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Our roads are narrow and emergency vehicles, moving vans, buses, and large delivery trucks have difficulty navigating them.  Also, having visible materials, products or equipment can be an open invitation to thieves and inquisitive children.


A commercial vehicle is defined as

  • any vehicle on private property over 10,000 lbs. GVW,
  • any vehicle regardless of weight, which is used for commercial purposes, used “for hire”, or has advertising on it.        

One commercial vehicle, not exceeding 10,000 lbs. GVW, may be stored in a garage if the owner or operator of the vehicle resides on the residential lot.  If not stored in a garage, the commercial vehicle, not exceeding 10,000 lbs GVW:

  • shall be parked in a side or rear yard
  • may not have any materials, products, freight, or equipment visible
  • shall not display any advertising other than lettering, figures or designs located on the driver’s door or front seat passenger’s door.


Only one motorized recreational vehicle or boat is permitted to be parked on a residential lot with detached or semi-detached homes.  Such vehicle shall have a current license, may not be lived in or otherwise occupied and shall be mechanically ready to be moved at any time.  If parked on a lot with a detached or semi-detached home, it must be parked 2 ½ feet from rear or side property line and 8 feet to the rear of the front of the house.  If parked on a lot with a townhouse, it must be parked in rear only, 2 ½ feet from the side or rear lot lines.  A recreational boat, whether mounted on a trailer or stored on land with or without the use of supports, is subject to the same provisions.  The following shall be considered recreational vehicles:  motor home, travel trailer, fifth-wheel trailer, truck camper, camping trailer, and boat.  Utility trailers cannot be parked on a public street unless attached to a licensed motor vehicle.


Any motor vehicle on a residential lot, not within a garage, which does not have a current and valid registration plate or plates and validation tab or tabs attached to and displayed on the vehicle for the then current registration period.  Also any motor vehicle which cannot be moved (2 flat tires, cracked windshield, engine trouble, etc.) is a violation.  Tags on covered vehicles must be visible at all times.

SOLUTIONS:  Tag, move or remove any of the above vehicle(s) in violation of the code.

NOTE:  Baltimore County Code Enforcement is responsible for the curb and to the end of the property line violations.  The Baltimore County Police Department is responsible for the curb and street violations.

Baltimore County Code Enforcement will assess and fine violators.  Baltimore County Police Department will tag, tow and fine violators.

Any questions send an email to or call 410-887-3351.