Recreational Vehicles

Overview: Trailers, Recreational Vehicles, and Recreational Equipment 

Trailers, as defined in the Land Development Code (LDC), including travel trailers, recreational vehicles (RV), motorized homes, pickup coaches, boats, boat trailers, and noncommercial utility trailers, may be parked or stored in any residential zoning district subject to the following requirements:

  1. At no time shall parked or stored trailers be occupied or used for living, sleeping, or housekeeping except as provided herein.
  2. Trailers may be temporarily parked and occupied on existing residentially zoned and used property, in accordance with C below, for a period of seven days without a permit. However, a temporary trailer parking permit shall be required after seven days and shall be limited to a maximum of 30 days out of any six-month period in each case as issued. Permits would be applied for from the Permits and Development Information Department.
  3. Parking and storage of trailers shall be limited to the interior of automobile garages or other available on-lot accessory building or to that portion of the lot to the rear of the principal building. Additionally, trailers may be parked on the side yard provided that the following conditions are met:
    1. A minimum side yard, as determined from the regulations of the applicable zoning district, still exists after the trailer has been parked in the side yard.
    2. The trailer is parked behind the front building line of the principal building.
    3. In the case of double frontage or corner lots, the trailer is parked on the side which does not front on a street.
    4. On double frontage or corner lots, the front of the building will be that side of the building which has the main entrance into the building. The zoning / code compliance administrator may determine the location of the main entrance administratively upon request of the property owner.
    5. The following shall not be considered trailers for purposes of this section: motorcycles, dune buggies, pickup trucks, and vans (even if outfitted for camping).
  4. Trailers may be temporarily parked in the front yard for loading, unloading, and cleaning only.

530.5. Parking or Storing of Recreational Vehicles

C. The following provisions apply to all RVs parked or stored on residentially zoned parcels:

  1. RVs may not be parked or stored on any residentially zoned property where there is no primary residential structure.
  2. RVs may be temporarily parked in the driveway on a residentially zoned lot for loading, unloading, and cleanup during the times a person is in fact physically engaged in the act of loading, unloading, or cleaning the vehicle. Campers and motor homes of all types may be temporarily parked in the driveway for preparation, loading, unloading, and cleanup for up to seventy-two (72) hours in any seven (7) day period, up to four (4) times per calendar year.
  3. RVs may not be repaired on residentially zoned property unless parked in accordance with this section and unless owned by the owner-occupant or occupant-lessee of the property. No more than one (1) RV on the property may be in need of repair or under repair. this is intended to limit large-scale or continuous / repair or restoration of RVs on residentially zoned property, whether for commercial or noncommercial purposes.
  4. RVs shall not be connected to water, sewer, or electric lines, except that properly parked or stored RVs may be connected to battery chargers. It shall be unlawful, at any time, to use RVs parked or stored on residentially zoned property for residential purposes, except that (1) park trailers may be occupied temporarily for residential purposed within property zoned campgrounds, RV parks and RV subdivisions; and (2) houseguests may temporarily occupy an RV in accordance with Section 530.5.C.8 below. Otherwise, the use of RVs for activities, such as sleeping, housekeeping, living quarters, bathing, dressing, watching television, working, reading, writing, working on hobbies, or other similar activities is considered use of the RV for "residential purposes", and is prohibited, even if such activities are confined to the day-time hours and the RV is not occupied overnight. Utility, water, electric, sewage, generator, or cable connections to an RV create a presumption that the RV is being used for residential purposes. This presumption that the RV is being used for residential purposes. This presumption may be rebutted only with clear and convincing evidence.
  5. No RV parked or stored on a residentially zoned property shall be used for commercial purposes.
  6. No RV shall be parked or stored on the right-of-way. No portion of an RV shall extend over, or interfere with, the use of any sidewalk or right-of-way intended for pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
  7. An unlimited number of RVs may be parked or stored within a completely enclosed, permanent structure on any lot in a residentially zoned district, provided the enclosed permanent structure meets all applicable construction codes and a valid Building Permit exists for the structure.
  8. Parking or storage of RVs on any residentially zoned lot shall be limited to RVs owned or leased by the occupant-owner or occupant- lessee of the lot.
    1. A vehicle owned or leased by a person who is not a resident of Pasco County and who is a houseguest of the occupant-owner or occupant-lessee of the lot may be parked or stored on the on the lot for a period not to exceed ten (10) days, four (4) times per calendar year, provided that it is parked in accordance with the other regulations in this section.
      1. Guest RV parking shall be in accordance with all other provisions of this section, including setbacks, except that it may be temporarily used for residential purposes.
      2. A Guest RV Parking Permit must be obtained prior to parking the vehicle on the property and must be prominently displayed.
      3. At least thirty (30) days must lapse before guest parking will be permitted on the same property.
    2. RVs may be parked in areas zoned for multiple-family residential use, provided that such areas are approved for such use by the owner of the property and included in the approved site plan for such property.
  9. Applicability. This section does not apply to trailers that are used or designed for commercial purposes, which bear commercial markings or advertisements, or which contain "commercial equipment" as defined by this Code. Such trailers must be parked or stored in accordance with the regulations in Section 530.16 concerning the parking or storage of commercial vehicles on residential property.