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Oversized Vehicle Parking
The Department of Public Works team, in collaboration with the community, reviewed its policy, guidelines, and ordinance for parking of large vehicles and vessels in residential neighborhoods. On May 6, 2013, City Council adopted the ordinance developed through a community process. 

Ordinance Overview
This ordinance restricts the parking of oversized vehicles in the public right-of-way on streets that are zoned residential.

An oversized vehicle is defined as having: 
  • A Height, including load, of 7.5 feet
  • A Width, including load, of 7.5 feet (from the widest portion of the vehicle, but not including mirrors)
  • A Length, including load, of 22 feet (in combination with any attached trailer)
  • A Weight (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating – GVWR) exceeding 5 tons (10,000 pounds)

Restricts unattached trailers, regardless of size, from being left in the public right-of-way on residential streets.
Restricts boat trailers (with or without boats) from being left in the public right-of-way on residential streets.
Since Recreational Vehicles are of a size that would exceed the Oversized Vehicle height, width or length definition identified above, this ordinance, based on modifications recommended by the Public Works Commission, would essentially also restrict the parking of RV’s in the public right-of-way on streets that are zoned residential.

1.) Loading or unloading of persons or property
2.) Service to a property in the vicinity
3.) Emergency repairs or waiting for a tow operator for no longer than eight hours; or
4.) Response to a public emergency by any emergency vehicle of any political subdivision of the State of California.
5.) Parking of wheelchair-accessible vans.
6.) Allow RVs to be parked on public streets immediately abutting the owner’s residence for no more than 24 consecutive hours twice during any seven day period. This will allow RV owners to use their RV for recreation.

Implementation Timeline:

Below are our implementation goals. If the timeline changes, we will post an update on the project web site.
  • July 2013: Install required signage. As previously shared, we can commence education and enforcement of this ordinance when our City has posted the required signage. We are currently ordering and producing the needed signage.
  • July & August 2013: Issue warnings. To educate residents who own oversized vehicles, and to give them an opportunity to find appropriate parking of their oversized vehicle, City staff will provide courtesy education and issue warnings.
  • September 2013: Enforcement begins.

Meetings and Workshops
May 6, 2013: City Council Ordinance Adoption
City Council unanimously voted to adopt the ordinance addressing Oversized Vehicle Parking in Residential Neighborhoods. Please check back soon for final ordinance.
March 18, 2013: City Council Ordinance Introduction
City Council unanimously approved staff's updated draft ordinance based on the feedback of the community and Public Works Commission. (Please see below.) 
February 13, 2013: Public Works Commission
The PWC voted unanimously to recommend that Council approve the draft ordinance with three modifications for “exceptions.” We encourage you to read the administrative report which includes an ordinance draft, and the background to the community input and PWC perspective that helped us arrive to the dimensions and the modifications to “exceptions” summarized below.
December 12, 2012: Public Works Commission
Staff presented an updated draft ordinance to the Public Works Commission on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. You can view the draft discussed at the meeting by reading the Administrative Report. After hearing public comment,  the PWC recommended updates to the draft ordinance.  Staff will be presenting the updated ordinance at the February 13, 2013 PWC meeting (details above).
August 1, 2012: Community Workshop
Thank you to the more than 60 residents who attended the August 1st workshop where we discussed how we will update our ordinance for residential parking of oversized vehicles. Workshop Resources

Project Background
Oversized TruckSince 1996, the city has enforced an ordinance that prevents the parking of commercial vehicles of 10,000 pounds or more to park in residential neighborhoods. However, since that time, the complaints from the community have extended beyond commercial vehicles exceeding 10,000 pounds.

In 2011, the San Mateo United Homeowner’s Association (SMUHA) approached the City and requested that the oversized vehicle parking problem in residential neighborhoods be addressed.

For some residents, large vehicles, oversized recreational vehicles, and boats take up valuable on-street parking spaces, create noise, block driveway access, and potentially restrict driver visibility especially when they are parked close to an intersection. However, accessible parking for oversized vehicles, RVs and boats is also important to those who own these types of vehicles, and live and do business in the City of San Mateo.
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Questions or Comments
If you have additional questions or input, please call the Public Works Main Line at (650) 522-7300.

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