Last week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill that eliminates the Department of Consumer and Business Services from regulating RVs.
Oregon Duplicative Compliance Seal Eliminated
With the enactment of this new law, the need to attach an additional and duplicative Oregon insignia of compliance or seal to RVs is eliminated and Oregon joins the vast majority of states which do not regulate the manufacturing of RVs.
Removes Requirement For PMRV Manufacturers To Use Licensed Plumbers And Electricians
Additionally, the new law removes the requirement for PMRV manufacturers in the state of Oregon to use licensed plumbers and licensed electricians to make installations and repairs. The bill, OR SB 410, takes effect January 1, 2020.
The changes the new law implements are common sense and help promote not only the national RV industry, but also the Oregon RV industry which contributed $4.3 billion in economic impact and supported almost 23,000 jobs in the state of Oregon.
Bill HB2333 Defines RVs And PMRVs As Vehicles
In addition to SB 410, another bill, OR HB 2333, was passed unopposed by the Oregon state legislature. This bill defines RVs and PMRVs as vehicles under the regulation of the Oregon Department of Transportation. HB 2333 is awaiting signature from Governor Brown and we expect this to happen in the coming days or weeks.
OR SB 410
Eliminates Department of Consumer and Business Services regulation of recreational vehicle construction.
Relating to recreational vehicles.
Allows option to obtain title, but not registration, from Department of Transportation for recreational vehicle qualifying as park model recreational vehicle and meeting other criteria.
Back Story Oregon Titling Park Models
Building Codes Division rule clarifies titling of recreational park trailers (“tiny houses on wheels”)June 06, 2018
SALEM – The Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD), in cooperation with Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services (DMV), filed an administrative rule June 1, 2018, to help provide a mechanism for recreational park trailer (tiny houses on wheels) manufacturers to obtain an ownership document from DMV.
The new rule defines a “recreational park trailer” as:
• A single living unit that is primarily designed and completed on a single chassis, mounted on wheels, to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or other seasonal use;
Is certified by the manufacturer as complying with a nationally recognized standard for the construction of recreational vehicles; and
• Has a gross trailer area not exceeding 400 square feet in the setup mode.
“We believe this rule will help provide clarity for manufacturers and allow an unfettered path to titling these types of recreational vehicles in Oregon,” said Mark Long, Building Codes Division administrator.
BCD filed the rule change after learning its attempt to deregulate this important emerging industry inadvertently affected the eligibility for tiny houses on wheels to apply for a vehicle title.
Under the new rule, DMV will be able to issue a title for recreational park trailers and file the ownership information in its records. Recreational park trailers may be moved in the following ways:
Shipping by a commercial moving company
• Vehicle trip permit from DMV –http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/vehicle/trippermit.aspx
• Over-dimension permit from the Motor Carrier Transportation Division if the load is more than 8.5 feet wide – http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/Pages/Over-Dimensio…
DMV is currently informing staff at its 60 field offices and headquarters processing center to start accepting title applications for recreational park trailers.
Any time you need to visit a DMV office, first check www.OregonDMV.com to find office hours and locations, and to make sure you have everything you need before your visit. You also can do some DMV business from home at OregonDMV.com.
The Building Codes Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency.
Brett Salmon, stakeholder outreach/public affairs
Building Codes Division
David House, DMV/Motor Carrier Public Affairs