Unattached Trailer & Oversized Vehicle Parking FAQ

My vehicle has been marked by parking enforcement. What do I do now?

Once your vehicle has been marked by enforcement officers, you have 72 hours from the date and time of the posting of the notice in which to comply with the requirements. To avoid impound, the vehicle must be moved 1/10th mile, and to avoid citation, it must be moved at least ½ mile from this location and not return for 24 hours after the end of the 72 hour monitoring period.  

For example, if the vehicle is marked on January 1  at 8:00 am, it must be moved by 8:00 am on January 4, which is 72 hours later, and then remain ½ mile from the original location until 8:00 am January 5 (24 hours after the original 72 hour monitoring period) before it can be brought back to its original location.

What is the reasoning for this more stringent approach to unattached trailers and oversized vehicles?

The City is responding to concerns from residents about trailers and oversized vehicles being stored on the street for extended periods of time and only moving for street sweeping and when they are marked by enforcement officers. These new laws are intended to discourage long-term storage and encourage owners of these vehicles to find better off-street choices for long term storage. In addition to the new laws pertaining to vehicles on the street, the City has made it easier for the storage of vehicles on private property. 

Please call the Code Enforcement Division at (760) 435-3951 for more details on private property parking.

How do I find out more information about parking my vehicle on the public street?

Please call the Parking Enforcement Office at (760) 435-5195 to speak with a parking enforcement officer or supervisor for more information.

What are the Unattached Trailer and Oversized Vehicle Laws?

Since October 2006, unattached trailers and oversized vehicles are restricted from remaining on the public street at the same location for more than 72 hours. After the 72-hour period has elapsed, the vehicle must be removed from the location and remain at least ½ mile from the original location for a period of 24 hours.

What is the difference between this law and the general 72 hour Law for parking on the street?

The 72-hour law (Oceanside Traffic Code Section 10.4) applies to all vehicles, including unattached trailers and oversized vehicles by regulating whether a vehicle is considered unattended or abandoned on the public street. Under this law, vehicles must move at least 1/10th mile during a 72-hour period, however, may park at the same location after the odometer has demonstrated the 1/10th mile traveled. The difference in the Oversize/Unattached law is that in addition to the requirements to demonstrate that the vehicle is not abandoned, it must also be removed at least ½ mile from the street where it was parked and stay away for at least 24 hours before it can come back to that location.

What will happen if I do not move the vehicle in the 72-hour period or just move it down the street?

The vehicle is subject to both the (OTC) 10.4 rule and the unattached trailer or oversized vehicle restriction, (OTC) 10.27/10.28. If the vehicle is not moved at all, or less than 1/10th mile, it is subject to a citation and/or impound. If it is moved, but is found on the street within a ½ mile radius of its original location, it is subject to a citation.

What are the definitions of unattached trailer and oversized vehicle?

Per (OTC) 10.29: Oversized Vehicle – shall mean any vehicle that exceeds twenty five (25) feet in length, or eighty four (84) inches in width, or eighty four (84) inches in height. Any extension(s) caused by mirrors or accessories attached to the side(s) of such vehicle shall not be considered part of the measured width area.
Unattached Trailer/Non-Motorized Vehicle – shall mean any trailer, travel trailer, tow dolly, semi-trailer, boat trailer, utility trailer, or any other vehicle without the means of self propulsion.

How will the City know that my vehicle hasn’t moved?

On the first occasion that your vehicle is encountered, the enforcement officers will place distinguishing tire marks, a window decal, antenna card, and a copy of this guide. After at least two occasions of marking the vehicle in this fashion, the enforcement officer may mark the vehicle in an inconspicuous fashion to ensure that it is being maintained under the law.