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Ask the Chief: You can't camp on city streets

"Ask The Chief" allows readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs and the department in general.

Submit your question to askthe.policechief@ci.red-wing.mn.us.

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Red Wing Police Chief Roger PohlmanQ: How long can you park your RV on the city streets?

A: The quick answer is six hours and vehicle cannot be occupied.

Let's define what a recreational camping vehicle is and explore the city of Red Wing Code a bit further.

The term "recreational camping vehicle" means any of the following:

1. "Travel Trailer" a vehicular, portable structure built on a chassis, designed to be used as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreational and vacation uses, permanently identified "Travel Trailer" by the manufacturer of the trailer.

2. "Truck Camper" a structure designed to be mounted on a truck chassis for use as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreation and vacation.

3. "Motor Home" a portable, temporary building to be used for travel, recreation and vacation, constructed as an integral part of a self-propelled vehicle.

4. "Camping Trailer" a folding structure, mounted on wheels and designed for travel, recreation and vacation uses.

According to Red Wing City Code Section 9.06, it is unlawful for any person to park a recreational camping vehicle on or within the limits of any street or right-of-way for a continuous period in excess of six hours, except where signs are posted designating the place as a campsite or in a mobile home park. During such six-hour period, however, such vehicle shall not be occupied as living quarters.

If you witness a parking violation please call the Red Wing Police Department's 24-hour non-emergency number at 651-385-3155.

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