RVs not legal dwellings

Thompson-Nicola Regional District would like to remind residents that recreational vehicles are not designed for permanent residence.

They issued a news release listing the reasons RVs are not permitted as dwellings in the region after an uptick in complaints this summer.

"The use of RVs as permanent, year-round, and seasonal dwellings in rural areas within the TNRD has been increasing," the TNRD said. "Some have had their wheels removed and others have had additions such as decks, roofs, and utility rooms; however, the use of an RV as a dwelling has never been permitted within the TNRD.

RVs are designed to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or travel use, they said.

"Larger ‘park model’ RVs can appear similar to a manufactured mobile or modular home, but are designed for use in campgrounds or RV parks," the TNRD said.

Some of the impacts of using an RV as a residence include:

  • Environment: lack of septic systems, often near lakes, watercourses, and wells
  • Equity: RVs are not taxed so all other complying homeowners pay more
  • Safety: risk of fire from electrical overload or carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Property value: RVs reduce the value and sale potential of neighbouring properties

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