What are the restrictions on staying in an RV or tiny home in Everett?

A recreational vehicle or tiny house may not be used as a residence within the city except as otherwise allowed below.

A recreational vehicle or tiny house may be used as a primary residence in a manufactured/mobile home community which was legally in existence before June 12, 2008 as set forth in RCW 35.21.684 if the recreational vehicle or the tiny house meets the following requirements:

  • The recreational vehicle or tiny house meets fire, safety and other requirements of the City Building Official and Fire Marshal;

  • The recreational vehicle or tiny house contains at least one internal toilet and at least one internal shower, or the manufactured/mobile home community provides toilets and showers for use of the recreational vehicle or tiny house’s occupants.

(See EMC 19.08.210)

A recreational vehicle or tiny house may be used as temporary shelter for temporary outdoor encampments, safe parking area or tiny home community which may be approved for a period not to exceed four consecutive months or six months during any calendar year. The requirements to establish an outdoor encampment include notice to adjacent property owners, meeting setback, fencing, lighting, parking, resident restrictions, code of conduct and management requirements. Where these temporary outdoor encampments are allowed are limited unless operated or hosted by a religious organization.

(See EMC 19.08.200 and EMC 19.05.080)

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