Portland to wink at living in RVs, tiny homes
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has announced the city will essentially allow people to live in recreational vehicles, campers and tiny homes on private property but "depriortizing" complaints against them.
City Code currently prohibits such living arrangements. It is enforced on a complaint basis by the Bureau of Development Services, which Eudaly oversees. On Sunday, Eudaly announced she has directed BDS to immediately "deprioritize" such complaints, unless the living conditions present a health or public safety risk.
"Housing is a basic need and a human right. We have failed to keep up with demand for affordable housing for decades," Eudaly said in her announcement, which was first reported by Willamette Week.
Property owners must provide electricity and santitary facilities to the RVs, campers and tiny homes, however. She has also limited their numbers, depending on location.
The first announcement released Monday morning said tents would be allowed on residential property, but that was in error.
Here is the fill text of Eudaly's announcement:
"Housing is a basic need and a human right. We have failed to keep up with demand for affordable housing for decades. As the City Commissioner with responsibility for the Bureau of Development Services, which enforces local building codes, I have asked the bureau to deprioritize enforcement against tiny homes and people sleeping in RVs parked on private property effective immediately."
BDS staff will begin work on developing code language to permanently allow tiny homes in conformance with recently passed HB 2737 and will continue to deprioritize enforcement against sleeping RVs on private property throughout the housing emergency.
BDS staff will use the following guidelines to continue to uphold safety and health standards aimed at protecting occupants of tiny homes and RVs as well as residents and neighbors:
Parking lots of non-residential occupied structures (religious institution, place of worship, business, or public entity)
• Property owner may grant permission for up to three vehicles (vehicle, motorhome, camper trailer, etc.) for sleeping
Properties with Single Family Structures or Duplexes
• Property owner and tenant may grant permission for one vehicle for sleeping.
• Vehicles must be located in legal parking areas on the property (Zoning requirements)
General requirements for all overnight sleeping arrangements
• Property owner shall make available sanitary facilities.
• Options include using sanitary facilities within the structure, pumping holding tanks off-site or having vendor pump out holding tank, or permitting and installing a legal sanitary dump station on site.
• Portable toilets (with ongoing service and maintenance) are only allowed at non-residential properties.
• Property owner shall make available electrical connections.
• Options include extension cords from an approved outlet in the home or permitting and installing a pedestal for plug in.
• No hard connections are allowed.
• Use of generators is not allowed
• Property owner shall subscribe to and pay for garbage, recycling, and composting service.
• City may enforce Title 29.50.050 if it determines that the camping activity on the property constitutes a nuisance or other threat to the public welfare.