The Cypress Municpal Code, Section 16-73, defines oversized vehicles, including RVs in the following manner:
- Non-motorized vehicle is any vehicle, camp trailer, semi-trailer or trailer coach as defined in the Vehicle Code.
- Oversized vehicle is any vehicle or combination of vehicles that exceed 8 feet high or 22 feet in length or 92 inches in width.
- Commercial vehicle is any vehicle of the type required to be registered as such under the Vehicle Code used or maintained for the transportation of person(s) for hire, compensation, or profit or designed, used, or maintained primarily for transportation of property.
Having defined the various "vehicles" pursuant to the Cypress Municipal Code the following regulations shall apply:
- Non-motorized vehicles, oversized vehicles and commercial vehicles are prohibited from parking on city street between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
- Four (4) exceptions exist that provide a mechanism for the Police Chief to issue temporary overnight parking permits.
- Permit issued to a visitor or temporary house guests for a period of 7 days. The RV must be registered in a city other than Cypress. The RV must moved at least 1/10th of a mile every 72 hours and must be moved on street sweeping day.
- Permit issued for an RV belonging to a new resident of Cypress or a newly purchased vehicle. The permit is issued for a maximum of 30 days while the owner locates a storage facility. The vehicle must be moved every 72 hours and must be moved on street sweeping day.
- Permit issued when the RV is used as the sole means of transporation. Permit issued for a 12 month period. The owner is required to provide documentation that the RV is the sole means of transportation.
- A Permit may be issued for the loading and unloading of an RV. The permit is valid for a miximum of 24 hours.
- The permits cannot be used in succession to increase the permitted parking from 24 hours to 48 hours. The permit is for loading and unloading only, and not for the purpose of parking, storage or maintenance of the RV.
- To obtain one of the permits described above, the owner must request the permit at the Cypress Police Department during normal business hours and pay a $10.00 fee. If granted, permit will be issued for the loading and unloading of RV's for a maximum period of 24 hours. Permits for guests, new residents, new RV's or sole means of transportation vehicles may also be obtained during normal business hours.
- The secret to a successful RV peaking program is simply being a good neighbor, understanding the RV parking ordinances and following the rules to the letter of the law. Members of the Cypress Traffic Safety Unit are available to answer your questions or explain the ordinance in detail.
- Valid complaints lodged againts RV owners who are violating the ordinance could result in the issuance of a citation, impounding of the vehicle or revocation of the permit to park.