Town of Barnstable, MA
Barnstable County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Barnstable 3-2-1937, approved 3-18-1937 (Art. VII of Ch. III of the General Ordinances as updated through 7-7-2003). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Inspection of wires — See Ch. 68, Art. I.

§ 217-1 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, certain words and phrases are defined, and certain provisions shall be construed, as herein set out, unless it shall be apparent from their context that a different meaning is intended:
CAMP COTTAGE
Construed to mean any building or structure, house car, camp car, or auto-trailer, used for, or adaptable to use for, living quarters.
TOURIST CAMP AND PARK SITE
Any place where two or more camp cottages are located, or any premises designed or intended for the purpose of supplying to the public a location for a camp cottage.
UNIT DEFINED
A section of ground in any tourist camp used, or designed for use, as a location for a single camp cottage.

§ 217-2 Permission of Town Manager required.

No tourist camp or park shall be permitted to be located on any land, park or beach land owned or controlled by the Town of Barnstable except as permitted by the Town Manager.

§ 217-3 Camp cottages restricted to tourist camps; area requirements.

[Amended 3-6-1956, approved 5-15-1956]
It shall be unlawful to locate or use as living or sleeping quarters any camp cottage on any premises other than those contained within a tourist camp duly permitted and maintained pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, or to permit the same to be done on any premises. No unit shall contain less than 600 feet in area, and no unit shall be permitted to accommodate more than one camp cottage.

§ 217-4 Tourist camp permit; fees.

It shall be unlawful for any person to establish or maintain, or to permit to be established or maintained upon any property owned or controlled by him, a tourist camp in the Town of Barnstable, unless there exists a valid permit therefor granted and existing in compliance with the provisions of this chapter and of the ordinances of the Town of Barnstable. The application for such permit shall be accompanied by plans of the proposed tourist camp, showing the location of all buildings, driveways, toilet facilities, showers, laundry facilities, slop sinks and other improvements. Public notice of the application for permit shall be given by the Town Manager and the same procedure followed out as applicable to conversion of lands from residential to business uses as set forth under Chapter 240, Zoning, of the Code of the Town of Barnstable. A permit fee as provided in Chapter 76, Fees, Article II, Schedule of Fees, per tourist camp shall be charged before any such permit shall be issued, and a renewal fee shall be paid each year during existence of such permit, and in the said amount as provided in the Schedule of Fees, per tourist camp maintained within the tourist camp.

§ 217-5 Plumbing and sanitary requirements.

A. 
Every permanent camp cottage that is maintained within a tourist camp unit shall be improved and provided with at least one toilet, one bathtub or shower, one wash basin and one kitchen sink.
B. 
All tourist camp units which are not improved with permanent structures for living quarters shall be provided with a minimum, for each six, of one toilet and one bathtub or shower for every 10 units. Such toilets and urinals shall be not more than 200 feet removed from the unit served by them. A two-compartment laundry tub, a slop sink, and a wash basin, with running water, shall be provided for every eight units or fraction thereof.
C. 
All plumbing work shall be in compliance with plumbing regulations and ordinances of the Town of Barnstable, and subject to inspection by the Inspector of Plumbing of the Town.
D. 
No dry or chemical closets shall be installed or used within any tourist camp site, and all such closets shall be sealed while within the limits of the Town of Barnstable.
E. 
A sufficient number of tightly covered cans for garbage disposal shall be installed. Garbage so collected shall be deposited in the Town garbage disposal area at least twice in the week by the camp manager.
F. 
Every tourist camp and all structures therein shall be constructed and maintained at all times in a thoroughly sanitary condition.

§ 217-6 Electrical requirements and lights.

A. 
Every tourist camp shall be provided with adequate means of lighting the same by medium of electricity, provided that electrical service is available.
B. 
All electric wiring, distributing systems and equipment for distributing electricity in said tourist camps shall be subject to the provisions in all laws relating thereto of Chapter 68, Electrical Standards, Article I, Inspection of Wires. If in the opinion of the Inspector of Wires and the Town of Barnstable he shall deem it to be the best interests of public safety and welfare, all or any part of any electric system may be by him required to be placed underground.
C. 
Lights shall be provided at all toilets and baths and shall be kept lighted from 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise.

§ 217-7 Record of guests.

Every tourist camp shall maintain a manager in charge thereof. Such manager shall require all tourists or other persons using such tourist camp to register in a book kept for that purpose. He shall also keep a record of the name, address and car license number of each occupant of such tourist camp, which record shall at all times be open to inspection by the Police Department.

§ 217-8 Limitation on residence.

It shall be unlawful for any person, except the manager and his bona fide employees, to remain or live in any tourist camp for more than 90 days in any six-month period, and it shall be unlawful for any tourist camp permittee or his agent to permit any person to remain in the tourist camp under the control of such permittee or his agent longer than the period herein allowed.

§ 217-9 Fire prevention regulations.

There shall be maintained at all times in every tourist camp at least one approved fire extinguisher for every five units. Cooking and heating equipment installed in a tourist camp shall have the approval of the Chief of the Fire Department of the Fire District wherein such tourist camp is located, before such equipment shall be put to use.

§ 217-10 Exemptions.

[Amended 3-27-1973, approved 7-29-1974]
This chapter shall not apply to Sandy Neck or to properties in use at the time of its adoption.

§ 217-11 Rules and regulations.

The Town Manager of the Town of Barnstable shall have the power to promulgate rules and regulations for the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, and for the purpose of insuring the maintenance of tourist camps and structures therein in a manner compatible with public health and safety.