[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Middletown 12-27-1948 (Ch. 109, Art. I of the 1971 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 5-24-1954; 1-7-2008]
Except where an automobile trailer or house car shall come under the provisions of the New York State Tax Law, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to use an automobile trailer or house car as a habitation, or to establish, maintain, operate or conduct, within the City of Middletown, any tourist park or camp or any automobile trailer park or camp, or any combination of same, without having first secured a license therefor from the City Clerk.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AUTOMOBILE TRAILER or HOUSE CAR
- Is defined to be any vehicle used or arranged to be used for living or sleeping, mounted on wheels or arranged to be mounted on wheels or arranged to be movable, and propelled either by its own power or drawn by another power-driven source or vehicle.
- AUTOMOBILE TRAILER PARK OR CAMP
- Is defined to be any plot of ground where space is provided or used for three or more automobile trailers or house cars used or arranged to be used for living or sleeping.
- CAMP COTTAGE OR CABIN
- Is defined as any building or structure or enclosure not conforming to the provisions of the Building Code and Zoning Ordinances of the City of Middletown, New York, now in effect or hereafter adopted.
- TOURIST PARK OR CAMP
- Is defined to be any plot of ground upon which one or more camp cottages or cabins are used or arranged to be used for living or sleeping.
Removal of the wheels of an automobile trailer or house car, except temporarily for repairs, or the permanent blocking up of an automobile trailer or house car or the enclosure of the space beneath an automobile trailer or house car, whether situated in a camp or elsewhere, is to be construed to automatically convert the automobile trailer or house car into a permanent structure subject to the requirements of said Building Code, Zoning Ordinances and all other laws and ordinances applicable to dwellings, now in effect or hereafter adopted; notice of such removal of wheels, blocking up or enclosure is to be given forthwith to the Building Inspector.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, no person shall detach any automobile trailer or house car or other trailer from its towing vehicle and permit the same to remain standing in any public street or place.
Such licenses shall provide that it may be revoked by the Common Council any time and shall be subject to such other or further regulations as the Common Council may impose.
Applications for such licenses shall be made to the City Clerk upon such forms as prescribed by him or her.
The license fee for licenses provided for herein shall be as follows:
Any person violating any provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of an offense within the meaning of the Penal Law of the State of New York and shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more $500 and/or up to 15 days in jail, and each day on which such violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense.