RCV Spacing & Aitkin County Ordinances and Permits

As the season grows closer, I am sure many of you are itching to get to the lake.  Some of you may be buying new campers, planning some landscaping, possibly building a deck, or putting in a new shed.

In the case of some of our new seasonal renters you may be moving in for the first time.  Welcome to Hickory Lake!

With all this in mind, here is information regarding obtaining permits from Aitkin County for potential projects as well as a guide to spacing of your recreational camping vehicle (RCV).  A couple of things I will point out:

  • Your shed and deck are considered part of your RCV by Aitkin County.
  • Even though HLCCA has a setback of two feet from the property line, the ordinance states you must be ten feet away from another RCV (so you may have to plan for 8′ of space at the edge of your property line).
  • There is a ten foot setback from the road.
  • If you own or rent property on the outside boundary of HLC, there is a 30′ setback.

When in doubt, before moving or constructing anything, contact Aitkin County (information below as well as on the Aitkin County Information page of this site).  A quick five minute phone call could save yourself a huge headache down the road.


Jim A

Aitkin County Information


Prior to submitting a permit application to the county please submit the Request for Lot Alterations to the board for approval.

Aitkin County has now put their permit applications online.  Please follow the link below to begin your application for a deck, shed, or other alterations that may require county approval.  If in doubt on whether you need a permit, please contact the Aitkin County Planning and Zoning Department.


Aitkin County Planning & Zoning / Environmental Services
209 2nd Street NW, Room 100
Aitkin, MN  56431
Phone:  218-927-7342

Local & County Ordinances and Other Information

Aitkin County Ordinances for RCA’s (Recreational Camping Areas) 

RCA (Recreational Camping Area) Spacing Aitkin County Fact Sheet

Aitkin County 2017 Update to Permit Process

Aitkin County Recreational Camping Areas Update 2019

Aitkin County 2019 Permit Fee Schedule

Aitkin County Online Permitting FAQ

Aitkin County Shoreland Homeowners Guide to Lake Stewardship