City Regulates ‘Parking Lot Camping’
The Clinton County Health Department, Plattsburgh, N.Y., has released an updated version of its sanitary code, including new sections on campground use and mass gatherings.
The code, which covers both state and local health-related regulations for restaurants, mobile home parks and other public facilities, was first published in 1985 and revised for the first time this year, according to the Plattsburgh Press Republican.
“A lot of things have changed over that time period,” said John Kanoza, director of the Environmental Division for the County Health Department. “This gives us more leverage in some areas, such as campground use.”
The revised code addresses the growing popularity of using parking lots as campgrounds for recreational vehicles. It specifically states that parking lots that allow five or more recreational vehicles to park in the lot between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. will be considered a parking-lot campground, and the owner will have to apply for a permit from the health department.
Otherwise, owners will have to post “No Camping Allowed” signs in the lot and notify police to enforce removal of any remaining recreational vehicles.
“It’s become a topic of much interest,” Kanoza said, noting that RV owners have increasingly been using store parking areas for overnight camping, even though the lots are posted.
The city is located on the shore of Lake Champlain in extreme northern New York.