At Hipcamp, we connect private landowners with people looking for unique places to stay, camp, and get outside. Hosting on Hipcamp provides an opportunity to share your land with our community of nature lovers and earn extra income for your home expenses, property management, and dream projects.
To share your land with campers, it’s important to consider where they’ll go to the bathroom. One of the most common questions we get from potential Hosts: Do I need to provide a toilet? We’ve got answers. To help you figure out the best toilet situation for your property, check out our simple guide below..
All campsites listed on Hipcamp must have access to a toilet, whether provided by the Host or the Hipcamper. If the Host provides a toilet, it must be onsite with unrestricted access to Hipcampers. (Hosts offering sites with provided accommodations must provide a contracted portable toilet, a rustic toilet, or an advanced toilet. Basic transportable camp toilets do not suffice for Hosts providing accommodations.) If you’re unable to provide a toilet onsite, you have a few options.
If you go with either of these options, it’s important to set expectations and make this very clear to Hicampers in your toilet details and site descriptions. In your site details, indicate that a toilet is not available, meaning Hipcampers are required to be self-contained or bring their own. Read more about “pack it out” requirements from Leave No Trace.
Introducing Hipcamp Toilet Tiers! All Hosts must provide at least one toilet from the below tiers to Hipcampers. Hosts providing sleeping accommodations must provide at least one toilet from Tier B thorugh Tier E, as Tier A is prohibited in these circumstances.
Host or Hipcamper provides basic transportable camp toilet and associated supplies for the collection and containment of human excreta. Hipcampers are responsible for properly depositing collected excreta in onsite composting bins, onsite trash receptacles, or offsite trash receptacles, according to Host instructions.
RV Hipcampers are instructed to provide their own toilet associated with their vehicle. Hipcampers are responsible for proper off-site disposal unless Host provides disposal or is required to take responsibility for disposal by their jurisdiction.
Host provides portable toilet(s), and maintains service contract. Hosts shall arrange the number of toilets and frequency of servicing in a manner that maintains safe and sanitary conditions and provides ample toileting capacity.
Host provides enclosed structure equipped with at least one toilet. Host provides cleaning and servicing of commode and interior. Host is responsible for proper processing or disposal of excreta.
Host provides enclosed structure equipped with at least one toilet. Host provides cleaning and servicing of commode and interior. Host is responsible for disposal and processing of excreta. Structure provides safe and sanitary hand-washing amenities.
Toilets benefit everyone! Putting some revenue toward toilet structures can be a good investment because they attract more campers in the long run.
The most common permanent facilities Hosts provide include compost toilets, outhouses, and flush toilets, typically falling in Tier A, D, or E. These come in all shapes and sizes, with many Hosts getting pretty creative when it comes to bathrooms. Here’s some inspiration:
Hipcamp maintains a set of Toilet Standards all Hosts are required to meet. Review them here. Important highlights include:
Have more questions about adding a toilet to your land? Check out the full Hipcamp toilet policy below, or get in touch with our team here.
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