The Village of Buffalo Grove approved new regulations for the parking and storing of recreational vehicles (RVs) outside, which will take effect August 1, 2018.
The RV Outdoor Parking and Storage Regulations Pamphlet provides a general overview of the regulations.
Click on any of the tabs below to learn more information on any of the topics below. For further information, please contact the Community Development Department at 847-459-2530.
All RVs parked or stored outside in a residential zone must meet the following regulations:
Driveway Parking Regulations
One RV can be parked in a driveway in a residential zone:
Yard Storage Regulations
Anytime during the calendar year, one RV can be stored in the interior side yard or rear side yard if the following requirements are met:
The following types of recreational vehicle (RV) are subject to the Village's regulations:
Vehicles or trailers for recreational or non- commercial uses that can be driven, towed, sailed, or hauled. This includes, but is not limited to, those vehicles commonly referred to as RVs, such as motor homes and travel trailers, as well as any snowmobiles, pull campers, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), tent trailers, special purpose trailers, cargo trailers, horse trailers, utility trailers used for hauling, or other similar vehicle; water-oriented vehicles and their trailers including, but not limited to, power boats, cruisers, jet skies, fishing/hunting boats, pontoon boats, personal watercrafts (PWC), as well as, row boats, sail boats, and other non-motorized watercraft. A recreational vehicle(s) such as an ATV, PWC or boat on a trailer shall constitute one recreational vehicle.
Who do I contact if I have questions or if I need assistance to identify a storage area on my property?
Please contact the Community Development Department at 847-459-2530.
How do find my setbacks or identify what zoning district my residence is in?
Setback requirements vary by zoning district. Utilize the Zoning District Map to identify your zoning district and the zoning code to identify your front, side, and rear yard setbacks. The Community Development Department can also provide assistance: 847-459-2530.
What if I can not find a plat of survey?
Check with the Village, as we may likely have a copy. The Community Development Department can be reached at 847-459-2530.
Do I need my neighbor’s consent to park a RV on my lot?
If the RV is parked or stored in compliance with the ordinance, the consent from your neighbors is not necessary.
Can I use mulch or gravel as the allowable storage surface?
No. It must be stored on a hard surface such as concrete, asphalt, pavers, or other similar materials. These materials shall be installed in accordance to manufacturer standards. Please note that any new surface will require a building permit.
What if I have a hardship and do not have enough land, need more time or if can’t meet the setbacks?
If you are unable to comply with the regulations, you may request a variation to the Ordinance. This will require a public hearing before the Planning & Zoning Commission. A request for a variation will be based on your hardship which must be demonstrated during the public hearing. To learn more see the "RV Variation Process" tab.
Any property that is unable to comply with the RV regulations may apply for a variation of the Buffalo Grove Zoning Ordinance. In order to begin that process, applicants must provide the following information, which can also be found in the RV Outdoor Parking and Storage Variation Process handout:
2. Filing Fee of $50. This is a non-refundable fee.
3. Proof of Ownership such as a copy of the Warranty Deed, Title Policy or Trust Deed.
4. Plat of survey showing the location of the storage area.
5. A letter detailing the specific request including details regarding the size of the RV being stored and surface materials and screening. The letter should also indicate the unique circumstances and how it would cause a hardship if the variance were not granted.
6. For the required public hearing the names and addresses of all property owners within two hundred fifty (250) feet should be provided. Village staff can provide assistance with obtaining the names. Staff also recommends that you speak to your neighbors before the hearing.
7. A Certificate of Mailing form indicating that the names and addresses of surrounding property owners is accurate (attached to application).
8. If the application is being made by anyone other than the owner, include a letter from the owner authorizing said person to act as owner’s agent.
Once a complete application has been received, Village staff will schedule your request before the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) for a public hearing. The PZC has the authority to either grant or deny your request. If a request has been denied by the PZC, applicants may appeal to the Village Board.