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Oversized Vehicle Parking

The City of Pacifica has installed OSV parking restriction signs throughout the City based on an engineering safety review, which determined where OSV could park in the City without impacting the safety of roadway users.  The streets where OSV cannot park without impacting driver safety have sign restrictions in place.  These signs are located at roadway entrances into the City, entrances to specific neighborhoods and along stretches of specific City roadway.  The below bullet points offer more information regarding OSV parking in the City:

  • Due to traffic safety concerns, the City of Pacifica passed ordinance updates to section 4-7.1204 & 4-7.1205 of the City’s Municipal Code.
  • Effectively, outside of loading and unloading for less than 8 hours pursuant to 4-7.1205b, over sized vehicles as defined by the above code sections (22' Long or 7' wide or 8' high) are not allowed to park on a number of roads within the City’s limits. 

The list of particular roads that over sized vehicles cannot park on can be found in the link below:

Roads Designated NO OSV parking 

The particular language of sections section 4-7.1204 & 4-7.1205 can be seen below.

Sec. 4-7.1204. - Parking of Oversized Vehicles and Boats on Public Streets.

(a) Definitions. For purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall mean and include:

(1) "Boat" shall mean a boat or motorboat as defined in Section 651 of the California Harbors and Navigation Code, as may be amended from time to time.

(2) “Oversized Vehicle” shall mean any of the following:

(i) a single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, twenty-two (22) feet or   more in length;

(ii) a single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, seven (7) feet or more in width, and shall include, but shall not be limited to dump trucks, moving vans, tractors, pole or pipe dollies, recreational vehicles (RVs), mobile homes and campers; or

(iii) a single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, eight (8) feet or more in height, exclusive of projecting lights or devices allowed by sections 35109 and 35110 of the California Vehicle Code and shall include, but shall not be limited to dump trucks, moving vans, tractors, pole or pipe dollies,  recreational vehicles (RVs), mobile homes and campers.

 (3) "Person" shall mean 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 active as a unit, excepting the United States of America, the State, and any political subdivision of either thereof.

(b) Authorized. The Traffic Engineer is hereby authorized to erect signs indicating no parking of anOversized Vehicle or Boats on public streets where such parking, in her or his professional opinion, would interfere with aesthetics, ocean views, parking, traffic, or otherwise create a safety concern.  The Traffic Engineer is also hereby authorized to erect signs to indicate no parking of an Oversized Vehicle and Boats where, in the Traffic Engineer’s opinion, the conditions identified in section 4-7.1205(a) exist.

(c) Obedience. Where official signs authorized by the provisions of this section are in place, no person shall stop, stand or park, an Oversized Vehicle or Boat contrary to the provisions of such signs.

(d) Appeal. Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Traffic Engineer to place official signs pursuant to this section may appeal to the City Manager by filing a written notice of appeal with the City Clerk within ten (10) days after the date of the installation of the sign in question.

(e) Violations: Penalties. Any person violating any provision of this section shall be guilty of an infraction, and upon conviction, shall be punishable as set forth in Chapter 2 of Title 1 of this Code.”

Sec. 4-7.1205. Unlawful Parking of Oversized Vehicles.

(a) Except as otherwise provided by this Chapter or as authorized by the Traffic Engineer, parking of any Oversized Vehicle in the following manner shall be deemed unlawful at any time of the day or night and is prohibited. 

(1) It shall be unlawful to park or leave standing any Oversized Vehicle on public streets with a road width of less than forty (40) feet of width or on public streets that have width constraints which cause the street to be unsafe for traffic.  These public streets may be identified by resolution of the city council or as identified by the Traffic Engineer pursuant to section 4-7.1204.

(2) It shall be unlawful to park or leave standing any Oversized Vehicle within one hundred (100) feet of any uncontrolled intersection on public streets, as measured from the prolongation of the curb lines or the edge of the pavement of the cross street. These public streets may be identified by resolution of the city council or as identified by the Traffic Engineer pursuant to section 4-7.1204.

(3) It shall be unlawful to park or leave standing any Oversized Vehicle on public streets where parking of an Oversized Vehicle encroaches upon an identified bicycle lane with defined boundaries. These public streets may be identified by resolution of the city council or as identified by the Traffic Engineer pursuant to section 4-7.1204.

(4) It shall be unlawful to park or leave standing any Oversized Vehicle on any public streets that restricts the travel lane to less than 10 feet wide. These public streets may be identified by resolution of the city council or as identified by the Traffic Engineer pursuant to section 4-7.1204.

(5) It shall be unlawful to park or leave standing any Oversized Vehicle on any public streets where parking of an Oversized Vehicle encroaches on a public bus route. These public streets may be identified by resolution of the city council or as identified by the Traffic Engineer pursuant to section 4-7.1204.

(b) Exemptions.  This section shall not apply to the following:

(1) Any Person actively engaged in the loading or unloading of materials, supplies, or goods in the delivery of goods, wares, merchandise, or other materials from an Oversized Vehicle parked or standing at an adjacent business or residence for a period of less than eight hours; or

(2) Construction vehicles with a valid City of Pacifica - issued encroachment permit; or

(3) Areas of public streets identified as commercial loading zones.

(c) Violations: Penalties. Any person violating any provision of this section shall be guilty of an infraction, and upon conviction, shall be punishable as set forth in Chapter 2 of Title 1 of this Code.”

It should be noted that this list may be updated as changes are made to Pacifica’s roadways that may make the area either safe or unsafe for over sized vehicles to park on.

Should you have any questions regarding parking your over sized vehicle you may call the Police Department at 650-738-7314.

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