Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Parks
This program includes approximately 5,500 mobile home parks, lodging and recreational vehicle parks, and recreational camps in Florida. The objective of this program is to minimize the risk of injury and illness in this residential environment. The objective is accomplished through routine inspections of these parks and camps ensuring the residents' risks for disease from an environmental origin are minimized. The inspections focus on the following: 1) proper sewage disposal to minimize the risk of diseases such as hepatitis, salmonella, and shigella; 2), safe drinking water to minimize the risks of diseases such as giardia and cryptosporidium; 3) safe solid waste collection and disposal to minimize rat and roach infestations, as well as reservoirs for mosquitoes and associated diseases such as West Nile Virus, Dengue, St. Louis and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, eliminate vectors that transmit rabies and diseases associated with ticks. Also of concern is a safe and disease free swimming pool, where applicable.
The county health departments receive and investigate environmental health and sanitation complaints about these facilities. The county health departments provide complainants with report findings and corrective actions taken.
Mobile homes, lodging and recreational vehicle parks, and recreational camps are licensed annually by the Department of Health through Florida's 67 county health departments, in accordance with Chapter 64E-15, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). The county health departments provide direct services in the operational aspect of the program through routine inspections, plan reviews, educational programs, and enforcement actions. If you would like any information on parks and camps, including how to open one, contact your county health department.
Download Files (all links and pdfs open in a new window)
The Florida Statute, Florida Administrative Code rules and the application form can be downloaded by clicking on the title of the document. Most documents are in pdf format. If you cannot read pdf files, you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader free of charge from http://www.adobe.com.
Apply for a New Permit
Permits for mobile home and/or recreational vehicle parks are issued by the Department of Health's county health departments.
To apply for a new permit, download and complete application form (14Kb PDF, opens in a new window) and submit it, along with a plan of your park, information on the water system, the sewage disposal system, any swimming pools and the required permit fee to the Environmental Health Section of your county health department. The plans for a new park or camp must be drawn to scale and include the area and dimensions of the tract of land; the space number or other designation of the space; the location and size of all proposed mobile home, recreational vehicle, or tent spaces; the location of roadways; and the location of any added service buildings. The permit fee is based on the number of spaces your park has; the county health department can help you calculate the correct permit fee for your proposed facility.
Helpful Resources (all links open in new window))
The Florida Association
of RV Parks and Campgrounds