City of Fairfax, MN
Renville County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Fairfax 4-5-2005 by Ord. No. 302. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parking — See Ch. 162.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 239.
Zoning — See Ch. 260.
[Amended 2-9-2016]
A. 
Recreational vehicle and equipment defined.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE AND/OR EQUIPMENT
Trucks having three or more axles or having a gross weight in excess of 8,000 pounds, commercial vehicles over 19 feet in length, buses (herein defined as a motor vehicle designed for carrying more than 10 passengers), recreational vehicles, boats (whether mounted on a trailer or not), motor homes, truck campers, travel trailers, boat trailers, tent trailers, camping trailers, motorized dwellings, fifth wheels, mobile homes, house trailers, trailers, utility trailers, semitrailers, horse trailers, airplane gliders, off-highway motor vehicles, snowmobiles, sand buggies, dune buggies, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft, tractors, implements or husbandry, golf carts, go-carts, or any other major recreational, commercial or agricultural vehicle or equipment.
B. 
Parking and/or storage prohibited. No person or property owner shall allow, on a single residential property, the parking or storage of more than two recreational vehicles and/or equipment, plus two motor vehicles or motorcycles, as defined by Min. Stat. § 168.002. The combined total number of vehicles shall not exceed four, and the following conditions and restrictions shall apply to those vehicles:
(1) 
Location of vehicles or equipment:
(a) 
The vehicles shall be parked on a driveway; or
(b) 
The vehicles or equipment may be located within a side or rear yard if in compliance with setback requirements applicable to accessory structures and sight-screened from abutting properties and rights-of-way by solid board fencing or sight-obscuring landscaping at least six feet in height; or
(c) 
If there is no reasonable access to a rear or side yard, the vehicles or equipment shall not exceed four feet in height if located in the front yard, provided they are not visible from the public right-of-way or adjacent properties; and
(2) 
All vehicles or equipment shall be licensed (if licensing is required by state authority for use) and operable; and
(3) 
The parking surface for the vehicles or equipment shall be an improved surface such as pavement, asphalt or sufficient gravel to support the weight of the vehicle.
C. 
Exceptions. The restrictions in this section shall not apply to vehicles in excess of the numbers allowed in Subsection B above if:
(1) 
Storage within a garage. The vehicles are stored within a vented garage, or within a carport, which is totally sight-screened from abutting properties by solid board fencing or sight-obscuring landscaping at least six feet in height.
(2) 
Short-term parking. The parking of motor vehicles or motorcycles is for periods of less than 48 hours.
A. 
This chapter does not apply to the parking of equipment or vehicles in an area with a zoning classification of commercial, industrial, or agricultural, when the equipment or vehicles are used by the owner of the property in conjunction with a business operating on the property or held for sale by a business operation on the property.
B. 
This chapter does not apply to vehicles with camper shells.
For purposes of this chapter, all sides of a property that abut a public right-of-way constitutes a front yard.
Parking or storage of recreational vehicles and/or equipment for compensation is not permitted in residentially zoned districts. Parking or storage of recreational vehicles and/or equipment on property where there is no unity of ownership interests in the recreational vehicle and/or equipment with a leasehold or fee interest in the subject property is absolutely prohibited. This subsection does not apply to storage facilities provided exclusively for tenants of multifamily dwelling complexes.
Commercial vehicles that exceed 19 feet in length are not permitted to be parked overnight on residential properties.
For purposes of this chapter, any new fencing or new sight-obscuring landscaping required must be installed in accordance with the City of Fairfax Ordinances.
Vehicles or equipment as herein defined parked on a driveway for the purpose of loading and unloading may remain parked or stored in the front yard for a period not to exceed 48 hours.
Violation of this chapter is a misdemeanor.