Proposal for new camping rules: The campers brought the light behind
NBCC has worked since 2013 to get a reasonable distance at campsites where insulated awnings are used. In the spring of 2019, there was finally a glad news from the political leadership of the Ministry of Local Government.
Distance 4 meters
The applicable distances, which include low buildings, including insulated awnings, according to Plan and the Building Act, must be 8-eight meters. There has always been a distance between the camping units of three to four meters. NBCC has, as I said, worked a long time to introduce a shorter and more reasonable distance than 8 meters. Then it was with great pleasure that there would now be a distance of 4-four meters between the camping units. When you study the consultation note, and proposals for new regulations, you are very puzzled.
Impossibly low altitude
An important point is the measurement method for measuring the maximum height of the camping unit. Here, the consultation proposal shows that the maximum height of 3,50 meters should be measured from the lowest point towards the ground to the highest point on the camping unit. With the Norwegian topography, everyone knows that the terrain is uneven, and that the platform that is also part of the camping unit is normally there to level the terrain. So if it is to be measured from the lowest point towards the ground to the highest point on the camping unit one can also assume that an open roof hatch, a satellite dish or other antenna can suddenly be included as the highest point. This will result in a practically impossibly low height of the camping unit. NBCC has specifically pointed out this point, but political leadership has not responded to this. NBCC's proposal for measuring method was that the maximum height of 3,50 meters should be measured from the underside of the floor structure to the highest ceiling point of the camping unit.
Normally, a regulatory change does not have retroactive effect. This is an extremely important element that was not mentioned in any of the documents that the Directorate for Construction Quality (DiBK) sent out to the Ministry of Local Government. This is to be presumed that this point was omitted when it was confirmed by questions to DiBK that the moment of retroactive effect should be introduced in this case. Namely, if / when the caravan / motorhome is removed from the campsite for any reason, a distance of 4 meters suddenly applies from the caravan / motorhome returns to a place where a distance of 3 meters has been practiced.
It will not be feasible to have this as a new practice. At that campsite, many neighbors will have to move in order for it to be four meters around the unit that has been out.
This is extremely unreasonable, and moreover, a good part of the infrastructure must be changed. This will incur extraordinary and very large expenses for campsite owners. It will in many cases be completely fatal and devastating for the campsite. The municipal minister said that only those who take their caravan / motorhome out of the place for whatever reason get a new place in the area. After all, the campsite owner does not have a lot of empty areas in case there is someone taking the caravan / motorhome out of the place.
Now it is the case that the Ministry has said that the matter will be set aside so that the campsites should be expanded. There is an opinion that there has been a prestige in the case where political leadership will not change the text so that it becomes sensible and feasible.
Hope in the hanging line
There is still hope that the ministry may find it sensible to turn around after listening to the input that has come from the entire camping industry and interest organizations such as NBCC.
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