San Diego ban on overnight parking for oversized vehicles takes effect

Oversized vehicles like this one on Townsgate Drive will no longer be able to park on the street overnight without a permit because of a new city ordinance. Photo by Karen Billing

By Karen Billing

San Diego’s oversized vehicle ordinance is now in effect, restricting overnight parking of oversized vehicles on city streets.

The ordinance addresses any vehicle exceeding 27 feet long and 7 feet high, as well as recreational vehicles such as camp trailers, campers, boats or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

Violations will result in a $100 fine. A grace period for enforcement will be in effect until Aug. 16.

Per the new ordinance, oversized vehicles cannot be parked on public streets between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Residents can obtain a temporary overnight vehicle permit that will allow for overnight parking on their own block at a cost of $1.25. A maximum of 72 permits are allowed per address per year and cannot exceed three consecutive 24-hour periods. Permits can be obtained online at

Per San Diego Municipal Code, no vehicle can be parked continuously at one location on any public road for more than 72 hours. To report vehicles parked longer than 72 hours, call 858-495-7800. The vehicle abatement unit can be reached at 858-495-7856.