Recreational Vehicles Parking

Curbside parking of recreational vehicles and trailers has posed a problem for some Jefferson County neighborhoods in the last several months. The sheriff’s office is responsible for enforcing the parking ordinance. The ordinance does not prohibit the parking of recreational vehicles (RVs) and trailers outright. It simply limits the amount of time such vehicles may be legally parked on the street to seventy-two (72) hours within any seven-day period. View the Regulatory Policy Regulating the Operation and Parking of Vehicles - Effective Date September 11, 2023 [PDF] here. 

RVs & Trailers

The parking ordinance considers RVs and trailers to be the same as a car or passenger truck when parked on the street, with the exception that they may not be parked there longer than seventy-two (72) hours within any seven-day period. A recreational vehicle is any vehicle designed to provide temporary living quarters. ‘Trailer’ includes boats on a trailer and any other item such as cars, trash, and trees. The ordinance applies only to public roadways in residential areas in unincorporated Jefferson County.

For deputies to respond to a complaint of an illegally parked vehicle, the sheriff’s office must receive notification that it has been parked longer than seventy-two (72) hours within any seven-day period.  Please call 303-271-0211 to report.

On the Public Roadway in Unincorporated Jeffco

It shall be unlawful for any person to park any major motor vehicle upon any highway in unincorporated Jefferson County, except for the purposes of loading, unloading, or other immediate and active use.

No major recreational vehicle or trailer shall be parked on any highway within any highway in unincorporated Jefferson County for a period in excess of seventy-two (72) hours within any seven-day period.

It shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle for sale upon any highway in unincorporated Jefferson County.

Major recreation vehicles, motor vehicles, or trailers cannot be used as overnight accommodations on public property or right of way where not otherwise permitted.

The enforcement of these regulations shall be governed by Jefferson County Section A through H of this Ordinance. [PDF]

On Your Property

There is often confusion regarding zoning regulations, covenant controls, and ordinances. The sheriff’s office does not enforce zoning regulations or covenants. Jefferson County zoning regulations allow recreational vehicles to be stored on residential property, provided such vehicles are currently licensed and operable. Several Jefferson County housing developments require an RV to be screened from view. If you believe a recreational vehicle violates zoning regulations or wish to determine the standards in your particular community, please call Jefferson County Planning and Zoning at 303-271-8725.

You should research the covenant controls in your neighborhood if applicable. Neither the sheriff’s office nor planning and zoning have the authority to enforce covenant controls.

Vehicles for Sale

County ordinance prohibits parking any vehicle for sale on a public roadway in a residential area. It shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle for sale upon any highway in unincorporated Jefferson County.

Major Motor Vehicle

A major motor vehicle is any vehicle wider than 8 feet or longer than 25 feet or a truck or semi-trailer, regardless of size. County ordinance prohibits parking a major motor vehicle on an unincorporated Jefferson County public roadway in a residential area except for loading and unloading and other immediate active use.