Residents throughout Whitecourt are getting ready to winterize and store their Recreational Vehicles (RVs) for the season. The Town of Whitecourt reminds residents that Land Use Bylaw 1506 and Traffic Bylaw 1440 outline guidelines and regulations for the parking of RVs on residential properties and streets.
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding RV parking.
What vehicles are considered RVs?
Motor homes, fifth wheel trailers, holiday trailers, and boats are all considered recreational vehicles under Land Use Bylaw 1506.
Where can residents park their RVs during the winter?
During the winter, RVs must be stored beside or behind the house. From November 1 to March 31, on residential properties, one recreational vehicle may be stored on site. No portion of the recreational vehicle may be located any further forward than the front of the home (minimum of 6.1m from the front property line).
Can residents park unattached trailers on a local street?
No, unattached trailers cannot be parked on town streets at any time. This includes (but is not limited to) tent trailers, travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, boat trailers, utility trailers, campers not mounted on truck, etc.
Can an RV parked on a local street or on a private property be utilized for sleeping?
No, an RV parked on a local street or highway cannot utilized for sleeping. RV’s are not permitted to be occupied for temporary accommodations except within approved campground locations.
What are the fines for the improper parking of an RV and utility vehicle?
Fines can be issued according to Town Bylaws and Provincial Legislation.
- Parking RVs in prohibited areas - $250 fine for first offence under Land Use Bylaw 1506. Subsequent fines will apply for non-compliance.
- Unattached Trailers - $50 fine under Traffic Bylaw 1440
- Parked over 72 hours – up to a $324 penalty, plus towing cost under the Traffic Safety Act
For more information, contact the Planning & Development Department at 780-778-2273.