Boats, Campers & Recreational Vehicles

Overview
Please read the following guidelines that control the parking and storing of boats, campers, and RVs on both residential and commercial properties in Temple Terrace. These rules are necessary to keep our City safe and clean for all residents. If you have any questions, contact the Code Enforcement Department at the number and email address at the bottom of this page.

Violation
City ordinances prohibit parking of boats, campers, recreational vehicles, and non-commercial utility trailers in front yards and unscreened side or backyards.

Corrective Action
Remove the accessory vehicle to an offsite storage area or relocate to a garage or carport or screened side/backyard. Note that non-commercial trailers cannot be stored in open carports.

City Code Definitions
Recreational Vehicle - a vehicular-type portable structure without permanent foundation, which can be towed, hauled or driven and primarily designed as temporary living accommodation for recreation, camping, and travel use and including, but not limited to, travel trailers, truck campers, camping trailers, and self-propelled motor homes.

City Code References
Section 25.750.3 Recreational Vehicles, Boats and Trailers in Residential Zoning Districts.
Recreational vehicles, boats (as defined in Article II of this Chapter) and all non-commercial trailers less than 15 feet in length may be parked in a residential zoning district (street or lot) only under the following conditions, otherwise, they are prohibited from residential zoning districts:

(a) The recreational vehicles or boats may not be occupied for living purposes except in licensed parks and campgrounds, or by special event permit.

(b) The recreational vehicles and boats must be parked in a rear or side yard no closer than five (5) feet to any property line and screened from view by a buffer not to exceed seven (7) feet in height; or parked within an enclosed garage or carport.

(c) All non-commercial trailers must be parked in a rear or side yard no closer than five (5) feet to any property line and screened from view by a buffer not to exceed seven (7) feet in height; or parked within an enclosed garage.

(d) The recreational vehicles and boats may be parked in the front yard on a temporary basis, as follows:

(1) For a period of up to two (2) days for purposes of loading, unloading, and cleaning;

(2) For a period of up to seven (7) days when owned by visitors or house guests of the subject property.

(e) The recreational vehicles and boats, (including boat trailers), are parked or stored in areas specifically designated for storage and/or parking where said areas have been approved by plat, site plan or otherwise approved by City Council.

(f) Exemptions: Notwithstanding anything written above, the following recreational vehicles are exempt from the provisions of this Section: vans, mini-vans, trucks, and other similar motorized vehicles having a length of twenty (20) feet or less, or a height of nine (9) feet or less and designed for the purpose of transporting passengers, cargo, or both; but which have been modified inside for camping or other recreational purposes. (Note: commercial vehicles are regulated under Section 25.750.2 of this Code.)

(Ord. No. 780, 8-6-91; Ord. No. 1087, 4-1-2003)

Section 25.760.13 Travel Trailers – Restrictions & Standards.

See Section 25.750.3, “Neighborhood Preservation Standards” regarding travel trailers.

(Ord. No. 420, 4-7-81; Ord. No. 734, 5-1-90)

For more information call (813) 506-6680 or e-mail scottrell@templeterrace.com.