Summary of Section 82-5-7 of the Fairfax County Code

Section 82-5-7 of the Fairfax County Code prohibits parking of commercial vehicles in residential districts. Vehicles parked in violation are subject to a $100 fine for each violation and may be towed at the owner's expense.

Requirement for taxicabs and limousines: One resident of each single family dwelling unit may park one vehicle licensed and registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a taxicab or limousine

  • Any vehicle licensed as a common or contract carrier or limousine (except as above)
  • Vehicles that exceed size and weight limits: more than 21 feet long, more than 8 feet high including appurtenances, width of 102 inches or more, or gross vehicle weight of 12,000 or more pounds.
    • Vehicles exempted from these size and weight limits are: commercial vehicles used by public service company, watercraft or motor home, school buses, vehicles driven by or used for transporting persons with disabilities, vehicles for cable television service, moving vehicles for 48 hours, vehicles for propane gas service. These "exempted" vehicles can park in a residential area unless restricted elsewhere in the Code, e.g., boats and motor homes are not allowed to park in areas that are Community Parking Districts
  • Vehicle carrying commercial freight in plain view
  • Trailer or semitrailer except camper, boat or single axle utility trailer (utility trailer defined as a small non-motorized trailer generally pulled by a motorized vehicle and features an open-top rear cargo area).
  • Any vehicle with 3 or more axles

Parking restrictions on service drives: Where a service road is adjacent to a residentially zoned area, parking restrictions apply to the side of the service road that is adjacent to the residential area except as otherwise provided in section 82-5-37(5). This allows prohibiting commercial parking on that side of the street which is zoned for a use other than residential to further the residential character of the abutting community.

The restrictions do not apply to commercial vehicles when temporarily parked while performing work or service.

Additional provisions are given in the code (see link below).

Related Files

Section 82-5-7
Notable vehicles that do not exceed the restrictions.
Notable vehicles that exceed the parking restrictions.
Example: 2009 Pickup Truck, some body styles exceed restrictions.
Field Photos: Some examples of vehicles that may or may not exceed restrictions.
Field Photos: Examples of permitted and restricted trailers.

Note: Vehicle data used in these documents was pulled from manufacturer's Web sites.


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