Township of Readington, NJ
Hunterdon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Committee of the Township or Readington adopted 6-16-1958. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Land development — See Ch. 148.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 168.

§ 219-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DEPENDENT TRAILER COACH
A trailer coach which does not have a flush toilet and a bath or shower.
GARBAGE
Animal and vegetable matter originating in houses, kitchens, restaurants and hotels, produce markets or elsewhere.
INDEPENDENT TRAILER COACH
A trailer which has a flush toilet and a bath or shower.
PARK
Trailer coach park or trailer court.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, trust, partnership, association, joint-stock company or corporation.
SERVICE BUILDING
A building providing separate toilet, and bathing facilities for men and women, laundry facilities and at least one slop-water closet.
TRAILER COACH
A vehicle used, or so constructed as to permit its being used, as a licensed conveyance upon the public streets or highways and constructed in such a manner as will permit its occupancy as a dwelling or sleeping place for one or more persons.
TRAILER COACH PARK or TRAILER COURT
Any plot of ground upon which two or more trailer coaches occupied for dwelling or sleeping purposes are located, regardless of whether or not a charge is made for such accommodation.
TRAILER COACH SPACE
A plot of ground within a trailer coach park designed for the accommodation of one trailer coach.

§ 219-2 License required for trailer coach parks.

It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain or operate within the limits of the township any trailer coach park unless such person shall first obtain a license therefor. All trailer coach parks in existence upon the effective date of this chapter shall, within 30 days thereafter, obtain such license.

§ 219-3 Use of coaches for dwelling purposes prohibited outside trailer parks; exception.

[Added 6-1-1960]
No person shall occupy any trailer coach for dwelling purposes upon any lot or tract of land within the Township of Readington except upon a trailer coach park conducted, maintained and licensed in compliance with this chapter. This section shall not apply to any trailer coach so occupied within the Township of Readington on the date this section of this chapter becomes effective.

§ 219-4 Application procedure; issuance of license.

A. 
Application for a trailer coach park license shall be filed with the Township Committee of Readington Township and such license shall be issued by the Township Clerk. Applications shall be in writing, signed by the applicant, and shall contain the following:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(2) 
A statement as to whether or not the applicant or any of his or its associates or officers has ever been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude.
(3) 
The location and description by metes and bounds of the trailer coach park.
(4) 
A complete plan of the park.
(5) 
Plans and specifications of all buildings and other improvements constructed or to be constructed within the trailer coach park.
B. 
The application shall be on a form provided by the Township Clerk and all accompanying plans and specifications shall be filed in triplicate. The Township Clerk shall verify the information required by Subsection A(1), (2) and (3) above and the Code Enforcement Officer shall examine the plan of the park and the plans and specifications required by Subsection A(4) and (5) above. If the information contained in the application is true and the proposed trailer coach park will be in compliance with all of the provisions of this chapter relating to the plan of the park and the plans and specifications referred to, and if, upon investigation by the Township Committee, the proposed trailer coach park will be in compliance with all provisions of this chapter and all other applicable statutes of New Jersey and ordinances of Readington Township, the Township Committee, through the Mayor, shall approve said application on the reverse side thereof and the Township Clerk shall issue the license.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
C. 
No license shall be transferred without the permission of the Township Committee.

§ 219-5 License fees; term of license; registry required.

A. 
A license fee shall be imposed under this chapter for the purpose of raising revenue for the township. The license fee for a trailer coach park or trailer court shall be $50 per annum, payable on or before the 15th day of May of each year to the Township Clerk, and the sum of $6 per calendar month per trailer, payable by the operator of the park or court to the Township Clerk at the time hereinafter set forth, or, in lieu thereof, $1.50 per week or fraction thereof per trailer, payable as aforesaid.
B. 
Each license shall expire on May 15 of each year. The said sum of $50 shall be payable as aforesaid in advance for the following license year.
C. 
Each licensee shall maintain a registry and, on or before the 10th day of each month, submit a copy thereof to the Township Clerk, together with the license fees for the previous month other than the annual license fee of $50.
D. 
The registry shall contain the following information with respect to the operation of the park or court for the previous month:
(1) 
The license number of each trailer.
(2) 
The serial number, body, type and license number of each automobile.
(3) 
The date of arrival and departure of each and every trailer.
(4) 
The age, name and last permanent address of the owner and occupants of each automobile and trailer.

§ 219-6 Required layout and facilities. [1]

The trailer coach park shall conform to those provisions of the Readington Township Land Development Ordinance[2] which apply to trailer courts and also conform to the following requirements:
A. 
The trailer coach park or trailer court shall be located on a well-drained site and not adjacent to a swamp or marsh.
B. 
All trailer coach spaces shall abut upon a driveway of not less than 25 feet in width which shall have unobstructed access to a public street or highway. All driveways shall be hard-surfaced, well marked in the daytime and lighted at night with one-hundred-watt lamps at intervals of 100 feet located approximately 15 feet from the ground.
C. 
Walkways not less than two feet wide shall be provided from the trailer coach spaces to the service buildings. The walkways shall be hard-surfaced, well marked in the daytime and lighted at night with one-hundred-watt lamps at intervals of 100 feet located approximately 15 feet from the ground.
D. 
Each park shall provide service buildings to house toilet facilities, bathing facilities, laundry facilities and other sanitary facilities for dependent trailers as hereinafter more particularly described. No service buildings shall be required if the trailer coach park accommodates only independent trailer coaches. Service buildings shall be permanent structures complying with all applicable ordinances and statutes relating to buildings, electrical installations and plumbing and sanitation systems and shall be located not closer than 20 feet to any coach space.
E. 
An electrical outlet supplying at least 110 volts shall be provided for each trailer coach space.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 148, Land Development.

§ 219-7 Water supply.

Each trailer court shall be furnished with an adequate supply of potable water of a standard of quality and quantity established by the township for the township as a whole.

§ 219-8 Sanitation facilities.

Each park shall be provided with toilets, baths or showers, slop sinks and other sanitation facilities which shall conform to the following requirements:
A. 
The toilet and other sanitation facilities for males and females shall be in separate buildings or shall be separated by a permanent partition from ceiling to floor.
B. 
Toilet facilities for males shall consist of not fewer than two flush toilets for every six dependent trailer coaches, one urinal for every six dependent trailer coaches, one shower or bathtub with individual dressing accommodations for every six dependent trailer coaches and one lavatory for every six dependent trailer coaches.
C. 
Toilet facilities for females shall consist of not fewer than two flush toilets for every six dependent trailer coaches, one shower or bathtub with individual dressing accommodations for every six dependent trailer coaches and one lavatory for every six dependent trailer coaches.
D. 
Anything in Subsections B and C to the contrary notwithstanding, each trailer coach park shall provide, if the park contains dependent trailer coaches, not fewer than two flush toilets, two showers or bathtubs with individual dressing accommodations and two lavatories, and in addition thereto, for males, not fewer than one urinal.
E. 
Each toilet and each shower or bathtub with individual dressing accommodations for which provision is made in Subsections B, C and D shall be in a private compartment.
F. 
The service buildings shall be well lighted at all times of the day and night, shall be well ventilated with screened openings, shall be constructed of such moistureproof material, including painted woodwork, as shall permit repeated cleaning and washing, and shall be maintained at a temperature of at least 68° F. during the period from October 1 to May 1. The floors of the service buildings shall be of water-impervious material.
G. 
All service buildings and the grounds of the park shall be maintained in a clean, sightly condition and kept free of any condition that will menace the health of any occupant or the public or constitute a nuisance.

§ 219-9 Laundry facilities.

If the trailer coach park contains dependent trailers, laundry facilities shall be provided in the ratio of one double laundry tub and/or one single laundry tub and one automatic or semiautomatic-type washing machine for every six dependent trailer coach spaces. An electrical outlet shall be provided supplying 110 volts of electricity to operate each washing machine. Drying spaces shall be provided sufficient to accommodate the laundry of the trailer coach occupants.

§ 219-10 Sewage and refuse disposal.

A. 
No wastewater or matter from sinks, baths, cesspools, septic tanks or other plumbing fixtures shall be deposited or permitted to accumulate on the surface of the ground.
B. 
Waste from showers, bathtubs, flush toilets, urinals, lavatories and laundries within the park shall be discharged into a public or private sewer and disposal plant or septic tank system of such construction and in such manner as will present no health hazard. Each trailer coach space shall be provided with a trapped sewer at least four inches in diameter, which shall be connected to receive the waste from the shower, bathtub, flush toilet, lavatory and kitchen sink of the trailer coach harbored in such space and having any or all of such facilities. The trapped sewer in each space shall be connected to discharge the trailer coach waste into a private sewer and disposal plant or septic tank system of such construction and in accordance with the standards established by the township for the township as a whole.

§ 219-11 Garbage receptacles.

Tightly covered metal garbage cans shall be provided in quantities adequate to permit disposal of all garbage and rubbish. Garbage cans shall be located not farther than 100 feet from any trailer coach space. The cans shall be kept in sanitary condition at all times. Garbage and rubbish shall be collected and disposed of at least twice a week to ensure that the garbage cans shall not overflow.

§ 219-12 Fire protection.

Every park shall be equipped at all times with at least one fire extinguisher in good working order for every six trailer coach spaces. No open fires shall be permitted at any time. No fires shall be left unattended at any time.

§ 219-13 Control of animals.

No owner or person in charge of any dog, cat or other pet shall permit it to run at large within the limits of any trailer coach park or trailer court.

§ 219-14 Attendant required; responsibilities.

A responsible attendant or caretaker, owner or operator shall be in charge at all times to keep the trailer coach park or trailer court, its facilities and equipment in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition, and he shall be answerable, with the licensee, for any violation of the provisions of this chapter.

§ 219-15 Revocation of license.

The Township Committee may revoke any license to maintain and operate a park when the licensee has been found guilty of violating any provision of this chapter. After conviction of a violation, the license may be reissued if correctional steps have been taken to remedy the situation which led to the revocation and if the park is being maintained and operated in full compliance with the law.

§ 219-16 Compliance with laws.

No person shall permit such licensed premises to be used for the violation of any laws of the United States, the State of New Jersey or of Readington Township.

§ 219-17 Inspections authorized.

Said business and the place and premises conducted shall be subject to examination by day or night by the Township Committee through an inspector authorized by it to make such inspection.

§ 219-18 Licenses to be posted.

The license certificate shall be conspicuously posted in the office of or on the premises of the trailer coach park or trailer court at all times.

§ 219-19 Exceptions for existing parks.

The provisions of §§ 219-6B, C, D, and E, 219-8, 219-9, 219-10B and 219-11 of this chapter shall not be applicable to any trailer coach park in actual operation within this township on the effective date of this chapter if, upon investigation, the Township Committee determines that the physical properties and facilities of said park as then operated are substantially equivalent to those specified in the said provisions and are not detrimental to health, safety, morals and general welfare.

§ 219-20 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 4-15-1960[1] ]
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter upon conviction, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days and/or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each and every day such violation continues shall be deemed a separate and distinct violation.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).