When operators make improvements to a campground or RV park, permits may be handled through a state agency, specifically the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) which has jurisdiction over campgrounds and RV parks.

According to a press release from the California Association of RV Park & Campgrounds (CalARVC), in some locations, the state is taking over permitting responsibilities that used to be handled by local agencies.

“Currently, 81 jurisdictions have assumed authority from HCD. All others are handled directly by the state,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of CalARVC, adding, “If you want to put in a new bathroom or make improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, you need to work through the Department of Housing and Community Development.”

Unfortunately, the state doesn’t have the resources to educate private park operators about these topics. But attendees at CalARVC’s latest educational workshops were briefed on RV park regulation by HCD Field Director Chris Anderson.

Sipe said park operators can also find out which agency has jurisdiction over a particular park by visiting www.hcd.ca.gov/codes/mp and entering the park’s name in the state database.

The Jan. 28 workshop, held at Wine Country RV Resort in Paso Robles, Calif., also included a park tour as well as a briefing on eviction law by John H. Pentecost of the law firm of Hart King in Santa Ana.

Other guest speakers included Megan Whittington and Cheryl Taylor of Wine Country RV Resort, who talked about marketing to clubs and groups; Susanne White of CalARVC, who talked about marketing opportunities involving Camp-California.com, CalARVC’s travel planning website;  Brent Kamprud of Austin, Texas-based TengoInternet; Erik Gothberg of Kampgrounds of America (KOA); Lucas Hartford of Lewiston, Maine-based Evergreen USA; and Barb Youmans of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC), who talked about ARVC member benefit programs.

CalARVC is planning two more day-long educational workshops for private park operators on April 24 at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina in Newport Beach and on Sept. 23 at Far Horizons 49er Village RV Resort in Plymouth, the former of which will have a vendor session in the afternoon where park operators can speak directly with vendors and learn about their products. For registration information, please visit www.calarvc.com.