Rules are in place for RV parking in the city

An RV is defined in the city’s zoning bylaw as a vehicle intended as a temporary accommodation for travel or recreational use

Summer is a time when recreational vehicle owners come to Vernon to visit friends and family.

An RV is defined in the city’s zoning bylaw as a vehicle intended as a temporary accommodation for travel or recreational use, and it includes travel trailers, motorized homes, slide-in campers, chassis-mounted campers, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles and tent trailers.

“Up to two RVs may be parked or stored on a residential property, and can be parked in your driveway, side yard or rear yard, and may be up to 29 feet each in total length,” said Clint Kanester, the city’s bylaw enforcement manager.

“Larger RVs may still be parked or stored on a residential property, but must be stored in a fully enclosed building. Total length would include any additions to regular length such as a storage box that may be attached to your bumper, or the length of a trailer with boat as one unit.”

For RVs longer than 29 feet, short-term parking of no more than two consecutive days for the purposes of loading, unloading, service or repair is permitted.  An RV may not be parked on your front lawn or areas outside of your approved driveway, side yard or rear yard.

“On the street, RVs up to 20 feet long can be parked for up to 48 hours and RV’s more than 20 feet long can be parked for up to 24 hours,” said Kanester.

“RVs parked on the street also need to have a valid license plate and be insured. Note that storage insurance alone is not adequate to park on the street.”

Electrical cords can run from your house to your RV as long as they don’t cross the sidewalk or boulevard. Pull-outs should not be extended while parking on the street.

“By following these little tips about RV use, visitors and residents can avoid headaches and accidents,” said Kanester.