Burbank makes permitting for large vehicles easier

Owners of large, non-commercial vehicles should be able to purchase parking permits online beginning in January after the City Council on Tuesday approved a new Internet-based pay system.

Since June 2010, Burbank has required non-commercial vehicles longer than 22 feet or taller than 8 feet — which includes most recreational vehicles and trucks with campers or trailers — to get a $5 permit for parking on residential streets up to three days. Violators are subject to a $55 fine.

Owners of the large vehicles had been forced to get the permits in person at City Hall until May, when they had the option to print from, but not pay, online. On Tuesday, the City Council approved a secure online payment option in which owners will soon be able to purchase and print the permits at their home.

“This is just about convenience, when you park doesn’t change,” Councilman Gary Bric said at this week’s meeting.

The cost of a regular permit is $5, allowing owners of large vehicles to park for one to three days per permit, Public Works Director Bonnie Teaford said. The city calls that a permit block and 96 are allowed per year.

“[We] recognized there were a lot of people who were frequent users of RVs and [wanted] to avoid them constantly coming back for permits,” Teaford said. “It’s the same usage limitations.”

The council on Tuesday also approved a new annual permit for $160.

-- Maria Hsin, Times Community News

Twitter: @mariahsin

Photo: RVs longer than 22 feet or taller than 8 feet are affected by the parking rules. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

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