Town of Southold, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Southold as indicated in article histories. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 280.
[Adopted 6-30-1953]

§ 253-1 Definitions.

For the purposes of this article, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
AUTOMOBILE TRAILER or HOUSE CAR
Any vehicle used as sleeping or living quarters which is or may be mounted on wheels and is or may be propelled either by its own power or by another power-driven vehicle to which it may be attached.
BOARD OR DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Any such board or department established pursuant to the laws of the State of New York and entrusted with the regulation, control and supervision of matters pertaining to and affecting the public health in the Town of Southold.
[Amended 9-24-1958]
CAMP COTTAGE
Any small building, of whatever material constructed, having not less than 100 nor more than 450 square feet of enclosed floor area and used as living or sleeping quarters and constructed and equipped only for seasonal occupancy.
[Amended 11-9-1971]
TOURIST CAMP
Any lot, piece or parcel of ground where two or more tents, tent houses, camp cottages, house cars or trailers used as living or sleeping quarters are or may be located, said camp being operated for or not for compensation.
UNIT
Any section or plot of ground upon which is erected any tent, tent house or camp cottage and/or for the accommodation of each automobile trailer or house car.

§ 253-2 Permit required.

[Amended 9-24-1958; 2-14-2012 by L.L. No. 3-2012]
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, firm, association, corporation or copartnership to establish, maintain or operate within the limits of the Town of Southold any tourist camp on any location or plot of ground for use of transients by the day, week, month or season, whether a charge is or is not made, who does not possess a permit from the Department of Health and the Town Board of the Town of Southold. The permit issued by the Town Board shall be subject to approval pursuant to Chapter 236, Stormwater Management, and shall not be transferable or assignable and may be revoked for cause by such Board after a hearing.

§ 253-3 Application; site plan.

[Amended 9-24-1958]
Any person or persons, firm, association, corporation or copartnership hereafter applying for a permit and/or license to establish and operate a tourist camp must first file with the Town Clerk a complete plan of the proposed camp. This plan, with the legal description of the property shown, shall be drawn to scale and must clearly show the extent and area to be used for camp purposes. All proposed roadways and/or driveways, method of sewage disposal, plan for water supply and lighting, and each proposed location or site for tents, tent houses, camp cottages and/or trailers or camp cars must be shown on such plan.

§ 253-4 Fees; public hearing.

[Amended 4-14-1958]
A. 
Each application for a permit shall be accompanied by a fee of $10 for each unit or $200, whichever is greater.
[Amended 11-9-1971]
B. 
Upon receipt of an application for a permit provided in this chapter, the Town Clerk shall cause a notice of public hearing thereon, specifying the time and place thereof, to be published once in a newspaper published in the Town at least 10 days before the day of the hearing.

§ 253-5 Site requirements.

All land used as a tourist camp shall be located on well-drained sites of ample size, free from heavy or dense growth of brush or weeds. The land shall be free from marsh and shall be graded to ensure rapid drainage during and following rain.

§ 253-6 Water supply.

Each site used as a tourist camp shall be provided with an ample and adequate supply of water of safe and sanitary quality, approved by the Board of Health. Where water from sources other than that of the municipal supply is proposed to be used, the sources of supply shall first be approved by the Board of Health.

§ 253-7 Garbage collection; sewer system.

Each tourist camp shall be provided with safe and adequate provision for the collection and removal of garbage[1] and shall provide a proper and acceptable sewer system either by connection to a municipal sewer system, where such is available, or to septic tanks, all of which shall comply fully with all laws, ordinances and/or requirements prescribed by the Board of Health.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 233, Solid Waste.

§ 253-8 Minimum unit dimensions.

[Amended 11-9-1971]
Each unit in any tourist camp upon which a tent, tent house, trailer or house car is erected or placed, and each unit in any tourist camp upon which a camp cottage is hereafter erected or placed, shall be not less than 50 feet by 100 feet in area, clearly defined by markers in each corner.

§ 253-9 Distance between cottages and other buildings or trailers.

[Amended 11-9-1971]
No cottage hereafter erected or placed upon a site shall be less than 30 feet distant from any other building or trailer.

§ 253-10 Distance from property lines and roadways.

[Amended 11-9-1971]
No trailer, camp car or camp cottage shall be located on any site where there is less than 30 feet between the trailer or camp car and other buildings, trailers or camp cars included in the camp. With the exception of cottages previously placed or erected, no cottage, trailer or camp car shall be placed within 30 feet from the property or public highway line nor within 20 feet from any interior road or driveway.

§ 253-11 Roadways and driveways.

[Amended 11-9-1971]
A. 
Adequate roadways or driveways shall be provided and shall be so located that each unit of the camp is easily accessible thereto.
B. 
Said roadways or driveways shall be adequately lighted while such camp is occupied.
C. 
Such roadways or driveways shall be constructed to a minimum width of 24 feet, and the bed of such roadway or driveway shall be constructed in accordance with the Southold Town Highway Specifications as to base and surfacing.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 161, Highway Specifications.
D. 
All entrances to and exits from the camp shall be well marked and so arranged as to provide proper control and supervision.

§ 253-12 Management.

[Amended 9-24-1958]
Each tourist camp shall be under the direct management of the owner or licensee, or his agent or representative, for whose acts he or they shall be fully responsible. The names of the persons entrusted with the direct management of the camp shall be filed for reference with the Southold Town police.

§ 253-13 Records.

[Amended 9-24-1958]
Each tourist camp shall keep copies of all records pertaining to the management or supervision of the camp, which records shall be available for inspection.

§ 253-14 Duties of owner.

[Amended 11-9-1971]
A. 
It shall be the duty of the owner or his agent or manager to keep a register of all persons accommodated in the camp, said register to include the names of all persons, their home addresses and the registration number and description of their automobile or other vehicle.
B. 
It shall be the duty of the owner or his agent or manager:
(1) 
To provide a sewage disposal system and a potable water supply system for the tourist camp, approved by the Suffolk County Health Department.
(2) 
To provide for the collection and removal of garbage or other waste materials.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 233, Solid Waste.
(3) 
To prohibit the placing or storage of unsightly materials or vehicles within the camp.
(4) 
To provide at least one five-pound-capacity CO2 fire extinguisher, or the equivalent, approved by Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc., for each five units in the camp or trailer park, such fire extinguisher to be so located that each of the units will be within 250 feet of an extinguisher.
(5) 
To report to the Board of Health all cases of communicable diseases or suspected cases of communicable diseases affecting any occupant of the camp.
(6) 
To report immediately to the public authority all violations of law committed by any person or persons within the camp.
(7) 
To install and maintain a sufficient number of telephones as may be required by the Town Board.

§ 253-15 Entrances and exits; trespass on adjoining property.

Each tourist camp shall clearly indicate one or more entrances and exits, the use of which shall be enforced. Where it is established by complaint of adjoining property owners that their property is being trespassed upon by inmates of any tourist camp, it shall be the duty of the owners, manager or other person responsible to provide a fence or other effective barrier to ensure to such owners of adjoining property protection against trespassing.

§ 253-16 Screening by plantings.

[Amended 11-9-1971]
On every tourist camp or trailer camp, a suitable planting of shrubbery will be required to screen the trailer camp from public land and public highways and other areas as may be required. The planting shall be of such type and variety and so located as shall be approved by the Town Board.

§ 253-17 Other ordinances and regulations.

The provisions of this article shall be in addition to and supplementary to the provisions of all other ordinances of the Town of Southold, and where there is any conflict between the provisions of this article and any other ordinance, then the ordinance providing the stricter regulation shall prevail.

§ 253-18 Nonapplicability.

[Amended 4-14-1958]
This article shall not apply to any territory included within the Incorporated Village of Greenport.

§ 253-19 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 7-31-1973 by L.L. No. 1-1973; 1-16-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
A. 
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this article shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and additional offense hereunder.
B. 
In addition to the above-provided penalties, the Town Board may also maintain an action or proceeding in the name of the Town in a court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with or to restrain by injunction the violation of this article.
[Adopted 6-20-1978 by L.L. No. 4-1978]

§ 253-20 Definitions.

For the purposes of this article, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
CAMPSITE
A plot of ground within a recreational vehicle park intended for the accommodation of a tent for recreational and vacation uses.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
A portable vehicular unit designed and built to be used for temporary living quarters for recreational, camping or travel uses, which either has its own motive power or is mounted on or drawn by another power-driven vehicle, including travel trailers, motorized homes, pickup coaches and camping trailers, registered and licensed for normal use on the highways of the State of New York.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARK
A parcel of land under single ownership, designed and improved for the placement of tents and recreational vehicles as temporary living quarters for recreational or vacation uses.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE SITE
A plot of ground within a recreational vehicle park intended for the accommodation of a recreational vehicle.

§ 253-21 Site requirements.

Each recreational vehicle site and campsite shall be well-defined and permanently marked and shall meet the following requirements:
A. 
Each site shall have a minimum area of 2,500 square feet.
B. 
Recreational vehicles and tents placed upon a site shall have minimum front yard and side yard setbacks of 15 feet and a minimum rear yard setback of 10 feet.
C. 
The area of each site within five feet of the street or roadway shall at all times remain unoccupied and unobstructed.
D. 
Each site shall have a minimum of 50 feet frontage on a street or roadway.
E. 
A recreational vehicle or tent placed upon a site shall not occupy an area in excess of 15% of the total area of the site.

§ 253-22 Roadways and driveways.

A. 
All two-way roadways and driveways within the park shall be not less than 24 feet in width, and all one-way roadways and driveways shall be not less than 15 feet in width and shall be constructed in accordance with the Southold Town Highway specifications as to base, surfacing and drainage facilities.
B. 
There shall be at least one exterior two-way roadway or driveway extending around the perimeter of the park.

§ 253-23 Dates of operation; time limit for accommodation.

A. 
Recreational vehicle parks shall be in operation on a seasonal basis only, during the period from April 1 to November 30 in each year.
B. 
No recreational vehicle or tent shall be accommodated in a park for more than 30 days in any calendar year.
C. 
No recreational vehicle or tent shall be permitted to remain in a park during the period from December 1 to March 31 nor during any other period when such park is not in operation.

§ 253-24 Applicability of other chapter provisions.

The establishment, maintenance and operation of a recreational vehicle park shall comply with and be subject to all of the provisions of §§ 253-1 through 253-19, inclusive, of this chapter, not inconsistent with this Article II.