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Is it legal to park a boat in the street in front of your home?

Jim Ware

If your neighbor leaves his or her boat or any other vehicle parked on the street for more than 24 hours, that is a clear violation of city code, according to Lucy Crockett, spokeswoman for the Wilmington Police Department.

Crockett noted that even if your vehicle is parked in front of your own home for more than 24 hours, you could be cited for a violation.

If that boat or vehicle is parked in such a way to obstruct the view of motorists, that also is a clear violation of the code, Crockett said.

While the police department enforces such code violations on the public street, the city’s code enforcement office handles violations on private property, she said.

As to leaving a car parked on a city street for more than 24 without moving it — enforcement usually is complaint-driven. Police officers generally are not focused on keeping track of how long cars have been parked in exactly the same place, unless there has been complaint, or the car is in obvious disrepair: flat tires, hood up, no license plate, elevated on blocks or some other indication that the vehicle is inoperable. In these circumstances, the procedure outlined in the city code is for a 7-day notice to be placed on the car or mailed to the registered owner, stating that the vehicle will be removed if it is not moved within that time frame.

To report a boat or other vehicle parked in violation of the code on a public street, city residents may call the non-emergency number for New Hanover County dispatch at 452-6120.

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2 Responses to “ Is it legal to park a boat in the street in front of your home?”

  1. On September 17, 2009 at 12:47 pm BETTY FIELDS wrote:

    This law is stating that , if you don’t move your car in a 24 hr period, regardless of not needing to drive it, you will get a violation notice? What if you are sick or out of town?

  2. On October 26, 2010 at 11:06 am Sam wrote:

    How about cars parked in front of homes on streets in subdivisions maintained by the state outside city limits?

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