Ordinance 3473 defines a recreational vehicle as a vehicle primarily designed as temporary living quarters for recreational camping or travel use, including a travel trailer, camping trailer, truck camper and motor home. The ordinance also applies to boats, trailers, jet skis and similar equipment.
The ordinance prohibits the parking of recreational vehicles on vacant or unimproved property. It does not allow parking in the front yard between the building and the front property line or in the side yard of corner lots between the side building wall and the side property line where the property abuts a street. This applies to the owner or tenant of the property as well as the owner or person in charge of the vehicle.
The ordinance does permit recreational vehicles to be parked in the side or rear yard if they are screened either by a minimum six-foot high wooden fence or by a landscaping shrub wall that is a minimum of three feet high and five gallons in size when planted.
Plants from this list must provide a continuous unbroken solid visual screen of six feet or the height of the recreational vehicle at maturity, whichever is greater.
A recreational vehicle may be temporarily parked on the property of the owner for the purpose of loading or unloading. This is limited to four occasions per year and a maximum of 72 hours per occasion. Each occasion must be separated by at least seven days. In addition, a recreational vehicle may be temporarily parked on the property of the owner four times per year for no more than seven days. Each occasion shall be deemed a seven-day continuous parking period and should be separated by at least seven days.
Residents who have questions or would like to discuss compliance options are encouraged to contact Community Services at 972-744-4180.
Plant List for Living Screening
Plant spacing should be based on the plant’s mature height and width as indicated.
- Pfitzer Juniper (Juniperus chinensis var. chinensis ‘Pfitzerana’) ht. 6’, wd. 9’
- Cleyera (Ternstroemia gymnanthera) ht. 6’, wd. 5’
- Blue Point Juniper (Juniperus chinensis var. chinensis ‘Blue Point’) ht 15’, wd. 6’
- Canaert Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana ‘Canaertii’) ht. 25’, wd. 15’
- Mary Nell Holly (Ilex cv. ‘Mary Nell’) ht. 15’, wd. 10’
Sun to Partial Shade
- Cleyera (Ternstroemia gymnanthera) ht. 6’, wd. 5’
- Ebbinges’ Silverberry (Elaeagnus x ebbingei) ht. 9’, wd. 7’
- Foster’s Holly (Ilex x attenuata ‘Fosteri’) ht. 9’, wd. 6’
- Fraser’s Photinia (Photinia x fraseri) ht. 12’, wd. 8’
Sun to Shade
- Nellie R. Stevens Holly (Ilex cv. ‘Nelli R. Stevens’) ht. 10’, wd. 10’
- Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria) ht. 10’, wd. 10’
On Street Parking Permits
Richardson Ordinance 3473 allows for the temporary parking of Recreational Vehicles (Class A, B, C, 5th Wheelers, and Campers) on city streets when sufficient necessity is demonstrated. Residents seeking a variance are required to fill out an application at least 72 hours prior to parking the vehicle. Each request will be reviewed by City staff and decided upon in a timely manner. The following recreational vehicles are not eligible for a variance: boats, other watercraft, and trailers.
Please be aware that vehicles may never be parked:
- In front of a public or private driveway;
- Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant;
- Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;
- Within 30 feet on the approach to a flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign, or traffic-control signal located at the side of a roadway;
- Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of the entrance, if the entrance is properly marked with a sign;
- Within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;
- Alongside or opposite a street excavation or obstruction;
- Where an official sign prohibits parking, or
- For the purpose of providing a temporary residence.
And vehicles must be able to be parked so that:
- The right-hand wheels of the vehicle are parallel to and within 18 inches of the right-hand curb or degree of the roadway; or
- The left hand wheels are within 18 inches of the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway (one-way streets only)
- A minimum of ten feet of the width of either lane of the roadway is left clear for free movement of the vehicular traffic
If any of the above conditions are not met, the request for temporary on-street parking will be denied.
Upon approval of the application, a permit will be issued to the applicant. Permits will be issued for a period of one (1) day to a maximum of two (2) weeks (14 days) per permit. This permit is valid only for the vehicle to which it is issued and cannot be transferred to any other vehicle.
If your application is approved and you receive a permit please ensure that:
- The permit is visibly displayed in the vehicle at all times when parked.
- The permit is obtained by the resident of the address at which the vehicle is proposed to be parked.
- The vehicle has a special purpose or connection to the address for which it is requested (for example, a friend or relative from out of the area is visiting a resident for a short time, a vehicle has been borrowed by the resident for temporary use, etc.).
- The vehicle is parked at the address indicated on the permit.
- The owner of the vehicle maintains current license and registration and insurance for the vehicle at all times.
- The owner of the vehicle complies with all applicable local, state or parking regulations or laws.