Parking Restrictions

City of Virginia Beach restricts parking of commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles, and equipment in residential areas.

​​​​​​Commercial Vehicles

City Code 16-41.1 – A "Commercial Vehicle" is defined as a loaded or empty motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer designed or regularly used for carrying freight, merchandise, or more than 10 passengers, including buses, but not school buses. Parking of a commercial vehicle in residential or apartment zoning districts shall be prohibited, except that:

  • One commercial vehicle is allowed on the property of one ton or less in carrying capacity which does not exceed seven feet in height or 20 feet in length where the building is owned or occupied by a resident of the premises.
  • Commercial vehicles during the normal conduct of business or in the delivery or provision of service to a residential area.
  • The parking of semitrailers for commercial or industrial storage is permitted on bona fide construction sites only.

Recreational Equipment

City Code Section 16-41.2 – Major recreational equipment and non-commercial trailers parked or stored in residential areas are subject to the following limitations:

  • Major recreational vehicles and non-commercial trailers shall be parked or stored within an enclosed building or behind every plane of a structure that is substantially parallel to and facing the public right-of-way. Such equipment may be parked in a driveway or approved parking area for a period not to exceed 24 hours for loading and unloading. Click here to see the parking diagram related to the ordinance.
  • Through lots; such equipment must be parked or stored on the portion of the lot that  is clearly and physically the rear of the lot provided that it is substantially screened from the public right-of-way with a six-foot solid fence or equivalent  vegetation or landscaping.
  • Corner lots; such equipment may also be parked or stored on the portion of the lot that is clearly and physically the rear of the lot and behind the plane of the house parallel and closest to the public right-of-way.
  • No recreational equipment shall be in any public street or public right-of-way for more than three hours.
  • No such equipment shall be used for living, sleeping or housekeeping purposes except in locations lawfully established for such use.​
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