City Ordinance Regarding Use of Vehicles as Living Quarters

​In November 2016, Los Angeles adopted an ordinance that does not ‘criminalize’ living in vehicles, while balancing the needs of residents, businesses and visitors for clean, healthy and safe public areas. The new LAMC Section 85.02 regulates the conduct of dwelling in a vehicle on a public street. These provisions became effective on January 7, 2017 and expire on July 1, 2018, unless extended by ordinance.

A summary of the ordinance is posted at

Living in a vehicle (vehicle dwelling) is prohibited at all times:

  • within one block (500 feet) of licensed schools, pre-schools, daycare facilities, or parks.

Persons may live in a vehicle:

  • Daytime Hours, between 6 am and 9 pm:
    more than one block (500 feet) away from licensed schools, pre-schools, daycare facilities, or parks;
  • Nighttime Hours, between 9 pm and 6 am:
    in non-residentially zoned areas which are more than one block (500 feet) away from licensed schools, pre-schools or daycare facilities or parks.


  • Vehicles must comply with all posted parking restrictions at all times.
  • All vehicles driven or parked on a California street, road or highway must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and insured.
  • Any vehicle that has been parked on a city street or highway for 72 hours or more can be reported as an abandoned vehicle.
  • Parking in alleys is illegal at all times.
  • Vehicles without an engine, wheels, or some other part necessary for safely driving the vehicle are subject to immediate impounding.

Maps are provided to assist the public in identifying streets where living in a vehicle would/would not be allowed. The Wilshire Area vehicle dwelling parking map is located at



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