Borough of South River, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of South River as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 129.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 258.
Zoning — See Ch. 350.
[Adopted 10-12-1950 (Ch. 188, §§ 188-1, 188-2 to 188-16)]

§ 315-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
TRAILER or CAMP CAR or TRAILER COACH
Any vehicle, whether self-propelled or otherwise, used or intended for use as a conveyance upon the public streets or highways and so designed, constructed or reconstructed or added to by means of accessories in such manner as to permit the occupancy thereof as a dwelling or sleeping place for one or more persons or as living and business quarters combined, and having no foundation other than wheels, jacks or skirtings so arranged as to be integral with or portable by such trailer, camp car or trailer coach.
TRAILER CAMP OR COURT
An area devoted to or designed for the accommodation of more than two wheeled vehicles or portions thereof in use as or capable of use as residential facilities which are commonly known as "house trailers" or "auto trailers." No house trailer which has been rendered incapable of immediate removal to another site shall be considered a residential structure.
[Amended 2-9-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-6]
TRAILER COACH LOT
A unit of level, adequately drained ground of definite size, clearly indicated by corner markers, for the placing of a trailer coach or a trailer coach and tow car.

§ 315-2 Permit for trailer camp; fee.

A. 
It shall be unlawful within the Borough of South River for any person or persons to construct or operate a trailer camp without first securing a permit.
B. 
No trailer camp shall be operated within the Borough of South River except as provided for in this article.
C. 
The permit for the trailer camp shall be obtained from the Construction Official at an annual fee as provided in Chapter 155, Fees, as specified in the plan to be submitted, as provided in § 300-4B. Such plan, before the permit is issued, shall be reviewed by the Board of Adjustment. The foregoing permit shall not be valid unless it has been countersigned by the Borough Clerk and the aforesaid fee has been paid to the Borough Clerk.
[Amended 8-27-1953; 2-9-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-6]

§ 315-3 Application for trailer camp permit.

Each application for a trailer camp permit shall be in writing and shall state the following:
A. 
The name and address of the applicant.
B. 
The name and address of the owner of the premises.
C. 
The exact location of the proposed trailer camp, accompanied by a camp plan or map indicating the information required in § 300-4.
D. 
An agreement to comply with all provisions and regulations hereafter promulgated.
E. 
A resume of sewer, water and toilet facilities provided.
F. 
The maximum number of trailers or camp cars to be accommodated.
G. 
A statement of all other pertinent information which may be required.
H. 
The names of the attendants to be in active charge of the proposed trailer camp and their hours of duty.
I. 
An agreement by applicant that he will permit entry to the camp at any time during the day or night by an authorized police officer or health officer of the Borough of South River.

§ 315-4 Trailer camp plan.

A. 
The camp shall be located on a well-drained site suitable for the purpose and shall be adequately lighted at night.
B. 
The trailer coach camp shall provide a lot for each trailer coach, the boundaries of such lots to be indicated by corner markers, and each such lot shall have an area of not less than 1,000 square feet, with a minimum width of 25 feet and a minimum depth of 40 feet. Each trailer coach shall be located at least 10 feet from any building, at least as far from the building line as the nearest adjacent permanent buildings on the same lot, and at least five feet from the property line.
C. 
The camp plan required by § 300-3 shall provide a legal description and map clearly setting out the following information:
(1) 
The extent and area to be used for camp purposes.
(2) 
Driveways at entrances and exits, roadways and walkways.
(3) 
Location of lots for trailer coaches.
(4) 
Location and number of proposed sanitary conveniences, including proposed toilets and washrooms.
(5) 
Method and plan of sewage disposal.
(6) 
Method and plan of garbage removal.
(7) 
Plan of water supply.
(8) 
Plan of electric lighting.
D. 
Nothing herein contained shall be construed to permit the rental of space to more than 17 trailers in any trailer camp at any one time.
[Added 7-14-1958]

§ 315-5 Camp location restrictions.

Trailers or trailer camps shall be prohibited in residential zones as such zones are defined by Chapter 350, Zoning, of the Borough of South River; provided, however, that this provision shall not apply to any such trailers or trailer camps in existence in residential zones as of the date of the final passage of such ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Zoning Ordinance (Ch. 350 of the Code), adopted May 3, 1965, did not permit trailer camps in any districts. Thus, new camps may not be established under this article, and only existing camps may continue to operate as nonconforming uses. Original §§ 188-7, Water supply; 188-8, Toilets; 188-9, Bathing facilities; 188-10, Sewerage, which immediately followed this section, were deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 315-6 Garbage receptacles.

The camp shall provide supervision and equipment sufficient to prevent littering the ground with rubbish and debris. Flytight metal depositories with tight-fitting metal covers shall be conveniently located not farther than 200 feet from any trailer coach. Depositories shall be kept in sanitary condition at all times. Garbage and rubbish shall not be mixed.

§ 315-7 Registration records.

A. 
The camp shall keep a record of all guests, noting:
(1) 
Name and address of each occupant.
(2) 
The make, model and year of all automobiles and trailer coaches.
(3) 
State issuing such automobile and trailer coach licenses.
B. 
The camp shall keep a copy of the registry available for inspection at any time by any authorized person and shall not destroy the registry until the expiration of three years following the date of registration.
C. 
A copy of such registry shall be kept on file at police headquarters in the Borough Hall, and all entries and departures of trailers from trailer camps shall be noted therein by the camp proprietor within three days after the date thereof.
[Added 7-14-1958]

§ 315-8 Miscellaneous provisions.

A. 
Dogs shall not be permitted to run at large in any trailer camp at any time.
B. 
No permanent additions of any kind whatsoever shall be built onto or become a part of a trailer coach.
C. 
It shall be the duty of the camp attendant to notify immediately the Health Officer of the Borough of South River of any communicable diseases in the camp.

§ 315-9 Inspection prior to permit renewal.

Before any renewal of trailer coach camp permit, an inspection shall be made by the Construction Official of the Borough of South River to determine that all requirements of this article have been complied with.

§ 315-10 Revocation or suspension of permit.

A. 
The Health Officer of the Borough of South River shall have the authority to enter and inspect for health and sanitation purposes any facility licensed hereunder at any reasonable time.
B. 
If upon inspection it shall be found that the permit holder has violated any law of the State of New Jersey, the Health Officer or Chief of Police of the Borough of South River shall have the power to revoke or suspend any permit and order the trailer coaches removed from the facility or the trailer camp closed after notice and proper hearing.

§ 315-11 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 2-9-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-6]
Any person, firm or corporation violating or contributing in any way to the violation of this article or any part thereof shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, General Penalty, in the discretion of the Judge, and each day that the chapter is violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[Adopted 10-24-1985 by Ord. No. 1985-29 (Ch. 188, § 188-2, of the 1977 Code)]

§ 315-12 Parking certain vehicles.

It shall be unlawful for any person to park any of the following defined vehicles on any residential property in the Borough, except in accordance with the provisions of this section:
CAMPER
A separate vehicle designed for human habitation and which can be attached or detached from a pickup truck.
MOTOR HOME
A self-contained vehicle, designed for human habitation, with its own motive power, and with a passageway from the body of the home to the driver's and front passenger's seat.
TRAILER
A vehicle without motive power designed for carrying persons or property on its own structure and to be drawn by a vehicle with motive power. The term "trailer" shall include trailer coach, semitrailer, travel trailer or utility trailer.

§ 315-13 Parking area.

It shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle defined in § 315-12 of this article except in certain specified places as follows:
CARPORT
A detached or attached structure with a covered roof containing one or more parking spaces and open on one or more sides. A carport located upon a lot developed with a residential dwelling or dwellings serves a similar use as a private garage.
DRIVEWAY
A permanently surfaced area on a lot designed and required to provide direct access for vehicles between a street and a private garage, carport or other permitted parking space or parking area or loading area.
GARAGE, PRIVATE
A detached accessory building located upon a lot developed with a residential dwelling or dwellings (or a portion of a main residential building), used by the occupants resident upon the premises, principally for the storage of passenger vehicles and other vehicles and equipment permitted to be located upon the lot.
PARKING SPACE
A permanently surfaced area of not less than 180 square feet, either within a structure or in the open, excluding driveways or access drives, for the parking of a vehicle.

§ 315-14 Side and rear yards.

A. 
Any vehicle may be parked or stored within a side or rear yard parking and storage area, subject to the conditions and limitations set forth in this section.
B. 
No vehicle shall exceed in height the height regulations of the district applicable to the lot, determined as follows: If the parking area is located in an area of the lot where a principal building (dwelling) is allowed to be located (that is, in yard area not required pursuant to the regulations of Chapter 350, Zoning), but such building has not been extended into such area, then the height regulations applicable to such principal building shall apply to the vehicle, provided that such vehicle does not exceed the height of the existing dwelling. If the parking area is located elsewhere in the side or rear yard, the height regulation applicable to accessory buildings on the lot shall apply to the vehicle or equipment regardless of the location or height of any existing accessory building.
C. 
No vehicle or equipment shall be parked or stored within any distance and space between the vehicle and any door, window or other opening of the dwelling which provides light, air, entrance to or exit from the dwelling necessary to or serving the health, safety and general welfare of the occupants of the dwelling or lot. The distance and space to be maintained shall be five feet, determined by measurement from the nearest edge of each such opening to the nearest point of the vehicle or equipment.
D. 
The ground area of any such parking and storage area or if there is more than one such area, the total ground area of all such parking areas, shall not occupy more than 20% of the required rear yard area prescribed by the district and other regulations of Chapter 350, Zoning, applicable to the lot, provided that no part of the required rear yard of a through lot shall be occupied if the rear lot line abuts a street.
E. 
No vehicle or equipment shall be parked or stored in any part of the required street side yard of a corner lot prescribed in Chapter 350, Zoning, for the district and other regulations of Chapter 350 applicable to the corner lot.
F. 
No vehicle or equipment shall be parked or stored within five feet of the rear lot line or within three feet or 0.91 meter of the side lot line, provided that such distance or space clearance requirements shall not apply where a wall, of one-hour fire resistive material, is constructed on the lot line adjacent to the parking area or between the parking area and the lot line, the height of which shall equal the height limits for walls applicable at the location of such wall.

§ 315-15 Parking in driveways.

A. 
Any motor vehicle not exceeding 25 feet or 8.60 meters in length may be parked upon any driveway in accordance with the provisions of this section.
B. 
Any motor vehicle exceeding 25 feet in length may be parked upon any driveway only for the purposes of loading or unloading persons or property, and for a period not to exceed four hours.
C. 
Location restrictions.
(1) 
No vehicle shall be parked or stored within any part of a front yard, or street side yard, which is not a driveway. No vehicle shall be parked or stored in a manner such that a portion thereof overhangs any part of a front yard, or street side yard on a corner lot, which is not a driveway.
(2) 
Vehicles shall be parked, placed or stored on a driveway so that the side of such vehicle or equipment is substantially parallel to the edge of the driveway.
(3) 
No vehicle shall be parked or stored upon any part of a driveway, commencing at a front or side street lot line, extending into any side yard area beyond or behind the side of the principal building on the lot facing the street from which the driveway commences.
(4) 
No vehicle shall be parked or stored upon a driveway commencing at a rear lot line (on a through lot), unless such driveway provides the sole vehicular access to the lot, in which event parking or storage in any part of such driveway extending into any side yard area shall be subject to the limitations on driveways commencing at a front or side street lot line. Subject to the foregoing limitations of this subsection applicable to side yard parking, if the driveway extends beyond and outside the required front yard, or street side yard on a corner lot, or rear yard (on a through lot), vehicles parked or stored on such driveway shall be parked or stored outside such required yard area to the extent physically possible.
(5) 
No vehicle shall be parked or stored on any sidewalk or other area of the street at the entrance of the driveway to the lot, except to the extent that it is necessary to temporarily leave a vehicle standing in such area in order to open or close a door or other enclosure to a garage, carport or parking area on the lot, or to accomplish other similar necessary actions incidental to the ingress or egress of the vehicle to or from the lot, provided that any such temporary standing of a vehicle in any such area of the street is not a hazard to pedestrians, motorists or vehicles on the street and is not in violation of any traffic or street parking regulation imposed pursuant to the zoning or vehicle code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 350, Zoning, and Ch. 193, Vehicles and Traffic.

§ 315-16 Screening of parking areas.

A. 
Any vehicle parked or stored within a carport or parking area located in a side or rear yard shall be effectively screened from adjacent lots and streets by a fence, wall, gate, door, hedge, trees, other plant material, landscaping or a combination of such items. Any trees planted for such purpose shall be a minimum five-gallon size of a species which has a recognized rapid capacity for growing dense foliage and for growing to a height of 12 feet or more, provided that the location and height of any fence, wall or hedge at lot lines, and of any structure upon the lot, shall conform to all other regulations of this article applicable to the lot.
B. 
The screening requirements of Subsection E(1) shall be applicable to any vehicle or equipment parked or stored in a carport located in a front yard, which vehicle or equipment is not permitted to be regularly parked on a driveway in such front yard pursuant to § 315-15.
C. 
Any door, gate or other enclosure to a private garage, carport or parking area, which enclosure provides screening from adjacent lots and streets for any vehicle or equipment parked or stored therein which is not permitted to be regularly parked within a driveway pursuant to § 315-15 shall be kept closed except when opening such enclosure is necessary to obtain access to such parking area.

§ 315-17 Occupancy restrictions.

It shall be unlawful to occupy any motor home, camper or trailer for residence purposes anywhere in the Borough except in a duly established trailer park maintained in accordance with the ordinances of the Borough, provided that occupation for residence purposes for a period of not more than three days shall not be considered to be a violation of this section.

§ 315-18 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article shall be punished as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, General Penalty, for each offense; and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.