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City to allow RVs, tiny homes on wheels on private property with conditions

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
October 16, 2017

Commissioner Eudaly Statement Regarding Tiny Home and RV Enforcement

Commissioner Eudaly said, "Housing is a basic need and a human right. We have failed to keep up with demand for affordable housing for decades. As the City Commissioner with responsibility for the Bureau of Development Services, which enforces local building codes, I have asked the bureau to deprioritize enforcement against tiny homes and people sleeping in RVs parked on private property effective immediately.” BDS staff will begin work on developing code language to permanently allow tiny homes in conformance with recently passed HB 2737 and will continue to deprioritize enforcement against sleeping RVs on private property throughout the housing emergency.

BDS staff will use the following guidelines to continue to uphold safety and health standards aimed at protecting occupants of tiny homes and RVs as well as residents and neighbors:

Parking lots of non-residential occupied structures (religious institution, place of worship, business, or public entity)

  • Property owner may grant permission for up to three vehicles (vehicle, motorhome, camper trailer, etc.) for sleeping.

Properties with Single Family Structures or Duplexes

  • Property owner and tenant may grant permission for one vehicle for sleeping.
  • Vehicles must be located in legal parking areas on the property. (meet Zoning Code requirements)

General requirements for all overnight sleeping arrangements

Sanitation

  • Property owner shall make available sanitary facilities. 
  • Options include using sanitary facilities within the structure, pumping holding tanks off-site or having vendor pump out holding tank, or permitting and installing a legal sanitary dump station on site.
  • Portable toilets (with ongoing service and maintenance) are only allowed at non-residential properties.

Electrical

  • Property owner shall make available electrical connections. 
  • Options include extension cords from an approved outlet in the home or permitting and installing a pedestal for plug in. 
  • No hard connections are allowed.
  • Use of generators is not allowed.
  • Property owner shall subscribe to and pay for garbage, recycling, and composting service.

City may enforce Title 29.50.050 if it determines that the camping activity on the property constitutes a nuisance or other threat to the public welfare.

Additional Restrictions

  • Accessory Short Term Rental operations may not be operated out of vehicles (tiny homes, RVs, camper trailers, motorhomes, etc.)
  • Tiny homes and RVs continue to be subject to restrictions noted in PCC 24.50.065 Recreational Vehicles located in Areas of Special Flood Hazard or Base Flood Zones.

For more information, please contact David Austin at David.Austin@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-1365. 

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