RV Parking

Each spring and summer, the Calgary Parking Authority receives a number of complaints about how recreational vehicles (RVs) are being parked in residential neighbourhoods across the city.

City streets and alleys aren't large enough to allow for long-term parking of large vehicles. Because of their size, parked RVs may block the view of intersections, road signs, pedestrians and other vehicles.

Please be extremely careful when parking your RV. Consider storing your vehicle for long periods of time in either an RV storage park or, if you have the space, your backyard.

Tips for parking your RV:

  • You can park your RV directly in front of your home or on an alley or street immediately adjoining your home for up to 36 hours. After 36 hours, the RV must be off-street for at least 48 consecutive hours before it can be parked in the same location again.
  • Be courteous to your neighbor and avoid parking in front of their home.
  • Be courteous to your neighbor; please do not restrict access to private property at any time.
  • Please do not park your trailer or camper on city streets or alleys unless they are attached to a towing vehicle.
  • An alley must be 6.1 m wide at any point to allow for RV parking. If it is less than 6.1m wide, no parking is allowed.
  • Keep in mind other special rules for alley parking including not parking across from, in front of, or within 1.5 m of a driveway or garage and keep at least 3 m of the width of the roadway or alley clear.
  • Keep your vehicle registration current, including license plate and insurance.

The full text of the revised bylaw is below.

Section 17, Bylaw 26M96, the Calgary Traffic Bylaw

(1) An owner or operator of a recreational vehicle for which the vehicle registration shows a City of Calgary address must not park the recreational vehicle on a street in the City, except in the area of the street immediately adjoining the owner or operator's place of residence.

(2) An owner or operator of a recreational vehicle for which the vehicle registration shows a City of Calgary address must not park the recreational vehicle on the area of the street immediately adjoining the owner or operator's place of residence for a period of more than 36 consecutive hours.

(3) An owner or operator of a recreational vehicle for which the vehicle registration shows a City of Calgary address must not park the recreational vehicle on the area of the street immediately adjoining the owner or operator's place of residence if the recreational vehicle was previously parked on that area of the street at any time during the preceding 48 hour period.

(4) Notwithstanding anything else in this section, an owner or operator of a recreational vehicle must not park the recreational vehicle on any street in the City in such a manner as to constitute a hazard to other persons using the street.

For more information on RV parking, download a copy of our RV Parking brochure or contact Enforcement Services at (403) 537-7100. To report an illegally parked or hazardous RV, please call 403-537-7100 and select option 2.