Campers as Dwellings
Here’s Belmont’s Ordinance speaking to RV’s on vacant lots and RV’s on occupied lots.
Any of the following vehicles:
a. Motorhome or van, which is a portable, temporary dwelling to be used for travel, recreation and vacation, constructed as an integral part of a self propelled vehicle.
b. Pickup camper, which is a structure designed to be mounted on a truck chassis for use as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreation, and vacation.
c. Recreational trailer, which is a vehicular, portable structure built on a single chassis, 400 square feet or less when measured at the largest exterior horizontal projections, calculated by taking the measurements of the exterior of the recreational trailer including all siding, corner trim, molding, storage space and area enclosed by windows but not the roof overhang. It shall be designed primarily not for use as a permanent dwelling but as a temporary dwelling for recreational, camping, travel or seasonal use.
d. Tent trailer, which is a canvas or synthetic fiber folding structure, mounted on wheels and designed for travel, recreation, and vacation purposes.
Use is limited to temporary dwelling for recreational, camping, travel or seasonal use and may not be used in conjunction with a commercial or industrial use regulated under the Site Plan Review Regulations.
Vehicles which exceed 320 square feet including expansion sections and/or additions shall be considered structures for Zoning and Planning purposes. Park Model Recreational Vehicles in excess of 320 square feet including expansion sections and/or additions shall be regulated as manufactured housing units under this ordinance.
Property owners may house one unit on their property as accessory to an existing primary residential use providing the intent is to store the unit or to use the unit for temporary recreational use of the property owner or non-paying guest. Such use shall not exceed 45 days during any twelve-month period unless the unit is attached to NH State approved on-site water and septic or sewer facilities. If so attached, use of the unit shall not exceed six months during any twelve-month period.
The allowed single unit shall not be considered a structure for Zoning and Planning purposes and shall not be used as a primary residence.
Property owners may place one unit on their vacant lot for temporary recreational use by themselves or members of their immediate family for no more than 30 days during any twelve-month period. Such units shall remain registered, shall not be attached to any structure or the ground, and shall have and use a manufacturer-installed self-contained wastewater systems. Further, if the unit is attached to NH State approved on-site water and septic or sewer facilities, the unit may remain on site for up to six months during any twelve-month period.
Units placed on lots not having an existing primary residential use are subject to the 320 square foot clause above.
Candace L. Daigle
Belmont Town Planner
PO Box 310, 143 Main Street
Belmont, NH 03220-0310
(603) 267-8300 x 13 (voice)
(603) 267-8307 (fax)