Recreational Vehicles


Recreational Vehicles

Please bring the permit applications to the Community Development Department located at the northwest corner of the City Hall Complex at 2401 53rd Street S.

If you have any questions about Recreational Vehicles in the City of Gulfport, please contact (727) 893-1061 or 893-1063.

Please click on links below for:

RECREATIONAL VEHICLE (RV) PERMIT APPLICATION

RECREATIONAL VEHICLE (RV) 120 HR/5 DAY PERMIT

Gulfport, Florida, Code of Ordinances - Chapter 21 - Recreational Vehicles

Sec. 21-1. – Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter the following words and phrases shall mean:

(1)     Recreational vehicle. Any structure intended for or capable of human habitation, mounted upon wheels and capable of being moved from place to place, either by its own power or by power supplied by some vehicle attached or to be attached thereto.

(2)     Class B type recreational vehicle.  A Class B type recreational vehicle is built with the same basic frame and motor as a single wheel rear axle passenger van and may include camper and conversion vans; due to their relatively small size they can be used for day-to-day transportation and otherwise meet the definition of a recreational vehicle.

(3)     Licensed vehicle. Any vehicle, whether motorized or not, and including a trailer, which has a current valid license plate and/or other registration certificate, affixed thereto as required by law.

(4)     Operable vehicle.  Any vehicle, whether motorized or not, and including a trailer, which is not wrecked or dismantled in any way, or which is capable of being operated on the public streets, or which is permitted or allowed by law to be operated on the public streets.

 

Sec. 21-2. – Permit to maintain recreational vehicle; required.

It shall be unlawful to place, keep or maintain any recreational vehicle upon any lot or parcel of ground within the city, except in a designated recreational vehicle park, unless such person shall first obtain from the city manager, or his or her designee, a permit to do so.

Sec. 21-3. – Application for permit.

Every applicant for a permit under the provisions of section 21-2, shall file with the city a written application, stating the name of the applicant and the location of the premises upon which he or she desires to place such recreational vehicle. Such application must be signed by the applicant and attested by a notary public.

 

Sec. 21-4. – Regulations for the keeping and maintaining of recreational vehicles.

In placing, keeping or maintaining a recreational vehicle upon any lot or parcel of ground within the city for which a permit has been issued under the provisions of section 21-2, it shall be unlawful for any person to violate the following regulations:

(1)     No recreational vehicle shall be placed, kept or maintained except in the rear or side yard of any parcel of land within the city, nor beyond the front of any structure upon said property, nor within six (6) feet of the side yard line of an interior lot, nor within fifteen (15) feet of the side yard line of a corner lot, which side yard line abuts a street or alley, nor within fifteen (15) feet of the rear property line, nor within five (5) feet of any structure located upon said property. Class B type recreational vehicles, under 23 feet in length and as otherwise defined in this section, are exempt from this provision.

(2)     No more than one (1) recreational vehicle shall be placed, kept or maintained on any parcel of land within the city.

(3)     No recreational vehicle shall be connected to any utility other than electric.

(4)     No recreational vehicle shall be used for business purposes.

(5)     No recreational vehicle shall be utilized for storage in connection with any business.

(6)     No recreational vehicle shall be utilized for sleeping purposes or human habitation.

(7)    All recreational vehicles shall be licensed and operable.

b.      Provided, however, that the foregoing regulations prohibiting the location, use of a recreational vehicle for sleeping purposes and for human habitation shall not apply for a period of time less than one hundred and twenty (120) hours, not more than twice per calendar year provided that the Owner and/or Occupant of said recreational vehicle obtain a City permit, at no charge, prior to occupying the recreational vehicle for sleeping and/or human habitation ; provided further, that the foregoing regulations prohibiting the location of a recreational vehicle shall not apply for a period of time less than seventy-two (72) hours for loading and unloading recreational vehicles before and after a trip; and provided further, that the foregoing regulations prohibiting a recreational vehicle from being connected to utility services and prohibiting a recreational vehicle from being used for business purposes shall not apply in regard to any recreational vehicle used at the site of and in connection with any construction for which a building permit has been issued by the city and so long as said building permit remains valid.

Sec. 21-5.  Exemption from Regulations for the keeping and maintaining of recreational vehicles.

The following shall apply to recreational vehicles existing on a property prior to January 2, 2014.

 

(1)         “Existing” means a licensed and operable recreational vehicle located upon the owner’s property for which a valid permit from the City Manager, or his or her designee, has been obtained pursuant to Section 21-2.

 

(2)         Applicants for an exemption under this section must apply for a special permit allowing for the placement of their recreational vehicle to remain unchanged. The special permit shall be obtained as provided for under Section 21-3.

 

(3)         Upon the granting of a special permit pursuant to Subsection (2) above, the owner of the recreational vehicle shall place and maintain the permit in the bottom left-hand corner of the vehicle’s front windshield.

 

(4)         For purposes of this section, the special permit attaches to the recreational vehicle specifically, and shall only apply for that recreational vehicle. Any subsequent purchase of or otherwise change in the previously permitted recreational vehicles will render the special permit null and void. The owner must then obtain a new permit as provided for under Section 21-3 and shall no longer be eligible for an exemption under this section.

 

(5)         Upon the owner(s) obtaining a special permit pursuant to this section, the recreational vehicle will be exempt from the placement requirements of Section 21-4 Subsection (1) only. Section 21-4 Subsections (2) – (7) shall apply to any recreational vehicle under this code.

 

(6)         Should the owner(s) abandon the use of a special permit granted under Section 21-2 for a period of  one (1) year, the owner(s) shall be considered as forfeiting their special permit, and thus any recreational vehicle placed on the property must conform to the placement requirements set forth in Section 21-4 (1). For purposes of this section “abandoning use” shall mean removing the previously permitted recreational vehicle from the owner’s property for the aforementioned time period.

 

(7)     Owner(s) of recreational vehicles not conforming to the requirements of Section 21-4 (1) and who have not applied for a special exemption by January 2, 2014, shall no longer be eligible and will be considered in violation of this code and subject to enforcement procedures.