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Why are there regulations on where and how long I can leave a trailer parked?
There are several reasons for limiting the location or period of time for parking a trailer or vehicle. Allowing them to remain on the street inhibits such things as street maintenance, cleaning, and snow removal. They can also create additional danger to pets and children that may suddenly appear on the street. Trailers which are parked in front of the residence for extended periods of time become nuisances and sight obstructions for your neighbors.
Can I park a vehicle on my yard or lawn?
No. City ordinance requires that all vehicles be parked on a hard surface of asphalt or concrete. A compacted gravel base surface is also acceptable. Vehicles may not be parked on a lawn or grass.
How many cars can my neighbor have in their driveway?
There is no limit to the number of cars someone can own. However, all vehicles that are parked in a driveway must be drivable and have current license plates. Vehicles parked on the street are subject to the 24 hour rule.
Can I park an unlicensed or inoperable vehicle in my driveway?
Unlicensed or inoperable/non-driven vehicles must be stored either inside an enclosed garage or on an appropriate surface completely enclosed by an opaque fence.
Can I place a cover over an unlicensed or inoperable vehicle and keep it?
No. Covering of an illegal vehicle does not change the fact that the vehicle is in violation. Only storing the vehicle in an enclosed garage is acceptable.
How long can I leave a vehicle or trailer parked on the street?
No vehicle or trailer may be parked on a city street for more than 24 hours.
Where can I park my camper or boat trailer?
Parking regulations apply to all trailers, regardless of the type or purpose of the trailer. Trailers may be parked on a city street for no more than 24 hours. Trailers may not be on any lot in any residential district for more than forty-eight (48) hours unless it is located behind the front yard building line.
Can someone stay in a camper or RV parked on my property?
City ordinance permits someone to stay in a legally parked camper for up to 10 consecutive days. State law only allows one camper per lot. Two or more campers meet the definition of a campground; multiple other regulations are then applicable.
Except for residential areas, temporary parking and occupancy of a camping trailer is only permitted in a commercial campground. In residential neighborhoods, the following restrictions apply:
Who do I call if a vehicle or trailer remains parked on the street for several days?
The Spearfish Police Department handles all complaints of illegal parking on city streets. You may contact them at 642-1300.