. Also, many trailers do not have independent braking systems, which is a safety concern. The below ordinances were passed, approved and adopted by Manhattan Beach City Council in November 2011.

  • Citywide Detached Trailer Parking Regulations:

Manhattan Beach Municipal Code Section 14.36.180 (Ordinance 2145) prohibits the parking of detached trailers or non-motorized vehicles on City streets (the trailer must be attached to a vehicle capable of moving it). This includes boat trailers, utility trailers, fifth-wheels, and camper trailers. The detached parking regulation will be enforced Citywide; signs are posted around the perimeter of the City to notify the public of the regulation.

  • Oversized Vehicle Parking Regulations Around Designated Schools, Parks, and Community Centers:

Manhattan Beach Municipal Code Chapter 14.46 (Ordinance 2144) prohibits the parking of oversized vehicles (greater than 22 feet long, 7 feet wide, or 8 feet high) adjacent to schools, City parks, and City operated community centers, or within 25 feet of an intersection. Signage is posted to notify the public of the areas where these restrictions will be enforced. At present, signs prohibiting parking of oversized vehicles and trailers are posted around Pacific School and along Valley Drive by Joslyn Center, Veteran’s Parkway, and Live Oak Park.

The ordinances can be accessed online by going to the City website. Under the banner at the top, click on “City Government,” then click “City Clerk,” and then “Municipal Code.” The list of new ordinances will be on the right side.

The ordinances are also available to download using the below links:

Detached Trailer Ordinance (PDF)

Oversized Vehicle Ordinance (PDF)


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