Montgomery County, MD Parking Regulations

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Montgomery County, MD Parking Regulations

Being Good Neighbors:
Maintaining the Residential Character of County Neighborhoods

New Montgomery County laws are designed to help protect our residential neighborhoods.  The following information is from the Montgomery County, MD website.

Home-Based Businesses - County residents can operate businesses out of their homes- subject to certain restrictions.

There are three types of home-based businesses allowed: no-impact (which don't need to register with the county), registered (which need a permit from the Department of Permitting Services), and medical practitioners (must also register.) The person who performs the occupation must live in the house. On-site employees are limited to one in a 24-hour period. The number of visits to a no-impact business is limited to five customers/clients a week. A registered business is allowed no more than five customers/clients a day or 20 a week.

The on-site parking for home occupations is limited to two spaces. Lawn maintenance companies operating as home occupations are allowed only one single-axle trailer or truck at a time.

Parking for Heavy Commercial and Recreational Vehicles - Heavy commercial vehicles and recreational vehicles are prohibited from parking on residential streets, except temporary parking for loading and unloading.

Heavy commercial vehicles are defined as follows: a gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds; a manufacturer's rated capacity of more than one ton; more than 21 feet long (including any object loaded onto the vehicle); or are more than eight feet high (including racks, but not antennas). These vehicles are prohibited from parking off-street in residential neighborhoods.

Recreational vehicles include motor homes and trailers, including those used to transport other leisure equipment. One recreational vehicle per household can be parked off-street on available surfaced area in residential neighborhoods.

Parking Off-Street - Vehicles parked in front yards must be on surfaced areas. There is an off street parking limit of one light commercial vehicle. Inoperable or unregistered vehicles are not allowed anywhere on the property.

Paving Front Yards - In R-200, R-150 and R-90 residential zones, County residents can pave no more
than 30 percent of their front yards or 320 square feet - whichever is greater. In R-40 and R-60 residential zones, the limit is 35 percent of their front yard or 320 feet, whichever is greater. On major streets, the
limit is 50 percent - or 320 square feet. No more than one vehicle may be parked for every 160 square feet of paved surface. Any surfaced area paved before October 26, 2010 does not have to be removed if the paved area is not increased. However, the occupants must comply with the new law's parking limitations effective October 24, 2011.

How Are These Laws Enforced? - Enforcement is primarily by complaint. Home occupations, the paving of front yards and off-street parking issues are the responsibility of the Department of Permitting Services. Unregistered and inoperable vehicle issues are handled by the Department of Housing and Community Affairs. On-street parking complaints fall to the Police Department.

Typically, for Permitting Services and Housing & Community Affairs, an inspector investigates the complaint and issues a Notice of Violation if he or she finds just cause. If the violation is not corrected and/or dismissed within 30 days, a citation may be issued accompanied by a $500 fine. On-street parking violators can be ticketed by the Police.

If you have questions please call the Customer Service Center at 311 (when calling from within the County) or 240-777-0311 (when calling from outside the County).

Take a break from business.  Dolores and I enjoy day trips to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.  Have your camera in hand and enjoy thousands of flowers in the gardens and the Conservatory.  See the website for a full schedule of activities and the current exhibits.

If you have photographs from your favorite places, please share them in the comments for this post.

Roy and Dolores Kelley visited Longwood Gardens on Saturday, April 30, 2011. This is one of our favorite travel destinations and a wonderful place for flower photographs. Canon PowerShot G11 camera. Photograph by Roy Kelley.


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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Roy: Good information that I bet many of your Montgomery County residents did not know about...way to get information they can use into their hands.

Jun 22, 2011 05:41 AM #1
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Roy,

As county residents need to protect their lifestyle, they also need to make new laws and enforce old laws.  it's good to know that your county is up ontop of this issue. Here it seems they park anything anywhere all the time.

Good post.


Jun 22, 2011 05:47 AM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good morning, Anita and Clint. I appreciate your comments.  Have a great day!

Jun 22, 2011 05:59 AM #3
Kristine Ginsberg
Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Morris Plains, NJ
Morris County, NJ Stager

Roy - you are the go-to guy for information in Montgomery County! This post will is filled with great information all in one place for the residence who live in your area! As usual, beautiful flowers!

Jun 22, 2011 06:46 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin LLC - Sarasota, FL
Real Estate Broker

Enforcement mainly by complaint. Seems logical! Photos are excellent as always! Enjoy the day!

Jun 22, 2011 07:25 AM #5
Kim Delia
Remax Professional Associates - Charlton, MA
Realty Delia Group

Good morning roy!  Great information, thanks for sharing with us.  I love the hot pink flower!

Jun 22, 2011 07:31 AM #6
Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales a

Roy, Our county also enforces by complaint since staffing for continuous neighborhood patrols would be expensive.

Jun 22, 2011 08:12 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good morning to all.  Thanks for your comments.  Be sure to have your camera in hand to capture those special moments.

 Blooming for you!


Jun 22, 2011 08:28 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Centennial, CO

Hi Roy,  I guess I never look at what laws people must follow if they work out of there homes.

Jun 22, 2011 08:42 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Will:  If the real estate agents do not disclose any parking restrictions, buyers can be very upset to find that their truck or boat can not be kept at their home.

 Blooming for you!

Jun 22, 2011 09:21 AM #10
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good morning Roy.

When I look at those amazing flowers I feel great...

Have a nice day.

Jun 22, 2011 09:54 AM #11
Keith Gilkey
Re/Max Chesapeake - Elkton, MD
410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake

Roy, Great information! Nice photo's of the flowers. Have a nice day.

Jun 22, 2011 12:04 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good afternoon, Joshua and Keith.  Thanks for your very positive comments.

 Blooming for you!

Jun 22, 2011 12:34 PM #13
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Hi Roy,

Great information about Home Based Business' and Heavy Commercial and Recreational Vehicles.  Is this something that you looked up online or is it in a code book or something like that?  I would really like to find out about my area and what is permitted and what isn't.

Wednesday's flowers are gorgeous...  I especially like #1... as I said before it looks like a beautiful bridal flower!!!

Jun 22, 2011 11:25 PM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Linda.  This information is on the web site for Montgomery County, Maryland.  I did receive an alert on the new regulations.

Jun 23, 2011 08:56 AM #15
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