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Recreational Vehicles
Residents of Rochester Hills are hard working people, but hard working people need some down time to relax and play, and there are all sorts of "toys" to help us do that. But for some, these units take away from the neighborhood because of their size or number, so the city has some rules regarding the storage of these units.

The city ordinance defines a recreational vehicle as a motor home, travel trailer, boat, snowmobile, camper enclosure, utility trailer, ATV or similar type of vehicle. Only recreational vehicles owned by the property owner are allowed to be stored on property in Rochester Hills. The following restrictions apply:

  • No recreation vehicle shall be parked or stored in the front yard setback except for a period of time up to 72 hours for the purpose of minor maintenance or preparing for or returning from a trip.
  • Recreational vehicles are not allowed to be stored in any required side yard setback. Recreational vehicles may be stored in the rear yard, but must be at least five feet from the side and rear property lines. (see attached diagrams)
  • All recreational vehicles stored outside must be kept in good repair and secure to prevent unauthorized entry.
  • No recreational vehicle shall be connected to electricity, gas, water or sanitary sewer facilities, except that a temporary electrical connection may be made for the purpose of recharging batteries.
  • No recreational vehicle shall be used for living or housekeeping purposes while on the premises.
  • Recreational vehicles are not allowed to be parked on public property or in the public right-of-way for more than 72 hours when loading or unloading, or preparing for or returning from a trip.

For a complete reading of the ordinance, please see Municode Sec. 138-10.308.(c).

See diagrams below for further clarification on the permitted locations for RV storage.

Shows RV storage location when living on a corner lot

Shows RV location when living on an interior lot


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