Township of Florence, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Florence 12-21-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-12 as Ch. 130 of the 1983 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals — See Ch. 41.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 64.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 76.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 79.
Housing — See Ch. 87.
Land development — See Ch. 91.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 116.
Payment of taxes prior to issuance of permit — See Ch. 129, Art. II.
Water and sewers — See Ch. 140.

§ 131-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PERSON
Includes natural persons, partnerships, corporations or other business associations.
TRAILER
Any vehicle used or constructed to be used as a conveyance upon public streets, whether self-propelled or otherwise, and so designed as to permit the occupancy thereof as a dwelling or sleeping place, and non-self-propelled vehicles of any kind or character constructed or intended to be moved under fuel power.
TRAILER CAMP
Any place, the owner of which permits trailers to be at rest for the purpose of enabling one or more persons to dwell or sleep therein, whether any fee or other compensation is required therefor or not.

§ 131-2 Parking restrictions for trailers; penalties.

A. 
No person shall park or cause any trailer to be parked upon any of the public streets, roads, parks or other publicly owned property in the Township of Florence for the purpose of enabling any person to enter therein or to depart therefrom or for the purpose of permitting any person to sleep or dwell therein or for an unreasonable length of time. Any person violating this subsection shall be liable to a fine as provided in § 131-11 of this chapter for each offense.
B. 
It shall be unlawful to park any trailer in any public street, road, highway or other thoroughfare in such manner as to cause or be likely to cause congestion or an impediment in the normal flow of traffic on said public street, road, highway or thoroughfare. Any person violating this subsection shall be liable to a fine as provided in § 131-11 of this chapter for each such offense.
C. 
No person shall park or cause any trailer to be parked in any trailer camp other than one licensed under the provisions of this chapter. Any person violating this subsection shall be liable to a fine as provided in § 131-11 of this chapter for each such offense. Each day that any trailer shall remain in any unlicensed trailer camp shall be deemed to be a distinct offense. This subsection shall not be construed to apply to any person keeping or parking a trailer upon his own land, whether he shall dwell in the same or not; provided, however, that such landowner used his land for the parking or keeping of his own trailer prior to the taking effect of this chapter.

§ 131-3 License required for trailer camps.

No person shall operate or maintain within the Township of Florence any trailer camp until he shall have first procured a license so to do in conformity with this chapter. This section shall not apply to any person parking or keeping a trailer upon his own premises, provided that he did so prior to the taking effect of this chapter. Each day that a violation of this section shall occur shall be deemed to be a distinct offense. Any person violating this section shall be liable to a fine as provided in § 131-11 of this chapter for each such offense.

§ 131-4 Trailer camp licenses.

A. 
Application and fees. All trailer camp licenses shall be issued only by the order of the Mayor and Council and upon written application therefor. The application shall be signed by the applicant and shall state the name and address of the owner of the premises; the name and address of the applicant; a description of the premises whereon or wherein it is proposed to conduct the trailer camp; a complete and truthful statement of the sewer, water, toilet and electrical facilities to be provided; and a statement of the maximum number of trailers to be accommodated in said trailer camp at any one time. Said application shall be accompanied by an inspection fee of $40, no part of which shall be rebated depending upon the outcome of said application. Also accompanying said application, the applicant shall deliver the license fee herein provided for; provided, however, that where a license shall be applied for which, if granted, will be valid for only a portion of the year, the applicant shall remit that portion of the license fee as shall be determined by multiplying one-twelfth ( 1/12) of the annual fee as fixed in this chapter by the number of months remaining in the year, including the month in which the application is made. All licenses shall expire at 12:00 midnight on December 31 of the year in which it is issued.
[Amended 4-16-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-16]
B. 
Investigations. Before any application for a trailer camp license shall be granted, the Mayor and Council shall cause an investigation to be made of the site sought to be used for a trailer camp and of the truth of the matters set forth in the application. Said investigation shall also include an inquiry as to whether the operation or maintenance of said trailer camp would be prejudicial to the health of the residents of the Township of Florence.
C. 
Revocation of license. Every such license shall be revocable upon notice to the licensee and after written charges have been preferred and a hearing held for any untruthful statement contained in said application or for any violation of this chapter or any other ordinance of the Township of Florence or for any violation of any law of the State of New Jersey or of the United States of America. Any such license may also be revoked for failure of the licensee to keep the trailer camp from becoming a public nuisance.

§ 131-5 Arrangement of camps.

Every trailer camp shall be laid out, maintained and arranged to provide unoccupied space of not less than 10 feet in length and 10 feet in width for each trailer, not including the area which the trailer shall occupy. All trailers shall be arranged in rows facing on a driveway or clear unoccupied space of not less than 10 feet in width, leaving and providing unobstructed access to the public street, road or highway.

§ 131-6 Dogs running at large prohibited.

No dogs shall be permitted to run at large at any trailer camp at any time.

§ 131-7 Promulgation of rules and regulations.

The Mayor and Council may, from time to time, by resolution, make, alter and revise reasonable rules and regulations for the governing of trailer camps and for the violation of which the licensee may suffer a suspension or revocation of his trailer camp license.

§ 131-8 Removal of wheels prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to remove the wheels of any trailer for the purpose of having said trailer remain in a trailer camp without wheels indefinitely. No trailer shall be permanently affixed to the ground.

§ 131-9 Design standards.

A. 
Toilets and sanitary facilities. Every licensee shall provide a separate toilet or washroom for men and another for women. Each shall be plainly marked and designated for the sex for whose use it is intended. There shall be provided at least one toilet for men and one toilet for women for each 15 trailers to be accommodated at any one time at said trailer camp. All toilets, bathrooms, showers and other facilities provided for the common use of trailer occupants shall be kept and maintained in a sanitary condition and a good state of repair.
B. 
Drainage. So much of any land as shall be used for the purposes of a trailer camp shall be kept well drained and graded so as to prevent unnecessary accumulation of storm- or casual water.
C. 
Water supply. Each licensee shall make available to the occupants of trailers parked within his trailer camp an adequate supply of pure water for drinking and domestic purposes, which water shall be obtained solely from faucets conveniently located in and about said camp.
D. 
Garbage disposal. Every licensee shall provide a sufficient number of adequate receptacles wherein the occupants of the trailers located in said trailer camp may deposit any kind of waste. He shall keep his premises and grounds in a clean and sanitary condition, free at all times from waste materials.
E. 
Lighting. Every trailer camp licensed under this chapter shall be reasonably lighted in the nighttime, and all washrooms and toilet rooms shall be kept lighted during the hours of darkness.

§ 131-10 Revocation of license for breach of health regulations.

All licenses issued by the authority of this chapter shall be revocable by the Mayor and Council for any breach by the licensee of any ordinance or regulation of the Board of Health of the Township of Florence.

§ 131-11 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-1-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-22]
Any person who shall make any unlawful statement in any application for a license under this chapter or who shall permit upon his premises more than the maximum number of trailers for which his trailer camp shall be licensed shall be liable to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days or to a period of community service not to exceed 90 days, or any combination thereof.

§ 131-12 License fee.

The annual license fee shall be that sum which is equivalent to the sum of $100 multiplied by the maximum number of trailers to be kept upon said premises at any one time, as stated in the application. Said annual license fee shall be divided into 12 equal parts and paid monthly, each monthly installment to be paid on the first of each month. Each trailer camp shall be limited to 15 trailers. No license shall be issued to any trailer camp which shall have more than 15 trailers.

§ 131-13 License to be displayed on premises.

Licenses granted by the Mayor and Council by virtue of this chapter shall be evidenced by certificates on forms prescribed by the Mayor and Council. Each licensee shall keep and prominently display his license on his premises while the same shall be in force.

§ 131-14 Official inspections.

Every application made for a license by virtue of this chapter shall, by implication, contain as one of its statements a consent that any official of the Township of Florence may, at any time, enter upon the trailer camp for the purpose of making an official inspection.

§ 131-15 Assignment of license.

All licenses granted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Florence may be assigned by the holder thereof, provided that said assignment has been approved by the Mayor and Council, and provided further that all provisions of this chapter have been fully complied with.