Car camping pilot program gets green light in Roseburg

The city is now accepting applications from property owners who would like to participate in the temporary program aimed to help the homeless.

Posted: Nov 12, 2020 5:44 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – A pilot program allowing overnight vehicle camping in city limits has been approved by the Roseburg City Council.

The move intends to address the homeless situation in the community. City officials said the council identified car camping, which is allowed in other Oregon cities, as a way to help.

“We looked at what other cities were doing in regard to vehicle camping and found a great program from the City of Salem,” says Stuart Cowie, Community Development Director. “The program would require private property owners to apply through the City, and meet certain criteria in order to participate. For instance, a staff person or volunteer must be present overnight, adequate restroom facilities need to be provided, and other requirements are the responsibility of the property owner.”

A maximum of three locations will be allowed in the city, and no more than six cars may be served at a location.

Some of the requirements for a car camping site are the following

  • Each property must be operated by a non-profit, public, or commercial entity, and not located within or adjacent to a residential zone or property currently used for residential use.
  • Daily hours of operation are limited to 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • The property owner may not charge a fee for the use of the property for camping.
  • Camping is limited to vehicles only, and not tents or other improvised camps.
  • Each property owner must provide one 32-gallon garbage container per vehicle on the premises.
  • Each vehicle camping site must be located on a paved surface within an established parking lot.
  • All vehicles within each camping location must be licensed and registered.

Find the full list of rules here.

Property owners who want to participate can download the application here and return it to

The pilot program expires Nov. 30, 2021.

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