Vehicle Parking

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita seeks to eliminate blight, improve the appearance of business and residential areas, and create a community where all those who live, work and play can experience a sense of pride and well being. Your partnership is needed to achieve these goals. The City's Municipal Code is designed to protect the residential atmosphere of your neighborhood as well as to prevent unsafe and unsightly use of property. By reporting violations of our codes, you allow us to work together to achieve the quality of life everyone wants to enjoy in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Residential Requirements
  • Vehicles may be parked on a public street for 72 hours, unless otherwise prohibited. This is enforced by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
  • Vehicles must be in operable condition and have current tags and registration. If not, they may be cited and/or towed away.
  • Vehicles may be parked in a driveway, but must be in operable condition or the owner will be asked to remove or repair them.
  • Automobiles, motor homes, trailers, campers, and boats must be parked on a paved surface, not on the lawn or yard area.
  • A vehicle cannot block the public sidewalk, street, or alley.
  • Large commercial trucks and trailers cannot be parked in any residential neighborhood except when loading or unloading.
  • Only emergency roadside vehicle repairs may be made to a vehicle parked on the public street, sidewalk, or alley.
  • Motor homes, campers or trailers may not be used for living or sleeping quarters.
Nonresidential Requirements
  • Automobiles, motor homes, trailers, campers, and boats may not be stored in nonresidential areas.
Reporting Complaints
Issues related to vehicle parking can be reported online or called in 24 hours a day at 949-635-1800, ext. 6703. You may report your complaint online on the City's Community Connection.