City of Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Saratoga Springs 9-18-2007.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 126.
Costs of summary remediation — See Ch. 175.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 203.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 217, Temporary Storage Containers, adopted 4-19-2005, as amended.

§ 217-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
STORAGE CONTAINER
Any portable container, receptacle, or device of a type commonly used for the temporary storage of personal property, garbage, rubbish, refuse, construction debris, or other materials. The term shall include, but not be limited to, trailers, shipping containers, and dumpsters.

§ 217-2 Authority of Code Administrator.

The Code Administrator is hereby authorized to issue licenses for storage containers pursuant to this chapter. The Code Administrator shall provide forms for applicants and shall have the authority to revise or amend said forms at any time.

§ 217-3 License required; application.

A. 
Every person, firm, corporation, or legal entity who wishes to place a storage container at any location within the City of Saratoga Springs shall be required to obtain a license therefor from the Code Administrator in any of the following circumstances:
(1) 
When the container is manufactured and designed to be transported, serviced, and/or manipulated by motorized or mechanical apparatus, except when such container is designed exclusively for frequent curbside pickup as part of a residential use.
(2) 
When the container is placed in whole or in part on public property.
(3) 
When the container is placed on private property for more than three months. (Containers placed at locations for less than three months must be reported and registered with the Office of Code Administration.)
B. 
Obtaining said license shall be the responsibility of the person, firm, corporation or legal entity that owns or occupies the premises on which the container is to be placed, or any person, firm, corporation or legal entity engaged in the business of providing storage containers.
C. 
Application for such license shall be made on forms provided by the Code Administrator. Each application shall state:
(1) 
The name, address and phone number of the applicant, and, if the applicant is engaged in the business of providing storage containers, the name, address, and phone number of the person, firm, corporation or legal entity to whom each container will be provided.
(2) 
If the applicant is an agent, the name, address and phone number of the person, firm, corporation or legal entity that he or she represents.
(3) 
The area or areas within the City where the applicant wishes to place one or more storage containers.
(4) 
A detailed description of each storage container applied for, including each container's height, weight, square footage, length, and width.
(5) 
The location of each proposed storage container, including a drawing or map showing the location of nearby buildings, sidewalks, streets, alleys, and other public ways.
(6) 
The period of time each storage container shall remain in place.
(7) 
Any other information as may be required by the Code Administrator to properly and adequately review the application.
D. 
Each application shall be accompanied by the required license fee.
E. 
The Code Administrator shall have the authority to reject any application that presents, in his or her judgment, a dangerous or hazardous situation to any person or persons or to the public. In rejecting any such application, the Code Administrator shall state the reasons for rejection.
F. 
Any person, firm, corporation or legal entity engaged in the business of providing storage containers shall contain proof that the applicant has in effect commercial general liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate, naming the City of Saratoga Springs as additional insured. Each applicant shall also execute a hold harmless agreement indemnifying the City against loss, including costs and expenses, resulting from injury to person or property as a direct or indirect result of his or her enterprise.
G. 
Every person, firm, corporation or legal entity engaged in the business of providing storage containers shall file a letter in the Office of Code Administration indicating its business office and telephone number, and shall inform the Office of Code Administration of the locations of all storage containers he or she provides that are subject to permit under this chapter.

§ 217-4 Placement on public property.

Any application to place a storage container in any public street, sidewalk, highway, public place, or public way, or on any property owned by the City of Saratoga Springs may be referred to the Department of Public Works for comments and recommendations. The Commissioner of Public Safety shall have authority to impose such restrictions and/or modifications on the application that will, in his or her judgment, reasonably protect the said public street, sidewalk, highway, public place, public way or property. The Commissioner of Public Safety shall state reasons for any such restriction and/or modification.

§ 217-5 License fees.

The following fees shall be required for licenses issued under this chapter:
Category
Fee
Containers placed no longer than 3 months
None
Each container placed 3 months or more
$5 per month
Each container placed annually
$60
Surcharge for each storage container placed on public property
$25

§ 217-6 Restrictions.

The delivery, removal and servicing of storage containers shall only be conducted between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. in all residential and commercial areas.

§ 217-7 Issuance of licenses; contents.

A. 
Upon a finding that all requirements under this chapter have been met, the Code Administrator may issue a license to the applicant. The Code Administrator shall have the authority to impose reasonable conditions upon the placement and/or use of any storage container.
B. 
Each license shall contain a statement that the licensee shall authorize the City of Saratoga Springs, and/or its officials, representatives, and employees, to remove the licensed storage container or containers, without notice to the licensee, in any event of public emergency.
C. 
Any license may be amended or renewed upon proper application to the Code Administrator.

§ 217-8 Removal; penalties for offenses.

A. 
The Code Administrator may cause any storage container placed in violation of this chapter or in violation of the terms of any issued license to be removed. Such removal may be effected without notice when the Code Administrator determines, in his or her sole discretion, that the container presents an imminent danger or hazard to a person or persons or to the public. The Code Administrator shall, to the extent practicable, notify the licensee of the container to be removed. If the licensee cannot be located despite reasonable efforts, or if the licensee fails or refuses to remove the container within a reasonable time, the Code Administrator shall have authority to remove the container, and may cause such removed container to be discarded or destroyed or sold at public auction.
B. 
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalty set down in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III of the Code.