RV and Haul-Trailer Requirements



Do You Own More than One Recreational Vehicle (Boat, Camper, Jet Ski, Snowmobile, Motor home, Etc.) Or Utility/Haul-Trailer?


Please be advised that on March 15, 2010, the Gurnee Village Board approved an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance relating to parking and storage of recreational vehicles and haul-trailers outside on residentially zoned and used properties. These restrictions apply ONLY to vehicles meeting the definitions below and do not restrict property owners or residents from parking or placing the vehicle on the property IF it complies with the ordinance or is inside a fully enclosed structure.

What is a Recreational Vehicle and Utility/Haul-Trailer?
To be considered a recreational vehicle or utility/haul-trailer, and therefore subject to the restrictions, a vehicle must meet the following definitions:

Recreational Vehicle (RV): Any vehicle or boat designed for temporary living quarters, recreation, or temporary human habitation and not used as a commercial vehicle, including, but not limited to, the following: boat/watercraft, camper trailer, conversion vans (Class C motor home), motorized trailer, off-the-road vehicle, racing car or cycle, snowmobile, travel trailer, and truck camper. For the purpose of this ordinance, any of these vehicles mounted on or inside a utility/haul trailer shall be considered one vehicle. Mobile homes, as defined elsewhere in Article 2.2 of the Zoning Ordinance, are not included in the definition of RV. 

Utility or Haul trailer: A vehicle, enclosed or non-enclosed, without its own motive power that is designed and constructed to transport another vehicle, such as a car, boat, motorcycle or snowmobile, or to transport equipment and/or tools, such as lawn mowers, etc., and that is eligible to be licensed or registered and insured for highway use. For the purpose of this ordinance, a utility or haul trailer with vehicle(s) mounted on it shall be considered one vehicle.

What are the Regulations?

  1. Properties with less than 40,000 sq. ft. are allowed a maximum of 1 RV or utility/haul trailer.

  2. Properties with 40,000 sq. ft. or more are allowed a maximum of 2 RVs, utility/haul trailers, or combination. 

  3. Utility/haul trailers may not contain print or logos which advertise a business.

  4. Utility/haul trailers may contain no more than 2 axles.

  5. They must have current and valid registration with the State of Illinois or as otherwise required by law.

  6. They must be parked, stored and maintained in an operable condition at all times. 

  7. They must be parked or stored on asphalt, concrete, crushed stone, or brick pavers, free of noxious weeds or grass.

  8. They are prohibited from having their wheels or other transportation devices removed, except that slide-in pick-up truck campers are allowed to be stored detached from a truck.

  9. They must be owned by the resident, property owner, or occupant of the property on which they are parked or stored.

  10. They are prohibited from being parked or stored into or over any public sidewalk, street, or street right-of-way.

  11. They are prohibited from being occupied or used for living, sleeping, or housekeeping purposes by the resident or property owner.

Where can I find more info? 

For more information or clarification, please Article 11.7 of the Zoning Ordinance (Recreational Vehicles in Residential Districts) or contact the Community Development Department at (847) 599-7550 during the normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.