Town of Stanley, VA
Page County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Stanley 10-10-1973 as Ch. 16 of the 1973 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 87.
Licensing — See Ch. 122.
Noise — See Ch. 128.
Nuisances — See Ch. 133.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 146.
Sewers — See Ch. 157.
Naming of streets, roads and subdivisions — See Ch. 161.
Streets, sidewalks and public places — See Ch. 165.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 170.
Zoning — See Ch. 215.

§ 183-1 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
AUTO TRAILER
Any building or structure used for living or sleeping purposes and equipped with wheels or other means to facilitate movement from place to place, and automobiles or trucks when used for living or sleeping purposes. The term "auto trailer" shall also include any building or structure used for living or sleeping purposes, whether or not equipped with wheels or other means to facilitate movement, of the type or kind commonly known as "trailer," "auto trailer," "mobile home" or any other term of like meaning or import, or which shall be of similar design, type, construction or appearance to such trailer, auto trailer, mobile home or like building or structure commonly moved over roads, streets or highways.
AUTO TRAILER COURT
Any lot or parcel of land used or intended to be used for the accommodation of two or more auto trailers.
MANUFACTURED HOME
See definitions in Chapter 215, Zoning.
TEMPORARY AUTO TRAILER
Any auto trailer approved for limited parking within the Town.
TRAILER UNIT
A plot of land in an auto trailer court used or intended to be used for the accommodation of not more than one auto trailer.

§ 183-2 Location of trailers restricted; notice of violation.

A. 
No auto trailer shall be placed, located or kept on any property, private or public, within the Town except within an auto trailer court duly authorized and licensed by the Town pursuant to this chapter or except as provided in Subsection B of this section or as provided in § 183-4 with respect to temporary auto trailers.
B. 
An auto trailer approved or sanctioned by the Town as of August 31, 1971, shall be permitted to remain in place, provided that:
(1) 
It remains permanently occupied.
(2) 
It is not moved from its present lot, tract or parcel of land.
(3) 
It meets all local, state and federal requirements for public health.
(4) 
It is not in violation of any other chapter of this Code or other Town ordinance or of any state law or of any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant to state law.
C. 
If any auto trailer is found located in the Town in violation of this section, it shall be the responsibility of the Town to notify, in writing, by registered mail, return receipt requested, the owner or occupant of such trailer or the owner of the lot, tract or parcel of land on which the trailer is located that the trailer is to be removed from the Town or to a duly licensed auto trailer court within the Town within 30 days from receipt of such notice.

§ 183-3 Replacement of existing trailers.

[Added 1-19-1974]
In the event that an existing trailer, as described in § 183-2B of this chapter, shall be damaged or destroyed by fire, flood, windstorm or other acts of God, the owner shall have the right to replace the same.

§ 183-4 Temporary trailers.

A. 
Temporary parking of an auto trailer on private property where the owner or occupants of such trailer are guests of the owner of the property shall be permitted under the following conditions:
(1) 
The owner or occupants of the trailer or the owner of the property on which the trailer is parked must obtain a permit from the Town Clerk within 48 hours from the time the trailer is parked.
(2) 
No waste or water from toilets and sinks of the trailer shall be allowed to flow to the ground.
(3) 
The trailer and occupants shall be subject to all provisions of this Code and other ordinances currently in effect in the Town.
(4) 
Parking of such trailer is limited to 30 days, and the trailer will not be permitted to park on the same lot or parcel of land during the 11 months following the departure date.
B. 
Each application for a permit for a temporary auto trailer as provided for in Subsection A of this section shall be accompanied by a permit fee of $1.
C. 
Upon conviction of any person for a violation of this section, the vehicle which is the subject of such violation shall immediately be removed from the Town either by the party or parties involved or by the Town at the expense of the party or parties involved, which expense shall be recovered, if necessary, by distress and sale or such other appropriate method as may be provided by law.

§ 183-5 Charging of violations.

The owner of any lot, tract or parcel of land upon which an auto trailer is located in violation of this chapter, or the agent of such owner who may be absent from Town, and all persons occupying such auto trailer shall each be regarded as violating this chapter and shall be so charged jointly in any warrant issued for the violation thereof, and conviction of the owner or the agent of the owner shall not preclude conviction of the occupants of such trailer for the violation thereof.

§ 183-6 Penalties for offenses.

Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable as provided in § 1-21 of this Code.

§ 183-7 Removal of trailers in violation.

Upon the conviction of the owner of any lot, his agent or the occupants of an auto trailer for any violation of this chapter, the trailer shall be removed at once from within the limits of the Town or to a duly licensed auto trailer court within the Town. Upon failure of the owner of the lot, his agent or the occupants of such trailer to remove the trailer at once, it shall be done by the Town at the expense of the owner of the lot or the owner of the trailer, jointly or severally, which expense shall be recovered, if necessary, by distress and sale or such other appropriate method as may be authorized by law.

§ 183-8 Establishment and maintenance authorized.

Subject to the provisions of this article, auto trailer courts may be established and maintained in the Town.

§ 183-9 Permit required; application requirements; review and decision by Town Council.

A. 
Each person desiring to operate an auto trailer court shall apply in writing to the Town Council for a permit so to do. Such application shall state the location, by street number and legal description, of the property on which such auto trailer court is to be established and maintained, the dimensions of such property, the number of units in the court and such other information as the Town Council may reasonably require. A plot plan, in duplicate, of such property shall be filed by the applicant, drawn to a scale of not less than 1/8 of an inch per foot, showing the proposed location and dimensions of all the units, roads, buildings, sewer connections, water connections, electric outlets and other essential requirements of this article.
B. 
After a thorough examination of the above information and all facts pertinent to the establishment of a trailer court, the Town Council shall notify the applicant, in writing, by registered mail, return receipt requested, of its approval or rejection of the permit applied for.

§ 183-10 Permit application fee; tax.

Each application for a permit to establish an auto trailer court shall be accompanied by a fee in the amount of $2 for each trailer unit in the proposed trailer court. Upon the issuance of such permit, the trailer court shall be subject to an annual license tax as stipulated in Chapter 122, Licensing.

§ 183-11 Other permits required.

The issuance of a Town permit to operate an auto trailer court under the terms of this article conveys no right to erect any building other than auto trailers or to do any plumbing work or to do any electrical work. Regular building, plumbing, electrical or other permits as required by the provisions of this Code and other ordinances of the Town shall be procured for all such work.

§ 183-12 Trailer unit requirements.

A. 
Minimum size; marking of boundaries. Each trailer unit in every auto trailer court shall contain not less than 1,000 square feet of ground and shall not be less than 25 feet in width measured at right angles to the side lines thereof. The boundary lines of every trailer unit shall be plainly and permanently marked or otherwise indicated.
B. 
Location of vehicles within unit. There shall be not less than five feet between any part of any auto trailer and any boundary line of the trailer unit on which it is located. No automobile or tow car parked on any trailer unit shall extend beyond the boundaries of such unit.

§ 183-13 Time limitation for start of construction.

Where no construction work is done within 90 days from date of issuance of a Town permit under this article, the authorization for the trailer court becomes null and void.

§ 183-14 Duties of trailer court owner or operator.

A. 
The owner or operator of every trailer court, before allowing any auto trailers therein, shall file with the Town Clerk the name of the person who will be in continuous responsible charge of the court and who is authorized to act for him. Any change in such person in charge shall be immediately reported to the Town Clerk.
B. 
It shall be the duty of the owner, operator or person in charge of any auto trailer court to:
(1) 
Keep at all times a register of all persons staying in his court, which register shall at all times be open to the officers of the Town.
(2) 
Maintain the court in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition at all times.
(3) 
Require all toilets, sinks and lavatories in any auto trailer in the court to be connected to the Town's sewage system, if available, or to a sanitary septic tank approved by the county health authorities if no Town sewer is available.
(4) 
See that all garbage is deposited in the garbage cans.
(5) 
Report promptly to the proper authorities any violations of law which may come to his attention.
(6) 
Report promptly to the county health authorities any case of contagious or communicable disease within the auto trailer court which may come to his attention.

§ 183-15 Revocation of approval or license; hearing; appeals.

A. 
Right of Town Council to revoke. The Town Council is hereby authorized, in the exercise of reasonable discretion, to revoke any approval and license issued pursuant to this article if, after due investigation, it determines that the holder thereof has violated any of the provisions of this chapter or that an auto trailer is being maintained in an unsanitary or unsafe manner or is a nuisance. Written notice of such revocation shall be given either by personal delivery thereof to the person to be notified or by registered mail, return receipt requested, addressed to such person at the address which appears on the records on file in the office of the Town Clerk.
B. 
Hearing. No auto trailer court approval or license shall be revoked until a hearing, upon notice given by the Town Clerk, is first had. Written notice of the time and place of such hearing shall be given at least five days before such hearing. Such notice may be given by personal delivery thereof to the person to be notified or by registered mail. Such notice shall state in clear and concise language the reasons for the pending revocation of previous approval and the Town license and the time and place the hearing is to be held. The Town Council may continue hearings from time to time upon good cause being shown therefor.
C. 
Procedure on appeal to Circuit Court. Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Town Council may appeal therefrom to the Circuit Court of Page County in any manner provided by law; and it shall be the duty of such appellant to notify the Town Council, through the Town Clerk, of his appeal within 10 days from the date of the decision appealed from. Upon receipt of such notice, the Town Clerk shall promptly notify the Mayor, the members of the Town Council and Town Attorney, and, upon the advice of the Town Attorney, shall transmit to the Clerk of the Circuit Court the Town's record of the hearing held by Town Council in the premises.