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In response to a common question from residents and our readers, below is a copy of the Citrus Heights municipal code addressing camping in city limits. The ordinance was passed by the city council in 2008.
Sec. 50-502. – Unlawful camping.
It shall be unlawful for any person to camp, occupy camp facilities or use camp paraphernalia in the city, whether on public or private property, whether paved or unpaved, except as expressly permitted by this article.
Sec. 50-503. – Permitted camping.
Camping is permitted in the city under the following circumstances:
- (a) On public property specifically set aside and clearly marked for public camping purposes.
- (b) In the rear or side yard of a residential structure with the consent of the owner or occupant, as long as the campsite is separated from the street by a fence, hedge or other permanent obstruction, and is not visible from the public right-of-way.
- (c) In conjunction with events authorized and expressly provided for in a special event or temporary use permit issued by the city.
Sec. 50-504. – Unlawful storage of personal property in public places.
It shall be unlawful for any person to store or leave unattended personal property, including camp facilities and camp paraphernalia on public property, unless such storage is expressly authorized and in conjunction with a permitted camping activity under this article.
Sec. 50-505. – Public nuisance declared.
Any campsite established in violation of this article is declared to be a public nuisance, and the city is authorized to abate the nuisance and remove camp facilities and camp paraphernalia as authorized by law.
Sec. 50-506. – City manager administrative authority.
The city manager or his/her designee shall develop and adopt administrative regulations that are consistent with the terms and prohibitions of this article. This shall include all policies and procedures for the abatement of unlawful camping, including the policies and procedures for ensuring safe and prompt removal of the nuisance while meeting procedural safeguards required by city, state or federal law.
Sec. 50-507. – Penalty.
Any person who violates this article is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $500.00 and/or imprisonment not to exceed six months. This article may also be enforced via administrative or civil actions as authorized by the Municipal Code.
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