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Posted on: August 23, 2018

Council suspends enforcement of boat/RV code pending further review

UPDATE RE: Boat and RV ordinance enforcement

On September 13, the Village Council has suspended all enforcement activities and fine accruals relating to the storage of boats and RVs in residential neighborhoods. They also directed staff to conduct a survey of residents regarding their opinions about the ordinance, and to convene a citizen committee to revisit the provisions in the ordinance. The Council established a time frame of six months to complete the work.


North Palm Beach code compliance officers have been issuing notices for violations of the Village’s boat and recreational vehicle ordinance, which requires boats and RVs to be visually screened from view and properly licensed when stored on residential properties.

The increased enforcement is intended to encourage property owners to comply with the code and comes after considerable public discussion and review of community needs.

Sections 18-35 and 18-35.1 of the North Palm Beach Code of Ordinances list the requirements for parking boats and RVs on residential properties. Subparagraph (8) of each section lists the requirement for visual screening. It reads, “All such equipment, when parked on site, shall be visually screened from the view of abutting properties, street rights-of-way, and alleyways.”

Other requirements are listed in the ordinance as well, including height and length limitations for boats and RVs, and requirements for the vehicles to be kept in “clean, neat and presentable condition.”

The current version of the boat and RV code was adopted by the Village Council in September 2016. Anyone with questions, concerns or comments is asked to contact the Village by emailing BoatandRVinfo@village-npb.org.

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