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Code Enforcement

Posted on: May 7, 2018

How to park & store your trailer in a compliant and courteous manner on your property.

Are you aware of on-site trailer parking requirements in Apple Valley?  Trailers can be useful for a variety of reasons, but on-site parking requirements can vary depending on the size and type of trailer. 

A trailer is defined as a unit intended for on-street use and to be pulled behind a motor vehicle.  Generally, all vehicles and trailers must be parked on an improved parking surface.  An improved parking surface is considered to be concrete, asphalt, or pavers.  Class I trailers, see definition below, not coupled with motorized vehicles, however, may be parked on gravel, woodchips, or grass when parked in side or rear yards.  When parked in front yards, however, all trailers must be parked on the established driveway.  When coupled with motorized vehicles including but not limited to boats, ATV’s, jet skis, or snowmobiles, trailers must be parked on an improved parking surface regardless of location on property.

There are two classification types for trailers; Class I and Class II.  Class I and Class II type trailers are differentiated by their size.  Class I trailers are less than 8 feet in height and less than 22 feet in length from hitch to taillight.  Class II trailers are larger than 22 feet in length or 8 feet in height.  On lots smaller than one acre, no more than two Class I trailers are permitted or a combination of one class I and one Class II trailers.  No more than one class II trailer should be parked at a residential property less than one acre in area, under any circumstance.  Up to four trailers of any type may be stored on residential lots larger than one acre when at least two are screened from view of neighboring properties and public roads.  Trailers of any type or size parked in front yards must be located on the established driveway.  Trailers must be clear of storage and debris at all times. 

For more information regarding trailer parking requirements at your property please contact Ben Pierson in Code Enforcement by phone at 952.953.2571; or by email at bpierson@ci.apple-valley.mn.us.

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