[Added 6-21-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-16; amended 9-3-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-16]
As used in this article, the following term shall apply:
- PORTABLE HOME STORAGE UNIT
- Portable sheds (commonly referred to as "pods") that are loaded with materials and placed on a residential property for the purpose of storing materials. The use of the reference to "pods" shall not be construed to be limited to a particular brand or company providing the portable home storage unit, but is referenced for easy identification of the type of unit regulated.
Before placing a portable home storage unit on his or her property, a person must submit an application and receive a permit from the Township. An insurance certificate confirming liability insurance in the amount of $100,000 provided by the company supplying the portable home storage unit must accompany the application. If the placement of the portable home storage unit is on a street, right-of-way or other public property, the permit shall be valid for a period of 10 days. If the unit is placed on private property, the permit shall be valid for a period of 30 days. There is a fee of $25 for a permit. Applications can be acquired from the Construction Code Office.
Permits will be granted for a period of 30 days on private property or for a period of 10 days if the unit is placed on a street, right-of-way or other public property. At the expiration of the permit period, applicants may, for good cause, seek one thirty-day extension for units placed on private property or one seven-day extension for units placed on a street, right-of-way or other public property. Extension of a permit will cost $15. An initial permit for a portable home storage unit can only be issued once in any twelve-month period.
Portable home storage units are prohibited from being placed in streets or the front yard of a property. Portable home storage units must be kept in the driveway of the property at the furthest accessible point from the street. All locations must be paved off-street surfaces. No pod can be placed on a property if it is deemed to be a sight obstruction for motorists. The applicant must obtain preapproval of the location by the Township Code Enforcement Officer in the following situations:
If the property does not have a driveway.
If the location of the unit in the driveway is in the front yard of the property.
If the property is a corner lot.
Any container to be placed on a street or right-of-way shall be placed on the street in a legal parking space, not designated for use as a handicap parking space as designated by the Township and shall not cause a view obstruction for motorists. A container parked on or along any street, right-of-way or other public property shall be equipped with and display markers consisting of all-yellow reflective diamond-shaped panels having a minimum size of 18 inches by 18 inches. These panels shall be mounted at the edge of the container at both ends nearest the path of passing vehicles and facing the direction of oncoming traffic. These markers shall have a minimum mounting height of three feet from the bottom of the panels to the surface of the roadway. The Police Department in exercise of its discretion may direct that additional markings, their location or nature, shall be supplemented or altered if the police determine such actions are necessary for the protection of the motoring public.
Only one portable home storage unit may be placed at any residential property at one time.
Any person who shall place a portable home storage unit in violation of this article shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties set forth in § 1-10 of the Florence Township Code.