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Recreational Vehicles Permitted to Serve as Temporary Housing

Recreational Vehicles Permitted to Serve as Temporary Housing

April 20, 2021

As the community continues to rebuild following the storm event on August 10, 2020, the City of Cedar Rapids has expanded the in-town use of recreational vehicles (RVs) to be used as a temporary housing unit for those completing home repairs.

Recreational vehicles include travel trailers, motor homes, and campers. While not designed or intended for use as a permanent dwelling, they can provide temporary living quarters as the community rebuilds. RVs will be permitted as temporary housing in all Cedar Rapids zoning districts until November 15, 2021. Extensions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Using RVs as Temporary Housing

  • Applicants are required to apply for a zoning clearance permit. Residents can access the permit online. Completed applications can be emailed to zoning@cedar-rapids.org.
  • Applicants must have been issued a building permit to reconstruct or restore a permanent dwelling structure. A copy of the building permit must be included with the zoning clearance permit application.
  • The RV can only be occupied by the property owner and immediate family or a relative assisting in the restoration or reconstruction of the primary dwelling. No contractors shall be allowed to reside in the temporary housing unit.
  • RVs should not be placed on the existing slab for the primary dwelling; the City must approve the location.
  • RVs must be connected to water, electric, and sewer services.
  • Self-contained non-connected units may be used as temporary housing for up to thirty (30) days and only under hardship conditions such as when there are no services available.
  • Only one unit recreational vehicle is permitted per lot.
  • The property owner must have access to a vehicle capable of towing the recreational vehicle if necessary.

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