Summary of General Requirements for Manufactured Home Parks: Manufactured Home Parks and Recreational Camping Areas:Environmental Health - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Manufactured Home Parks and Recreational Camping Areas
Summary of General Requirements for Manufactured Home Parks


  • Manufactured home means a structure, transportable in one or more sections, which in the traveling mode, is eight body feet or more in width or 40 body feet or more in length, or, when erected on site, is 320 or more square feet, and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities, and includes the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical systems contained therein.

  • Manufactured home park (MHP), means any site, lot, field or tract of land upon which two or more occupied manufactured homes are located, either free of charge or for compensation, and includes any building, structure, tent, vehicle, or enclosure used or intended for use as part of the equipment of the manufactured home park. Manufactured home park does not include manufactured homes, buildings, tents or other structures temporarily maintained by any individual or company on the premises associated with a work project and used exclusively to house labor or other personnel occupied with the work project.

  • For information on manufacturers' for Minnesota, seals, certifications, and plan review see Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry: Manufactured Structures.


Manufactured homes and other structures in manufactured home parks (MHP) must meet spacing requirements.  The following list provides spacing requirements.

  • Three feet between a manufactured home and the side lot lines of the MHP.

  • 10 feet between a manufactured home and public street or alley.

  • 10 feet between the sides of adjacent manufactured homes and structures physically attached to the manufactured home.

  • Three feet between manufactured homes parked end to end.

  • Each manufactured home site must face or be next to a driveway or clear unoccupied space at least 16 feet wide. That space must have unobstructed access to a public highway, street, or alley.

  • Space between the manufactured homes may be used for parking vehicles and other property not attached to the manufactured home.

Water Supply

  • The water supply system must meet all applicable Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) requirements for public water supplies (Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4720) and water wells (Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4725).

  • A minimum supply of 150 gallons per day for each manufactured home shall be provided.

  • Minimum water riser pipe size is 3/4 inch; water riser and sewer riser must be constructed of approved materials and separated by at least 10 feet.

  • All plumbing mu st be installed in accordance with the Minnesota Plumbing Code, Chapter 4715.

Sewage Disposal

  • All sewage and waste water must be discharged into an approved municipal sewage system if one is available or an individual on site sewage treatment system that meets the requirements of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency rules Chapter 7080, and any applicable local codes.

  • Each manufactured home site shall have a 4 inch minimum diameter sewer riser pipe. The sewer riser must be capped when a site is not occupied by a manufactured home. Surface drainage must be directed away from the riser, the riser pipe must extend at least 4 inches above ground elevation.

Storm Shelters

  • A MHP with less than ten manufactured homes must provide a plan for the evacuation and sheltering of the residents of the park in times of severe weather such as tornadoes, high winds, or floods. The shelter or evacuation plan must be developed with the assistance and approval of the municipality where the park is located. The shelter or evacuation plan must be conspicuously posted in the park and the park owner must provide each resident with a copy of the approved shelter or evacuation plan.

  • A MHP with ten or more manufactured homes, licensed prior to March 1, 1988 must provide an approved shelter or an approved evacuation plan for the residents of the park in times of high winds or tornadoes. The shelter or evacuation plan must be approved by the municipality. The municipality may require the park owner to construct a shelter if it determines that a safe place of shelter is not available within a reasonable distance from the park. A copy of the municipal approval and the plan must be submitted by the park owner to the department of health. The park owner must provide each resident with a copy of the approved shelter or evacuation plan.

  • A MHP with ten or more homes receiving a primary license after March 1, 1988 must provide a storm shelter which meets the minimum standards specified by the commissioner of administration. MHPs established as temporary emergency housing in a disaster area declared by the President of the United States or the governor may provide an approved evacuation plan in lieu of a shelter for a period not exceeding 18 months.

General Requirements

  • An adequate number of fly-tight, watertight and rodent-proof containers must be provided for all garbage and refuse. Garbage must be collected for disposal as often as necessary to prevent nuisance conditions and at least once each week.

  • MHPs must be maintained free of accumulations of debris or material which may provide rodent harborage or breeding places for insect pests. Areas in MHPs must be maintained free of growths of noxious weeds.

  • All walkways, drives, and commonly used areas in MHPs must be provided with adequate night lighting.

  • Bottled gas cylinders must be firmly mounted in an upright position and must not be located within 5 feet of any manufactured home door.

  • Fuel oil storage tanks must be securely fastened in place and fuel oil tank stands must be constructed of a noncombustible material. Fuel oil tanks must be located at least 5 feet from any manufactured home exit.

  • Domestic animals or pets must not be allowed to run at large or cause any nuisances within a MHP. Any kennels, pens or other facilities provided for animals must be maintained in a sanitary condition.

  • A maximum speed limit of 10 miles per hour must be clearly posted throughout the MHP.
Updated Thursday, 04-Nov-2021 19:49:00 CDT