Town of Webster, NY
Monroe County
By using eCode360 you agree to be legally bound by the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, please do not use eCode360.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Webster 3-23-1948. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Drainage, erosion and sedimentation — See Ch. 104.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 137.
Plumbing — See Ch. 165.
Sewers — See Ch. 175.
Water — See Ch. 220.
Zoning — See Ch. 225.

§ 151-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "House Trailer Ordinance of the Town of Webster."

§ 151-2 Purpose.

It is the purpose of this chapter to regulate house trailers and house-trailer camps within the Town of Webster; to require that such camps be laid out and constructed in accordance with approved plans; to prescribe regulations for said camps; to require the registration of occupants thereof and prescribe a time limit on the duration of stay of persons and house trailers within such camps; and to regulate the parking, location and duration of stay of house trailers outside of such camps.

§ 151-3 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CAMP UNIT
The lot or space in any camp which shall be assigned to or used and occupied by any one house trailer, by any one tent or by any one house tent.
HOUSE TRAILER
Any vehicle or combination thereof used, designed for use or capable of being used as sleeping or living quarters, whether propelled by its own power or by the power of another vehicle to which it may be attached.
TRAILER CAMP
Any lot, piece or parcel of ground whereon two or more house trailers, tents or tent houses used, designed for use or capable of being used as living or sleeping quarters are parked or located, and for which use, said premises are held open to the public, a fee being collected for such use.

§ 151-4 Permit required.

No person, firm or corporation being the owner or occupant of any land or premises within the Town of Webster shall use or permit the use of said land or premises as a trailer camp without obtaining a permit therefor as hereinafter provided.

§ 151-5 Application; data required.

A. 
The application for each trailer camp permit shall be in writing and signed by the applicant. It shall state:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(2) 
The name and address of each partner if the applicant is a partnership.
(3) 
The name and address of each officer and director if the applicant is a corporation.
(4) 
A complete description of the premises upon which the proposed camp is to be located.
(5) 
The name and address of the owner or owners of such premises.
(6) 
The number of camp units to be provided in the proposed camp.
B. 
Each application shall be accompanied by a complete plan drawn to scale, showing the layout of the camp, the location, size and arrangement of each camp unit, location of streets, location and number of toilets, lavatories, showers and tubs for each sex, location of water service and fire hydrants and location of slop sinks, garbage receptacles and laundry trays.
C. 
Where the applicant is not the owner of the premises, the application shall also be accompanied by the original or photostatic copy of the lease of the premises and a written statement signed by all of the owners consenting that the premises be used for the purpose of a trailer camp.
D. 
With every application for a trailer camp permit there shall be filed by the applicant the authorization for such land use granted by the Webster Zoning Board of Appeals as required by the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Webster.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: See Ch. 225, Zoning.

§ 151-6 Filing of application; investigation; approval.

A. 
Each application shall be filed with the Town Clerk, who shall thereupon transmit the same to the Health Officer. Such application shall indicate compliance by the applicant with the minimum camp requirements as established by rule or regulation of the State Department of Health and Chapter 7 of the Sanitary Code of the State of New York and the Sanitary Code of the Town of Webster, as amended.
B. 
The Health Officer shall, after investigation, transmit the application to the Town Board, together with his written approval or disapproval thereof or recommendation pertaining thereto. All such applications shall, after investigation, be approved or rejected by the Town Board after which the application shall be filed with the Town Clerk and the applicant notified in writing by the Clerk of the action taken thereon.
[Added 8-24-1956]

§ 151-7 Issuance of permit; term.

The Town Clerk of the Town of Webster, upon the written application and upon the approval of the same by the Health Officer and the Town Board of the Town of Webster and upon receipt of the fee hereinafter provided, shall issue a permit to become effective from the date thereof and to continue in force for the term specified therein, but in no event longer than through the 31st day of December next succeeding, for the use of the premises therein specified as a trailer camp, which permit shall specify the number of camp units which may be used in said camp. Such permit shall not be transferable or assignable.

§ 151-8 Permit fees.

The applicant for a trailer camp permit shall, at the time of the issuance of any such permit, pay to the Town Clerk a fee to be computed at the rate of $5 per camp unit per annum, based upon the maximum number of proposed camp units as shown in the application. The minimum fee for an annual permit shall be $50.

§ 151-9 Drainage and grading; road surfaces.

[Amended 8-24-1956]
A. 
All lands used as a trailer camp shall be well drained, of ample size and free from heavy or dense growth of brush or weeds. The land shall be properly graded to ensure proper drainage during and following rainfall and shall at all times be so drained as to be free from stagnant pools of water.
B. 
The roads in said camps shall be of macadam, crushed stone or of any other dust-free composition approved by the Town Board.

§ 151-10 Camp layout; maintenance requirements.

[Amended 8-24-1956]
A. 
Each trailer camp shall be subdivided and marked off into rectangular shaped lots or camp units numbered consecutively, the number being conspicuously posted on each camp unit, each of which camp units shall contain at least 7,500 square feet and shall be at least seventy-five by one hundred (75 x 100) feet in dimensions. No more than one house trailer, tent or tent house shall be permitted to occupy any one camp unit. The camp units shall be grouped in blocks with streets at least 20 feet wide between each block. No camp unit shall be located within 70 feet of any highway or street line nor within 20 feet of any adjacent property line.
B. 
Each trailer camp and all parts thereof shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition at all times.

§ 151-11 Plumbing; sewerage; refuse disposal.

A. 
Plumbing requirements.
(1) 
Each such trailer camp shall be provided with proper water connections to existing public water systems of the town or of any district therein. No trailer camp shall be permitted in any part of the town where fire hydrants are not available.
(2) 
A sufficient supply of pure drinking water shall be provided in convenient locations in the camp.
(3) 
Such trailer camp shall be provided with toilet buildings in which shall be installed water closets placed in separate compartments properly separated from any other water closet, each compartment being not less than three feet wide enclosed with partitions, in the ratio of one water closet for every 30 males or fewer, and in addition, one urinal for every 30 males or fewer and one water closet for every 15 females. Such minimum water closet and urinal accommodations shall be based upon the total camp capacity according to the accepted plans and shall be computed upon the basis of a minimum of three persons to each camp unit, with the sexes being considered as equal in number in the total computation.
(4) 
Each such trailer camp shall provide one lavatory for each sex for each 10 units or fewer and shall also provide bathing facilities consisting of one shower or tub with hot and cold water for each sex for each ten camp units or fewer. There shall also be supplied one laundry tray with hot and cold water for each five camp units or fewer and one slop sink or basin with running water for each five camp units or fewer. The Town Board may waive the foregoing requirements for separate lavatories, showers, tubs, laundry trays and slop sinks if in its opinion the trailer coaches are so equipped individually.
[Amended 8-24-1956]
B. 
Sewerage requirements.
(1) 
All sewage and other water-carried wastes shall be disposed of into a municipal sewerage system whenever available. In house trailer camps in which such connections are not available, disposal shall be into a private system which includes a sanitary means of disposal, the operation of which creates neither a nuisance or a menace to health.
(2) 
When a water carriage system of sewage is used, each camp unit shall be provided with a sewer connection for the combined liquid waste outlet or outlets of each house trailer and trapped below the frost line. It shall be the duty of the owner or operator of said trailer camp to provide a water- and odor tight connection from the trailer water drainage to the sewer connection, and it shall be the duty of said owner or operator to make such connections and keep all occupied trailers connected to said sewer while located in a trailer camp. Sewer connections in unoccupied camp units shall be so closed that they will emit no odors or cause a breeding place for flies. No water or waste shall be allowed to fall on the ground from a house trailer. Before the issuance of a permit, the sanitary sewer system plan must be submitted to the Town Plumbing Inspector and meet with his approval.
[Amended 8-24-1956]
C. 
Refuse disposal requirements. Each such trailer camp shall provide equipment sufficient to prevent littering of the grounds and premises with rubbish, garbage and refuse and shall provide flytight metal depositories with tight-fitting covers at conspicuous locations upon such premises. Such depositories shall be emptied daily and kept at all times in sanitary condition. The depositories shall be so located that no camp unit shall be more than 100 feet from a depository.

§ 151-12 Registration of occupants.

The owner or operator of each trailer camp shall keep a permanent record in writing of all persons occupying or using the facilities of such trailer camp, which record shall include the following:
A. 
The name and address of each occupant of each house trailer.
B. 
The date of arrival at and departure from said camp of each trailer and occupant of each trailer.
C. 
The name and address of the owner of each house trailer.
D. 
The registration number of each house trailer, state in which registered and year of registration.
E. 
The name and address of owner of each automobile or other motor vehicle used to propel such trailers.
F. 
The make and registration number of each motor vehicle with state in which registered and year of registration.
G. 
The name, address and date of arrival at and departure from said camp of each occupant of a tent house or facility other than a house trailer. If such occupant travels by automobile or other motor vehicle, the name and address of the owner of such vehicle, its registration number, the state in which registered, the year of registration and its make and description.

§ 151-13 Monthly reports to be filed; posting of chapter.

A. 
The owner or operator of each trailer camp shall file with the Town Clerk of the Town of Webster, on or before the third day of each month, a record of all persons who shall have occupied or used the facilities of the camp during the preceding calendar month or any portion thereof
B. 
Such record shall contain the name of each person and, after each such name, shall state the following information with reference to such person:
(1) 
Address.
(2) 
Date of arrival in camp.
(3) 
Date of leaving camp.
(4) 
State and registration number of house trailer occupied.
(5) 
State and registration number of motor vehicle accompanying said trailer.
C. 
A copy of this chapter shall be conspicuously posted on the premises of each trailer camp and copies of this chapter shall be made available to the occupants of such camps at all times.

§ 151-14 Time limitation for occupants.

No person other than the operator of said camp and not to exceed two employees shall be permitted to occupy or use the facilities of any trailer camp, and no house trailer or motor vehicle other than those occupied by such operator or employees shall be permitted to remain therein for a longer period than three months in each twelve-month period.

§ 151-15 Rights of entry and inspection.

The police officers of the Town of Webster, the Health Officer and any other duly authorized agent or employee of said town shall have the right at any reasonable time to enter any trailer camp or other premises used for the parking or location of a house trailer, and shall have the right at all times to inspect all parts of said premises and to inspect the records required to be kept in any trailer camp.

§ 151-16 Revocation of permit.

If a police officer, Health Officer or any authorized representative of the Town of Webster finds that any trailer camp is not being maintained in a clean and sanitary condition or is not being conducted in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, such facts shall thereupon be reported to the Town Board, and said Town Board may direct the Town Clerk to serve an order in writing upon the holder of the permit or the person in charge of said camp, directing that the conditions therein specified be remedied within five days after date of service of such order. If such conditions are not corrected after the expiration of said five-day period, the Town Board may cause a notice in writing to be served upon the holder of said permit or the person in charge of such trailer camp, requiring the holder of the permit to appear before the Town Board of the Town of Webster at a time to be specified in such notice and show cause why such trailer camp permit should not be revoked. The Town Board may, after a hearing at which testimony of witnesses may be taken and the holder of the permit shall be heard, revoke such permit if said Town Board shall find that said camp is not being maintained in a clean and sanitary condition or if they find that any provisions of this chapter have been violated or for other sufficient cause. Upon the revocation of such permit, the premises shall forthwith cease to be used for the purpose of a trailer camp, and all house trailers, tents and tent houses shall forthwith be removed therefrom.

§ 151-17 Renewal of permit.

Application for the renewal of any trailer camp permit issued pursuant to this chapter must be filed with the Town Clerk on or before the first day of December next preceding the expiration of said permit. The application for renewal shall be in writing and signed by the applicant and shall contain the same information as required by § 151-5 of this chapter in the case of original application for permits, except that such renewal application need not be accompanied by a plan of the trailer camp unless some change in the plan or layout of the camp is contemplated by the applicant, nor is it necessary that said renewal application be accompanied by the lease of the premises unless a new lease of the premises has been entered into subsequent to the time of filing the previous application, in which event the original or photostatic copy of the new lease shall be attached to the application for a renewal, nor shall it be necessary to attach to such application for renewal the written consent of the owners of the premises that the same may be used for the purposes of a trailer camp unless there shall have been a change in the ownership since the filing of the previous application, in which event such written statement signed by all of the new owners of the premises must accompany the application for a renewal of the permit. Upon the approval of said application for a renewal of the permit by the Health Officer and the Town Board, the Town Clerk shall issue a renewal permit which shall become effective upon the expiration of the prior permit and continue in force for the term specified therein, but in no event longer than for a period of one year. Such renewal permit shall not be transferred or assigned. The applicant shall at the time of issuance of such renewal permit pay to the Town Clerk the same fee provided in § 151-8 of this chapter covering the original issuance of trailer camp permits.

§ 151-18 Compliance by existing camps.

A. 
This chapter shall apply to all existing trailer camps located in the Town of Webster on the date of its adoption, except that the owner or operator of any such existing camp shall have 30 days after this chapter becomes effective to make an application for a temporary permit to operate such camp until the following December 31, which permit shall be issued upon payment of a fee $5 for each trailer in such camp on the date of application for such permit. Accompanying the application for a temporary permit shall be a written statement containing the information concerning each present trailer camp occupant required by § 151-13. An application may be made to extend such temporary permit for the period of one year, such application to be made 30 days before expiration of such temporary permit, and if granted by the Town Board, such extended temporary permit shall be issued by the Town Clerk upon payment of the five-dollar-per-trailer fee as herein provided. A camp operating under such temporary permit shall be maintained and operated in compliance with all of the provisions of this chapter except as the provisions of this section make compliance with the provisions of §§ 151-9 through 151-11 impossible with respect to furnishing adequate camp unit areas. The owner or operator of any such trailer camp shall have a period of one year from the expiration date of a temporary permit within which to rearrange such camp to conform to the provisions of §§ 151-9 through 151-11 of this chapter upon payment of the fees otherwise required by this chapter.
B. 
Each occupied unit of a trailer camp at the time of the adoption of this chapter shall be exempt from the provisions of § 151-14 so long as a temporary permit shall be issued by such Town Board during the war-created housing shortage.
C. 
Extensions of temporary permits for existing trailer-camp operation, pursuant to § 151-18, will hereafter be granted only upon a showing by the operator of reasonable efforts to comply with the provisions of §§ 151-9 through 151-11 of this chapter by enlarging remaining camp-unit areas from the space becoming available by present occupants vacating the units as they existed at the time of the adoption of this chapter.
[Added 4-28-1950]
D. 
No temporary trailer-camp permits will hereafter be granted except upon a showing by the operator of such camp of compliance with § 151-13 with respect to report of trailer-camp occupants as provided in said section.
[Added 4-28-1950]
E. 
A renewal of a temporary trailer-camp permit will hereafter be granted only upon affirmative proof furnished to this Board by the applicant for such a permit that there appears to be from such proof a presently existing war-created housing shortage.
[Added 4-28-1950]

§ 151-19 Storage of house trailers not located in camps.

A. 
No house trailer shall be parked or allowed to remain upon any public highway or private way in the Town of Webster.
B. 
[Amended 8-24-1956] No house trailer shall be parked or stored out of doors on any land or premises within the Town of Webster for a period of more than 48 hours without a permit. An application to store a house trailer for more than 48 hours should be made to the Town Clerk. The application should show:
(1) 
The name and address of the owner of the trailer.
(2) 
The name and address of the owner of the land.
(3) 
The consent of the owner of the land to store said trailer.
(4) 
A map or sketch showing that the trailer is located on the premises in compliance with the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Webster[1] with respect to setback requirements for auxiliary buildings.
[1]:
Editor's Note: See Ch. 225, Zoning.
C. 
The words "park" and "store" shall not be construed to include any use of sleeping or living quarters. No permit shall be required to store a recreational trailer. A recreational trailer shall be defined as any trailer 20 feet or less in length.

§ 151-20 Occupancy of house trailers not located in camps.

[Amended 8-24-1956]
A. 
No house trailers other than those in a trailer camp or stored under § 151-19B herein shall be parked or located on any land or premises within the Town of Webster without a permit therefor.
B. 
An application to park a house trailer and occupy the same as living quarters shall be made to the Town Clerk. The application should show:
(1) 
The name and address of the owner of the trailer.
(2) 
The name and address of the owner of the land.
(3) 
The consent of the owner of the land.
(4) 
A map showing the location of the trailer on the lot and showing the size of the lot.
(5) 
A diagram of the sanitary disposal system and approval of the Town Plumbing Inspector.
(6) 
A statement of reasons for parking said house trailer.
C. 
A permit for the trailer will only be issued upon the following grounds:
(1) 
That the owner of the trailer is building a home on the lot. In this instance a building permit is to accompany the application.
(2) 
Hardship case. The full statement of facts constituting said hardship should accompany or be made part of the application.
D. 
Each house trailer located outside a trailer camp and occupied as living quarters must be located on a lot which conforms to the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Webster.[1] The setback requirements of said ordinance must be complied with. Not more than one house trailer shall be located on each such separate lot or parcel of land. The area of the lot so used shall be computed independent of any areas required for adjoining residential premises as prescribed in the Webster Zoning Ordinance. Each house trailer must have an approved source of water, and this approval shall be obtained from the Plumbing Inspector of the Town of Webster.
[1]:
Editor's Note: See Ch. 225, Zoning.

§ 151-21 Town Board approval of permits.

[Amended 8-24-1956]
A. 
The Town Clerk shall submit both applications required under §§ 151-19B and 151-20 to the Town Board for approval.
B. 
The Town Board may issue a permit for the storage of house trailers for a period of time not to exceed six months, provided that the requirements for said application, as outlined in § 151-19B, are complied with. The Town Board shall also consider applications for occupied house trailers under § 151-20. These permits shall be issued for a period of one year and will be issued upon the establishment of the following grounds:
(1) 
That the occupant of the house trailer intends to construct a house on the premises to be occupied by the trailer; that the occupant has procured a building permit to do so. Under this section, the Board may revoke this permit at any time when it finds the applicant has not reasonably proceeded to build the proposed house.
(2) 
Hardship cases. The use of a house trailer will be permitted when occupancy of said living quarters is made necessary by unusual conditions or circumstances construed as hardship.
C. 
In addition to the above grounds to issue permits, all the conditions set forth in § 151-20 concerning the application must be complied with.

§ 151-22 Extensions of permits.

[Amended 8-24-1956]
Upon the expiration of any house trailer permit, an application for an extension of the permit may be made to the Town Board. The Town Board may extend said permit upon the showing that the occupant is reasonably progressing with the construction of a house or that the hardship condition still exists.

§ 151-23 Penalties for offenses.

Any person, firm or corporation who violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of not less than $10 nor more than $50 or to imprisonment for a period of not less than one day nor more than six months, or both such fine and imprisonment, and in addition, the violation of the chapter or any of the provisions thereof shall subject the person, firm or corporation violating the same to a civil penalty in the sum of $50, and when a violation of this chapter or any of the provisions thereof is continuous, each 24 hours thereof shall constitute a separate and distinct violation; said penalty to be recovered by the Town of Webster in civil action. The application of the above penalty or penalties or the prosecution for the violation of the provisions of this chapter shall not be deemed to prevent the revocation of any permit issued pursuant thereto or the enforced removal of conditions prohibited by this chapter.

§ 151-24 Applicability.

None of the provisions of this chapter shall be applicable within the limits of any incorporated village located in the Town of Webster, Monroe County, New York.

§ 151-25 Compliance with other regulations and statutes required.

Nothing in this chapter shall repeal or supersede any provision of the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Webster[1] and compliance must be shown with the provisions of that ordinance before application for a permit may be made hereunder. The issuance of a trailer camp permit pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall not be deemed to waive compliance by the holder thereof, by the property owner or by any occupant of said camp with any statute of the State of New York or ordinance or health regulation of the Town of Webster.
[1]:
Editor's Note: See Ch. 225, Zoning.

§ 151-26 Structural changes prohibited.

[Amended 8-24-1956]
A. 
There shall be no structural additions of any kind to trailers.
B. 
It shall be unlawful to remove the wheels from any house trailer.