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City bans company cars parking on streets

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It's something you may need to do as a requirement of your job: bring home a company car. But if you park in a residential area, doing so could break a city ordinance in Sioux Falls if it has certain properties.

Working for a plumbing company, Kyle Vrondran brings his work truck home every night from his job.

"It's a privilege for me to drive my work truck to and from my job site which is in Brandon. I save gas money by getting to take it home. It's a perk of the job," said Vrondran.

He finds it surprising to learn that doing such a thing would violate a Sioux Falls zoning ordinance. Despite that, it does fall under the definition of a commercial vehicle.

"We define a commercial vehicle in one of two ways. One, by the amount of signage that's on a vehicle and also if it's been structurally altered to serve a commercial purpose in some way," said zoning enforcement manager Shawna Goldammer.

The amount of signage needed to qualify as a commercial vehicle is sixteen square feet. Goldammer says they rely on neighbors to report violations and don't go driving around looking for them. She says there are ways around violating the ordinance.

"You may be able to be close to a commercial parking lot and you may be able to work out something with the business owner that you can park the vehicle there when you're on call," said Goldammer.

Goldammer says you also may be able to take off some of the signage so it doesn't violate the ordinance.

Vrondran says he's brought his work truck home for five years now and has never had a complaint, so he's going to keep brining it home.

"This is in front of my home. Who's it hurting? If I'm okay with it, what's the problem?" said Vrondran.

If you're caught parking a commercial vehicle at home, zoning enforcement officers will let you know of the violation. They are re-working the zoning laws right now, so there is a chance for you to have some input on this.

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