Township of Elk, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Elk 4-1-2010 by Ord. No. O-2010-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Unified development — See Ch. 96.

§ 50-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the "Campground Licensing Ordinance of Elk Township."

§ 50-2 Definitions.

The terms in this chapter shall have the same meaning as those defined in § 96-5.

§ 50-3 License required.

No owner/operator shall lease a campsite or otherwise operate a campground within the Township of Elk without first having obtained a license under this chapter.

§ 50-4 Permanent camping units prohibited.

From the effective date of this chapter forward, no campground shall permit the assembling of any permanent camping unit upon its lands, nor shall any person live at the campground between December 1 and March 14 each year.

§ 50-5 License applications.

A. 
Each year, on or before May 1, every person seeking to operate any campground wholly or partially situate in the Township of Elk shall file an application for a license permitting one year's operation.
B. 
The application shall be verified by affidavit of the owner or managing agent of the campground and shall include the following:
(1) 
The name, address, business phone number and lot and block designation of the campground.
(2) 
The name, address, and business phone number of the owner or managing agent designated as the manager of the campground.
(3) 
The name, permanent address and phone number of each person (camper) leasing a campsite in the campground.
(4) 
An indication of whether there is a permanent dwelling unit on the property for the owner or manager and his or her family, and if so the location of the unit.
(5) 
The total number of campsites present on the site as of the date of the application, the number of preexisting year-round permanent camping units that have been accorded nonconforming status by the Elk Township Land Use Board, and the location of the campsite upon which each permanent camping unit is located.
(6) 
An attachment including a complete survey map of the campground showing all campsites, permanent structures and improvements and the document by which the campground has received municipal land use approval to operate, or in the case of a subsequent application, either a statement that there have been no changes in campsites, permanent structures or improvements since the last application or attachment of the resolution granting approval of any changes as required by Chapter 96, Unified Development Ordinance.
(7) 
The total number of campsites and camping units of any nature that an applicant wishes to be permitted to be used during the year.

§ 50-6 Form and term of license.

Licenses shall be in the form of a letter, signed by the Clerk of the Township, stating that the applicant campground is entitled to operate in accordance with its application for the period May 15 of the current year until May 15 of the following year.

§ 50-7 License renewal.

A. 
Applications for license renewal shall be submitted 45 days prior to the date established in § 50-5A.
B. 
No license renewal shall be granted if property taxes are in arrears.
C. 
No license renewal shall be granted if there exist any violations of this chapter.

§ 50-8 General standards governing campgrounds.

All existing and new campgrounds shall conform to the requirements of the Unified Development Ordinance, specifically § 96-79E.

§ 50-9 Rules governing operation.

Campgrounds shall be open to members of the general public for temporary recreational camping and not for residential use. No person shall permanently occupy or establish residence at any campsite, including those equipped for year-round use. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the occupants of the owner or manager's residence. Uses of campsites not in accordance with this subsection shall result in the following:
A. 
The campground owner shall immediately exclude from the campground any person attempting to use the campsite as a permanent residence.
B. 
The campground owner shall be liable, upon conviction, to pay a penalty of not more than $500, and the person attempting to use a campsite as a residence shall be liable, upon conviction, to pay a penalty of not more than $250 for the first offense and $500 for each additional offense. Each day the violation continues shall be considered a separate offense punishable by a like penalty.

§ 50-10 Inspections; submission of reports.

A. 
Within 15 days of the filing of an application and prior issuance of a license, the inspecting officer or officers as hereinafter described shall inspect the premises and verify the accuracy of the application in all respects and report to the Clerk as to the accuracy of the application and whether the campground conforms to the document filed granting municipal approval for operation. If the inspection reveals inaccuracies in the application or the nonconformance with proper municipal approvals, no license shall be issued until such inaccuracies or nonconformities have been corrected. The inspector shall submit a copy of any report showing inaccuracies or nonconformance to the manager of the campground simultaneously with submission to the Clerk.
B. 
The inspecting officer or officers shall make at least one other inspection of each campground during October of each calendar year and report any inaccuracies or nonconformance to the Clerk and campground manager for correction prior to the next yearly application.

§ 50-11 Inspecting officers.

The Construction Code Official, Fire Official and the Zoning Officer are the designated inspecting officers empowered to do all inspecting required or permitted under this chapter.

§ 50-12 License fee.

Each campground shall pay an annual licensing fee in the amount of $1.50 per campsite authorized for use.

§ 50-13 Violations and penalties.

[Added 4-7-2011 by Ord. No. O-3-2011[1]]
A. 
For each and every violation of any provision of this chapter, the owner or general agent of the building or premises where such violation has been committed or shall exist, and the lessee, tenant or occupant of a building or premises where such violations have been committed or shall exist, or any other person who commits, takes part or assists in such violation shall, for each and every day that such violation continues, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine of not more than $2,000 and not less than $100; a period of community service not to exceed 90 days; or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Any remedy shall include the power to order removal of any offending structure, use or condition, and in default thereof, the power to assess penalties for each day the condition is not abated or the required removal is not completed.
B. 
In addition to the remedy or remedies hereinbefore provided, any person, persons, company or corporation violating this chapter or any provisions of a section thereof may be proceeded against by the Township of Elk by appropriate action or by proceeding in equity, or otherwise to enjoin any violation of this chapter, or to prevent and enjoin any threatened violation of this chapter.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former §§ 50-13 through 50-15 as §§ 50-14 through 50-16, respectively.

§ 50-14 Repealer.

All prior ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent with this chapter be and the same are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistencies.

§ 50-15 Severability.

Should any section, clause, sentence, phrase or provision of this chapter be declared unconstitutional or invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the remaining portions of this chapter.

§ 50-16 When effective.

This chapter shall take effect immediately upon final passage and publication in accordance with law.