Before you can even begin designing your campground, you must first secure the necessary permits from the local authorities. If the land is to be used for tented camping (including trailer tents) for more than 42 days in a row or more than 60 days in a row, a site license will be required. These sites are known as "campsites-in-waiting" and can only be used when they are vacated by other tenters. The cost of the license depends on the number of sites you want to use and the length of time you intend to camp there.
In some states, you may be able to get a special permit that allows you to set up shop as a campground host without having to pay the fees required for a regular campsite. You can find out if this is possible in your state by contacting the appropriate agencies.
Finally, if you plan to have a general store at the campground, you'll need a business license. The costs of these vary by location but can range from $50 to $500. Make sure to include these expenses in your campground profit estimate.
Land that was not previously set aside for public use can be converted into a private campground with permission from the property owner. Permits can be obtained by anyone who plans to charge people to stay in their own car or trailer. The size of the campground cannot exceed 10 percent of the total acreage owned by one person or company.
The proposed amendment would eliminate the need for permits for camping on private land, regardless of proximity to a residence; permits are now necessary. The ordinance now states that a camper, travel trailer, or motor home can be utilized for one 30-day period if it is 1,000 feet or less from a habitation. If the vehicle is being used beyond this time, a new permit must be obtained.
In addition to the new restrictions, several other changes were made by the council to ensure compliance with state law. For example, state law requires that vehicles be registered in the name of an individual who has not reached 18 years of age (or the legal age where you can get a driver's license, if older). To comply with this requirement, the city clerk's office will no longer accept applications for registration cards from individuals under 18. The only exception is if the cardholder is a child living with a parent or guardian who can verify that identity theft has not taken place.
Also, under state law you are required to carry liability insurance while driving in Michigan. To comply with this requirement, all owners of vehicles that are driven on city streets should contact their insurance company to make sure they have valid coverage before proceeding with any trips in town. If they do not, then they should consider getting insurance before going on another adventure into urban areas.
Finally, drivers must use caution when pulling out into traffic from parking spots designated for motorcycles.
Unless specifically specified in a specific WMA, camping is limited to 14 consecutive days and must take place in an authorized camping area. Camps may not be left unattended for longer than 48 hours. Some WMAs do have additional regulations regarding camping; consult the management plan for details.
If you wish to stay in an unauthorized campground, then you should check with local authorities as to whether it is legal to do so. Many places that offer campgrounds as a service have rules prohibiting tents from being used as a form of payment. If in doubt, always check with local officials before pitching your tent in an unknown location.
WMAs are allowed by law to limit the number of campsites available at any given time. When a WMA reaches its capacity, new applications can't be considered. If you want to make sure you get into the next season's tour, you will need to get there early. Some years there are up to five months between the last tour ended and the next one starts.
Some areas may also require a permit from either the state or federal government. The requirements vary by region but usually involve some type of documentation or fee. Before you pack your bags, make sure you know what laws apply in the states where you'll be staying.