Recreational and commercial trailers parked incorrectly are a problem in the County, particularly during the summer months.
County enforcement officers often respond to complaints about illegally parked trailers, since trailers that are parked illegally create community safety hazards.
If you have a trailer, it is important to know how to park it properly to keep your family, neighbours, and community safe. A trailer is any vehicle that is pulled by another vehicle or tractor.
Do not park any trailer:
- on or blocking sidewalks
- within five metres of a crosswalk
- within intersections
- too close to a corner, road signs, or a fire hydrant (too close is within five metres)
- too close to the area used to access a garage, private road, or driveway (within one and a half metres)
- beside or across from road work or obstacles causing traffic to be blocked
- in no parking areas
- at emergencies (fire, police, ambulance), blocking traffic flow
- on the side of a highway
The common safety hazards we have listed are all violations of one of the following:
How to measure five metres
Enforcement officers use a tape measure to be exact. If you’re estimating, five metres is approximately:
- the length of three average adults, lying head to toe
- about five guitars long
- five large adult male steps
If you have a trailer, be sure to park it properly to keep your community safe, and to avoid complaints from your neighbours.
What the County Can Enforce: Violations
If a complaint is made, County Peace Officers can and do enforce violations. We respond to all complaints.
Here is the process for making a complaint about trailer parking:
Process for Enforcement
- You notify the County of your trailer complaint using our Report an Issue form.
- The County takes down your contact information.
- The County passes your information to a Peace Officer. The officer will call you and estimate when he or she will respond. (It may take a day or two.)
- The officer will look at the scene and determine if there is a violation. Your name will not be shared with the trailer owner.
- If there is no violation, the officer will follow up with you, as the complainant.
- If there is a violation, the officer will try and contact the owner of the trailer and direct the person on what action to take. If the officer cannot contact the owner, the officer will determine the safety risk. The trailer may be towed immediately, or the officer may leave a notice.
- If the trailer is moved, the complaint is closed.
- If the trailer is not moved, the officer may issue a ticket.
- If needed, the officer will have the trailer towed.
What about repeat offenders?
The County tracks all incidents and makes note of repeat offenders. We work with these people to correct the situation.
What the County Cannot Enforce: Developer Rules (Caveats)
The County receives many complaints about trailer parking on private property or in neighbourhoods where developers have issued rules (caveats) against trailer parking.
While County Peace Officers can enforce laws, they cannot enforce caveats.
Examples of caveats include:
- Developer rules that do not allow trailers to be parked in driveways, lawns, or private property.
If your complaint falls under these kinds of rules, you will need to identify the developer and contact them requesting enforcement.