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RE: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

Punisher

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RE: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

Hey,
just wondering if you need a parking permit or anything special to park a trailer in your driveway.
i am looking at a 6'by12' or 14' enclosed trailer, and it would fit on our paved driveway and not extend over the sidewalk or lawn.

thanks in advance,
Jason
 

ifiddles

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

we have a 6x10 enclosed trailer parked in my bf's driveway, but mind you, he has a very long driveway and it's pretty much out of sight way at the back...however, I don't think there's any permit required, but you might want to just call your municipality to double check...I do know from when I was in my 20s that neighbours can complain if their neighbours yards/driveways start looking like dumping grounds (we had friends that lived beside a couple whose front yard/driveway looked like a scrap yard, so our friends called the town to complain, and the people were made to clean up/remove a lot of their junk)...but as long as it's kept tidy, I don't see it being a problem...
 

PrivatePilot

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

It varies by municipality/city, so you'd be better off asking the city yourself vs getting a patchwork of answers here.

For example, here in Clarington you USED to be able to park a trailer in your driveway but after a lot of complaints the bylaw changed..and now you're only allowed to park it there for a maximum of 24 hours (or something like that) for "loading and unloading purposes".
 

Brian P

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

In Brampton, bylaw doesn't allow a trailer to be parked in the driveway. https://www.brampton.ca/EN/residents/Building-Permits/zoning/Pages/BoatsandTrailers.aspx

But ... I've known people to have done it for a long time. It appears to be enforced on a "when complained about" basis - which means, it's going to depend on your neighbors. The problem is ... if one neighbor complains, or if the wrong bylaw officer happens to drive down your street, now you are in trouble.

When I towed bikes on trailers, I used an open trailer and I parked it in the garage - then there's no issue. You may be able to get a low-roof enclosed trailer underneath your garage door. The open trailer allowed me to do minor maintenance chores with the bike still on the trailer ... it isn't really practical to do that with an enclosed trailer.
 

Punisher

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

Thank you for all the comments, i have seen a few trailers and large campers in the neighborhood so i assumed it would not be a problem, but sounds like its really up to my neighbors.
i will look into the cost of parking it at a large vehicle parking as a worst case scenario, i see there is one at mayfield and mcvein.
 

GreyGhost

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

My neighbour has a tent trailer parked in his driveway (and has for years). A few years ago, someone complained and by-law kicked it out as they said you aren't allowed to store a trailer in the driveway, you have to be using it. He rented a spot for it for that year, brought it back the next year and hasn't been bothered since. He still doesn't know who complained, I highly doubt it was any of his direct neighbours.

I would try to keep the trailer in the driveway, but I like your idea of a pre-arranged back up plan in case you have to make it disappear quickly.
 

DoubleJ

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

A lot of times it depends if the trailer can be moved back to the front siteline of the house.
 

statsman

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

I don't believe there are any restrictions in the City of Toronto.
Providing (as you said) it isn't overhanging or obstructing the sidewalk.
I see you live in Brampton which may have restrictions.
 

Slowandsteady

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

I had one for a long time (6×14). ..no one ever bugged me.

However, if your neighbors make a stink, you might hear about it.

I know someone complained about alot of cars in my broyhers driveway and the law was as long as the vehicles had stickers, it was okay....but enclosed trailers dont use stickers unless its used for commercial towing.

Sent from phone, excuse typos.
 

Punisher

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

Well i called the city, Brampton Bylaw Enforcement, and gave them the height and length of my trailer, and as long as it was under 8.5' high and 22' long, it is not considered an oversized vehicle and it is alright to park in my driveway as long as it doesn't overhang the yard, sidewalk or road.
I saw BrianP's post above, and even found the same link https://www.brampton.ca/EN/residents...dTrailers.aspx but i am thinking that may be with regards to parking on the lawn as it refers to "yard.
there are a few small campers in my neighborhood, and half the freaking people park there cars perpendicular in their driveway between the sidewalk and the road, and if everyone they put up with those eye sores, hopefully nobody will bother me.

god is this winter going to end, i want to go to the track!

Jason
 

Slowandsteady

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

Yea those side parkers and yard parking isnt allowed for sure by law. So your trailer in the Driveway should be fine no problem

Sent from phone, excuse typos.
 

statsman

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

As a rule the area between the sidewalk and the curb is the boulevard.
It's defined in the HTA as the unused portion of the roadway allowance.
If the street were ever to be widened, this is the space that would be used.
On occasion the boulevard extends past the sidewalk. The only way to know where it starts or stops is to check the city survey map.
 

GreyGhost

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

As a rule the area between the sidewalk and the curb is the boulevard.
It's defined in the HTA as the unused portion of the roadway allowance.
If the street were ever to be widened, this is the space that would be used.
On occasion the boulevard extends past the sidewalk. The only way to know where it starts or stops is to check the city survey map.
I got lucky and don't have a sidewalk on my side of the street. The ROW has enough space to add one though. About half of my driveway is technically not mine. I've heard of bylaw harassing the sideways parkers, but thankfully I've never heard of them pushing cars back on my side.
 

GateKeeper

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

As a rule the area between the sidewalk and the curb is the boulevard.
It's defined in the HTA as the unused portion of the roadway allowance.
If the street were ever to be widened, this is the space that would be used.
On occasion the boulevard extends past the sidewalk. The only way to know where it starts or stops is to check the city survey map.
I got lucky and don't have a sidewalk on my side of the street. The ROW has enough space to add one though. About half of my driveway is technically not mine. I've heard of bylaw harassing the sideways parkers, but thankfully I've never heard of them pushing cars back on my side.
typically if there is a main water shut off valve, that is usually where your property ends, and everything towards the roadway belongs to the city....

also for those that don't have a sidewalk, if you park a vehicle on the driveway and it overhangs onto the roadway, you can still get a ticket..... something about a rolled boulevard parking infraction....I forget the specific wording...
 

Slowandsteady

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

typically if there is a main water shut off valve, that is usually where your property ends, and everything towards the roadway belongs to the city....

also for those that don't have a sidewalk, if you park a vehicle on the driveway and it overhangs onto the roadway, you can still get a ticket..... something about a rolled boulevard parking infraction....I forget the specific wording...
Exactly this.

Yea thatd be effed up if they made ppl push their cars back.

Who knows what bad kneighbor could pull off. He complains, next thing you know i get a wierd note in the mail from town of markhaml. Knock on wood. Lol.

Sent from phone, excuse typos.
 
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hedo2002

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

One two lane, (single lane each direction) the city portion of the road and it's adjacent ROW extends 33' from the center line of the road in each direction. This is standardized everywhere in the province. So if your curious as to where your property ACTUALLY begins you can just measure 33' from the center line. parking vehicles, making improvements, (like a nice paver driveway), are generally not bothered with but if the city wanted to, they could come in and rip up your pavers, and just leave it as is, (of course with safety in mind). MOST municipalities, if they require access to the area, 9say for sidewalk repairs etc, they will have the contractor remove a couple of rows of pavers do the work and rehab the area to it's prior condition
 

GreyGhost

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

One two lane, (single lane each direction) the city portion of the road and it's adjacent ROW extends 33' from the center line of the road in each direction. This is standardized everywhere in the province. So if your curious as to where your property ACTUALLY begins you can just measure 33' from the center line. parking vehicles, making improvements, (like a nice paver driveway), are generally not bothered with but if the city wanted to, they could come in and rip up your pavers, and just leave it as is, (of course with safety in mind). MOST municipalities, if they require access to the area, 9say for sidewalk repairs etc, they will have the contractor remove a couple of rows of pavers do the work and rehab the area to it's prior condition
Not quite, it depends on the expected traffic volume. For instance an internal collector road is only a single lane in each direction but they use a 23m ROW (~38' to CL from each side). The water shut off is probably a safer test.

A coworker installed inground sprinklers on the boulevard to keep it looking pretty. During a city organized construction project they cut the pipes, completed their project and reburied the destroyed pipes. She wondered why her water bill was ridiculous and had to dig up the front lawn herself to find the problem. It's strange that the city owns the property but you can get a fine for not properly maintaining it.
 

Punisher

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

well fu$k me as it turns out, the way i am parking the trailer is illegal, called the city again yesterday because i just had a bad feeling about it and got the same wishy washy answer, but got to speak with the supervisor and long story short, the way i would be parking it would be illegal. i am looking for a place to park the trailer, but i guess the way the city works is if someone complains i get a letter and 2 weeks to move it, following that any more complaints i get a fine.
does anyone have any idea how much those fines are? are we talking 100, 1000, 5000???
i am actually ok with storing it offsite, i just want to know the consequences if someone starts complaining, considering ideally i would like want to park the trailer in my driveway the day before a track day or dirtbike day so i can get it reloaded and ready to rock first thing the next day.

thanks
 

GreyGhost

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Re: Parking a Trailer in your driveway - do you need a permit?

well fu$k me as it turns out, the way i am parking the trailer is illegal, called the city again yesterday because i just had a bad feeling about it and got the same wishy washy answer, but got to speak with the supervisor and long story short, the way i would be parking it would be illegal. i am looking for a place to park the trailer, but i guess the way the city works is if someone complains i get a letter and 2 weeks to move it, following that any more complaints i get a fine.
does anyone have any idea how much those fines are? are we talking 100, 1000, 5000???
i am actually ok with storing it offsite, i just want to know the consequences if someone starts complaining, considering ideally i would like want to park the trailer in my driveway the day before a track day or dirtbike day so i can get it reloaded and ready to rock first thing the next day.

thanks
Normally they are pretty good about allowing temporary trailers. As long as it is just there for a few days, I can't see them issuing a fine. If someone complains to bylaw just say it is stored at xxx and it was only at your house while you were getting ready for a trip.
 

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