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Vehicles and ParkingIf they are parked improperly, don’t work or block the street, cars, trucks and other vehicles can be a neighborhood eyesore or even a safety hazard. Contact the Department of Code Compliance if you have a complaint about these parking or vehicle issues.

Vehicles Parked on Lawn

Cars, trailers, and other vehicles may not be parked on the front yard of a home — but they may be parked in the rear or side yard.

Commercial Vehicles

Commercial vehicles may not park on residential streets, including

  • Tractor-trailers
  • Semi-trailers
  • Cement-mixers
  • Garbage trucks
  • Construction equipment
  • Trucks, trailers or semi-trailers for transporting lawn-care equipment or storing or selling food.

There are two exceptions to this rule— one licensed taxicab or limousine per home may park on the street. Commercial vehicles also may park on the street temporarily while performing work or service.

Other rules may apply if a vehicle is parked in a Community Parking District.

Vehicles commonly perceived as commercial — such as U-Haul trucks and trailers or vans used by a plumber or an electrician — may be parked on the street. 

Construction  Equipment

Construction equipment may be kept anywhere on the property if there is a valid building permit and work is in progress.

Inoperable Vehicles

Cars, trucks or vehicles that don’t work may only be kept on a residential lot if stored in a garage or fully enclosed building. An inoperable vehicle is defined as one that:

  • Does not start and move under its own power; or 
  • Does not display valid license plates; or
  • Does not display a valid inspection decal or one that has been expired for more than 60 days.

For complaints about junk or inoperable vehicles on private property, contact the following departments: 

  • Five or less vehicles: Police Department Traffic Division Impound Section,703-280-0716, TTY 711 or email
  • Six or more vehicles: Department of Code Compliance, 703-324-1300, TTY 711.

For more information:

  • Call the Department of Code Compliance, 703-324-1300, TTY 711
  • Read the County Code (Chapter 110) PDF

Vehicles Blocking the Street

Parking is allowed on both sides of narrow residential streets, but vehicles must be parked close to the curb and face the proper direction of travel. However, it is prohibited to park in a line fire lane, within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a crosswalk and within 30 feet of a stop sign.

For complaints, call the Police Department non-emergency phone number 703-691-2131, TTY 711, and the police will investigate.


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