Virginia Beach Seeks Resident Input on Commercial Vehicle Ordinance

Monday, December 07, 2020

​Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation is seeking input from residents on the city's commercial vehicle ordinance and whether changes should be made to allow larger commercial vehicles to be parked and stored in residential and apartment zones.

Since 1973, a city ordinance has been in place to regulate the parking and storage of commercial vehicles in residential and apartment zoning districts throughout Virginia Beach. The current ordinance, City Code 16-41.1, prohibits the residential parking of commercial vehicles, which it defines 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." This ordinance provides some exceptions to allow one commercial vehicle, such as a cargo van and small walk-in, which meets the size requirements, to be parked and stored on a residential property.

Larger commercial vehicles that are currently prohibited from being parked in residential areas include box trucks, step vans, trailers and others. Residents can weigh in on whether this ordinance should be amended to allow these types of commercial vehicles and if any restrictions should be considered through an online survey at The survey will be available through Dec. 18.

Results from the survey will be shared with the City Council in January for their consideration.

For more information about the commercial vehicle ordinance and Code Enforcement, visit

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