Restrictions on parking and storage in place
Summer time activities have come to a close. Most people have winterized their yards and homes with the anticipation of colder temperatures and snow. As you look about your neighborhood you may also notice that others may have brought home boats, campers and other trailers or equipment. The City of West Fargo restricts the storage of certain items on residential property under ordinance 4-446. The purpose of the ordinance is to prohibit the parking or storage of certain vehicles and equipment and prevent the extended storage of those vehicles and equipment which, due to general factors of nuisance affects the well-functioning and character of a residential neighborhood and the community.
For the purposes of this ordinance, an improved parking surface shall consist of a durable surface to include concrete or bituminous, or gravel only where the existing driveway has not been improved to concrete or asphalt. Grass or dirt shall not constitute a durable surface. Storage restrictions differ based on a summer and a winter season. Summer parking and storage is considered the period April 15th to October 15th. Winter Parking and storage is considered the period October 15th to April 15th.
Restrictions also differ for parking or storage of an item based on the item type and where on the property parking or storage will occur. Parking or storage may occur on an improved parking surface within the required rear yard provided that a 3’ setback shall be maintained for rear or side lot lines. The 3’ setback requirement may be waived should a 6’ privacy fence or equivalent landscaped screened area exist between vehicle or equipment parking and the lot line. Parking or storage may occur on an improved parking surface within the required side yard provided that a 12-foot setback is maintained on the street side of a corner lot and a 3-foot setback is maintained from the side lot line on interior lot lines. This requirement may be waived should a 6’ privacy fence or equivalent landscaped screened area exist between vehicle or equipment parking and the required side yard lot line.
Vehicles or equipment over 25’ in length shall be parked behind the nearest portion of a building to the street unless written authorization is given by the neighbors. Should this authorization be given and recorded with the Planning Department, these vehicles and equipment may extend no more than 25’ past the nearest portion of a building to a street and must be parked on an improved parking surface. However, under no circumstance shall vehicle or equipment parking occur within 3’ of the sidewalk. For vehicles and equipment over 25’ in length, summer parking/storage shall occur for a time not to exceed a total of 11 days in any 14 day period. Winter parking for these vehicles and equipment shall occur for a time not to exceed 72 hours in any seven (7) day period. Currently licensed vehicles and equipment 25’ or under in length may be parked during any period on an improved parking surface. In addition, no such vehicle or equipment shall be used for living, sleeping or housekeeping purposes when parked or stored on a residential lot, or in any location not approved for such use.
West Fargo Ordinance 4-447 also places the following restrictions on parking and storage of certain vehicles, equipment and materials. Automotive vehicles without current license plates shall not be parked or stored on any residentially zoned property other than in completely enclosed buildings. Small trailers which are twenty (20) feet or less in length, including the hitch, are allowed to be parked on a residentially zoned property, provided the trailer is parked on an interior side yard (not street side) and parked on an improved parking surface. Automotive vehicles with a cargo capacity rating of one ton or more, and storage of equipment used for construction, landscape services, snow removal services, and other commercial or agricultural equipment and trailers shall not be stored on any residential zoned property or on any street within a residentially zoned district, provided however that vehicles with a cargo capacity of one ton or more, snow removal equipment and agricultural equipment and trailers may be stored on property zoned a rural residential district. These provisions are not intended to prohibit vehicles and equipment engaged in contractual services for improvements to a given property. No lot in any residential district shall be used for the outdoor storage, keeping, or abandonment of junk, including scrap metals, or other scrap materials or goods, or used for the dismantling, demolition or abandonment of automobiles or other vehicles or machinery or parts thereof.
Questions relating to the restrictions can be directed to the West Fargo Planning Department at 701-433-5300.