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Is there a limit to how many vehicles can be parked outside a residential property?

A Lake Oswego police officer or firefighter answers readers' questions each week in this space. To submit a question, call Editor Patrick Malee at 503-479-2379 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The short answer on this is no, the law or city ordinance does not limit the number of vehicles a person can park on their property. Typically the police deal with vehicles on the roadway but at times we do have to examine issues on private property and in some of those cases we will work with Code Enforcement to find the appropriate ways to remedy the issue. For this question, we did speak with Code Enforcement because there are some building codes that may limit the number of vehicles. That limitation is not by vehicle quantity but by where on the property you can park and how you can get there.Phillips

According to Code Enforcement you can park on your property but you have to obey the property setbacks. Generally, the setback from the front property line is 25 feet from the City right of way; from the side it is 5 feet and there is a 3-foot setback from the rear of the property line.

As I mentioned, how you get there also matters. You cannot drive up and over the curb or sidewalk. You have to enter your property through your driveway and then make your way to where you plan on parking. Whether there is a commercial purpose to the vehicle is not necessarily a determining factor (e.g. a landscaping truck parked at a residence before being driven to work). However, if you are running a business from your property, there are local regulations that could apply and may prohibit such activity.

All that being said, if you have a situation where you believe there may be a violation, please call the police non-emergency number at (503) 635-0238. An officer will come take a look at the situation and determine whether it is something we should handle or forward to the appropriate city department.

— Community Service Officer Dan Phillips


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