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Understanding RV and Camper Restrictions on Land in Florida

Posted by jesse on May 21, 2024

Are you dreaming of buying land in Florida to live in your RV or camper? It’s a fantastic idea with a freeing lifestyle but comes with certain rules and restrictions you should be aware of before you make your purchase. Here’s a helpful guide on what you can and cannot do when it comes to setting up your RV or camper on purchased land in various counties across Florida.

RV and Camper Rules in Putnam and Jackson Counties

Putnam County

  • Residential Zones: You can camp on residentially zoned lots for up to 14 consecutive days, with a limit of 120 days total per year.
  • Note: The RV or camper must not be parked on residential property beyond the 14-day limit.
  • Agricultural Properties: For plots of 1 acre or more, the rules extend to 90 consecutive days or 180 non-consecutive days within a year.

Jackson County – Compass Lake hills

  • General Regulation: RV usage is limited to 7 days at a time, up to twice per year per property.
  • Parking Limit: Do not leave your RV or camper on the site for more than 7 days.

Building a House and Storing Your Camper

Many wonder if building a house on their property would allow them to store their camper or RV more freely. Generally, the answer is yes—if you construct a legal dwelling, you’re typically allowed to store your RV or camper on your property without the stricter limits imposed on vacant lands.

Enforcement of These Rules

The enforcement of these regulations often begins with a neighbor’s complaint leading to an investigation by county code enforcement officials. If your camper overstays, expect a letter from the county asking you to move it within a certain timeframe or face potential fines, legal actions, and even liens against your property.

Seeking Fewer Restrictions?

If you prefer fewer restrictions, larger agricultural plots might be the way to go. Additionally, some counties like Gulf and Calhoun allow for permanent RV setups—though we do not currently sell in these areas, it’s something on our radar for future offerings.

What If You’re Not Caught?

While it might be tempting to skirt the rules hoping not to get caught, it’s important to comply with local regulations to avoid potential legal troubles. Remember, being informed and compliant is the best way to enjoy a hassle-free experience living in your RV or camper.


Living in your RV or camper allows you to enjoy much of what Florida has to offer, from scenic views to sunny weather. As you plan your purchase, keep these rules in mind and consider how they align with your lifestyle goals. Safe travels, and enjoy exploring the vibrant landscapes and communities of sunny Florida!

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