OAKLEY -- Residents who put out-of-town guests up in a recreational vehicle no longer will need a permit. But then they haven't been requesting them anyway.

Oakley City Council decided Tuesday to do away with the requirement that guests obtain a permit from the police department to live up to one week in an RV on their host's property.

The agency asked the council to eliminate the rule because no one can recall anyone ever asking for a permit, said Special Counsel Bill Galstan.

It makes more sense simply to respond to whatever complaints arise about people occupying RVs in residential areas for more than seven days, he said.

Noting that the permits don't generate fees for the city anyway, Mayor Kevin Romick agreed that he'd rather have enforcement be complaint-driven.

Galstan acknowledged that requiring visitors to have a permit makes it easier for a code enforcement officer summoned to the property because the paperwork will show when the seven-day period started. But Councilman Randy Pope pointed out that even without a permit to refer to, an officer could prevent RVs from becoming extended-stay hotels by warning occupants that they must be out in seven days.

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