Recreational Vehicle Permit Process & The Reasons behind the Ordinance

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In 2016, the Priest River City Council adopted Ordinance No. 587, commonly referred to as the Recreational Vehicle Permit Ordinance.

The ordinance was written and adopted as a way to establish some guidelines within the city as to the type of use, duration of use, and a process for the city to make sure occupied RVs are following minimal guidelines. Contrary to some speculation, this ordinance was not about making money for the city. The fees are nominal. It was an attempt to create some structure for RV use throughout various areas of the city.

The Ordinance establishes four permit types: 1) Short Term Occupancy Permit, 2) Summer Occupancy, 3) Temporary Occupancy, and 4) Municipal Caretaker Occupancy. Below are the definitions of each.

Short Term Occupancy Permit

Landowners desiring to obtain a Short Term Occupancy Permit for a Recreational Vehicle shall make application to the city for that purpose upon a form to be provided by the city. The city shall grant such a Short Term Occupancy Permit for duration not to exceed a total of 21 days in any 12 calendar month period provided the applicant provides the following:

Short Term Occupancy Permit Fee.

Proof of current Recreational Vehicle registration.

Proof of parcel ownership.

Summer Occupancy Permit

Landowners desiring to obtain a Summer Occupancy Permit for a Recreational Vehicle shall make application to the City for that purpose upon a form to be provided by the City. The City shall grant such a Summer Occupancy Permit for time period of Memorial Day through Labor Day provided the applicant provides the following:

Summer Occupancy Permit Fee.

Proof of current Recreational Vehicle registration.

Proof of parcel ownership.

Proof of City Water Connection.

Temporary Occupancy Permit

Landowners desiring to obtain a Temporary Occupancy Permit for a Recreational Vehicle during the building of a single-family dwelling on a parcel shall make application to the City for that purpose upon a form to be provided by the City. The City shall grant such a Temporary Occupancy Permit for a period of one year from issuance provided the applicant provides the following:

Temporary Occupancy Permit Fee.

Proof of current Recreational Vehicle registration.

Proof of parcel ownership

Proof of City Water Connection.

Building Permit for single family dwelling.

Municipal Caretaker Permit

Municipal entities desiring to obtain a Municipal Caretaker Permit for one (1) Recreational Vehicle to be located on a parcel in the Municipal District (MUN) shall submit a written request to the City Council. The City Council in its discretion may grant such Municipal Caretaker Permit for a period of one year from issuance provided that the municipal entity provides the following documents:

A detailed site plan outlining parking for the caretaker.

A schedule for the dates of use for the Occupied Recreational Vehicle for the year.

A written explanation for the necessity of the Municipal Caretaker Permit.

Permit fees are set by resolution each year in the City’s annual fee schedule, and the current fees are:

Short Term Occupancy Permit $ 10.00

Summer Occupancy Permit $100.00

Temporary Occupancy Permit $ 50.00

The fee schedule and permit application can be obtained at City Hall. We are trying to make the process as simple as we can, while at the same time protecting the City and its residents.

If you have any questions regarding the process, please feel free to contact City Hall. If you have specific questions for me, leave a message at City Hall and I will be happy to contact you.

Jim Martin is the mayor of Priest River.

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