Montgomery County, MD Parking Regulations, Summer, 2012

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Montgomery County, MD Parking Regulations

Being Good Neighbors:
Maintaining the Residential Character of County Neighborhoods

Montgomery County laws are designed to help protect our residential neighborhoods.

The following information is extracted 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).

If you live in the Kentlands area, you should know that a parking enforcement vehicle patrols the area and issues tickets for violations.  If your contractor has a truck parked in front of your home, you may wish to advise the driver not to leave the vehicle over night.

During the summer months, the parking is limited in the Kentlands club house, pools and tennis courts areas.  You may be happier to park a block away rather than receiving a parking ticket or having your automobile towed.

Better yet, leave your car in the garage and walk to your destination.  You might even enjoy a photowalk through your community enjoy the blooming flowers.  If you are out walking, you are more likely to meet your neighbors.

Watermelon Gerbera Daisy, Kentlands, Spring Flowers IMG_0660

Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

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David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Roy, this is very important information. I have often had a buyer that will want to run a small business from their home. The fact is, not knowing is not better when it comes to what the rules state within a given county, subdivision, etc... Thanks for sharing today.

Jun 27, 2012 09:25 PM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Roy, some of your rules regarding home businesses make more sense then many others I have reviewed over the years. Like usual, your area seems to be on the leading edge. Enjoy your day!

Jun 27, 2012 10:31 PM #2
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Roy: Knowing this information can save a bunch of headaches and fines too.  Good information for your local consumers.

Jun 27, 2012 10:39 PM #3
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Great local information which is going to save people money and headaches!

Jun 27, 2012 10:46 PM #4
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, always nice to know the regulations in the area - perfect!

Jun 27, 2012 10:53 PM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Good morning to all.  It is always good to hear from you.  Home buyers that drive trucks or have a recreational vehicle or trailer need to be aware of the parking regulations in the community they are considering.  

Home owners associations frequently have additional parking regulations.  One of the large comunities in Montgomery County prohibits the parking of pick up trucks in the community.

Kentlands, Spring Flowers IMG_1469

Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

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Jun 27, 2012 11:03 PM #6
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Good morning Roy and Dolores -

Good information for the people of Montgomery County, MD on Parking Regulations in the area.  When in doubt calling 311 is always a good idea. 

Hope you both enjoy a great Thursday in all you do.

Jun 27, 2012 11:53 PM #7
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Roy, thanks for sharing the parking regulations. Very helpful

Jun 28, 2012 12:08 AM #8
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Good Morning Roy, I have to say that parking regulations are not just there to annoy drivers, they are there to protect home owners, business and drivers. I see many communitie swith no reguklation that lead to chaos. There is nothing like having aneighbor who parks cars on the front yard. have a great Thursday

Jun 28, 2012 12:52 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much for your comments.  One of my neighbors has a large RV and he tells me that he is paying $90 per month for a parking spot that is Frederick County, over 20 miles away. 

Hosta, Kentlands, Spring Flowers IMG_1431 A

Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

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Jun 28, 2012 01:06 AM #10
William True
True Sarasota Real Estate - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate

Good morning, Roy, and WOW, another detailed and highly informative post. If anyone is considering buying real estate in Montgomery County, MD, you are the go-to person! Wishing you a great day in real estate and more!

Jun 28, 2012 01:24 AM #11
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Your flower seems to have a bit of pink eye! Need to get that checked.

Jun 28, 2012 02:07 AM #12
Rebecca Gaujot
RE/MAX Vision Quest - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
Roy, great localism post for residents...I wonder just how many folks new about the county regs.
Jun 28, 2012 03:22 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing


This is a wonderful post explaining the rules and regs.  I am with you about leaving the car in the garage and walking to your destination.  Have a great weekend with your camera in hand.  A

Jun 29, 2012 02:00 AM #14
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Great post full of important information and regulations. And of course we always enjoy seeing your amazing photos. A great reason to park and walk seeing all the colorful beauty!

Jun 29, 2012 02:18 AM #15
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Roy, great local information, which I feel a lot of locals don't know fully... let alone visitors.

Jun 29, 2012 02:32 AM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

It is good to receive your comments. We are having a very hot day in Maryland and many have reduced their outdoor activities even though it is a beautiful day.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Clematis, Kentlands, Spring Flowers IMG_9388

Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Jun 29, 2012 02:50 AM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks so much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

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