Town of Thompson, NY
Sullivan County
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[Amended 5-20-1986 by L.L. No. 1-1986; 4-26-1988 by L.L. No. 2-1988; 4-10-1989 by L.L. No. 4-1989; 8-2-1994 by L.L. No. 3-1994; 8-18-1998 by L.L. No. 9-1998; 6-1-1999 by L.L. No. 6-1999; 5-1-2001 by L.L. No. 1-2001; 8-6-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002; 10-21-2003 by L.L. No. 7-2003; 6-7-2005 by L.L. No. 1-2005]
A. 
Words used in the present tense include the future; the singular number includes the plural, and the plural the singular; the word "lot" indicates the word "plot." The term "occupied" or "used" as applied to any building shall be construed as though followed by the words "or intended, arranged or designed to be occupied or used."
B. 
Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall, for the purpose of this Part 1, have the meaning herein indicated:
ACCESSORY
A term applied to a building or use clearly incidental or subordinate to and customarily in connection with the principal building or use on the same lot.
ADULT BOOKSTORE
Has as a substantial portion of its stock-in-trade any one or more of the following, to wit, books, magazines, periodicals or other printed matter which are characterized by an emphasis upon the depiction or description of sexual activities or sexual anatomical areas or photographs, films, motion pictures, videocassettes, slides or visual representations which are characterized by an emphasis upon the depiction or description of sexual activities or sexual anatomical areas. Such establishment is customarily not open to the public because it excludes minors by reason of age.
ADULT EATING OR DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT
Regularly features any one or more of the following, to wit, live performances which are characterized by an emphasis on sexual anatomical areas or sexual activities or films, motion pictures, videocassettes, slides or other photographic reproductions which are characterized by an emphasis upon the depiction or description of sexual activities or sexual anatomical areas or employees who, as part of their employment, regularly expose to patrons sexual anatomical areas, and which establishments are customarily not open to the public because they exclude minors by reason of age.
ADULT ESTABLISHMENT
A commercial establishment where a substantial portion of the establishment includes an adult bookstore, adult eating or drinking establishment, adult theater or other adult commercial establishment, or any combination thereof, as defined herein.
ADULT THEATER
An establishment which regularly features one or more of the following, to wit, films, motion pictures, videocassettes, slides or similar photographic reproductions characterized by an emphasis on the depiction or description of sexual activities or sexual anatomical areas or live performances characterized by an emphasis on sexual activities or sexual anatomical areas, which shall include commercial establishments where such materials or performances are viewed from individual enclosures. Adult theater establishments are customarily not open to the public because they exclude minors by reason of age.
ADULT USE
Any person involved in the dissemination of material distinguished or characterized by an emphasis on matter depicting, describing or relating to specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas, including but not limited to adult bookstores, adult theaters and adult entertainment cabarets.
AIRPORT OR HELIPORT
Any area of land which is used or intended for use for the landing and taking off of aircraft; also any appurtenant areas which are used or intended for this use or other airport buildings and facilities.
ALTERATION
A change or rearrangement in the structural parts of a building or an enlargement, whether by extending to a side or by increasing the height.
APARTMENT HOUSE
A building arranged, intended or designed to be occupied by three or more families living independently of each other in rental units.
ASSISTED LIVING
A residential facility of three or more dwelling units providing living quarters restricted to individuals who require access to services but not daily nursing or medical intervention. Incidental uses and/or services may include protective supervision, personal care, social and recreational services, assistance with medical requirements, laundry and transportation service, private or common kitchens/dining facilities, as long as such services are provided to residents only.
[Added 5-15-2012 by L.L. No. 8-2012]
AUTOMOBILE
Any car or truck.
AUTOMOBILE JUNKYARD
See "motor vehicle junkyard."
BANNER
A sign intended to be hung either with or without a frame, possessing characters, letters, illustrations or ornamentations applied to paper, plastic or fabric of any kind, excluding flags and insignia of any government entity.
BASEMENT
The portion of a building that is partially underground which has more than 1/2 of its interior height, measured from floor to ceiling, above the average finished grade of the ground adjoining the building. A basement shall be considered in determining the permissible number of stories in a building.
BED-AND-BREAKFAST
A home occupation involving the rental of no more than six bedrooms as transient accommodations with no full service restaurant facilities and with no more than one nonresident employee.
BILLBOARD
A sign advertising products or uses not made, sold, used or served on the premises displaying such sign.
BOARDER
Any person who rents a room within a dwelling.
BOARDING OR TOURIST HOME
A building containing a single dwelling unit and accommodating for compensation persons who are not the keeper's family.
BUFFER AREA
The ground area of a lot, which shall be left in its natural state or planted, as may be required by the Planning Board. Parking, loading and storage is not allowed in a buffer area.
BUILDING
A structure wholly or partially enclosed within exterior walls and a roof, affording shelter to persons, animals or property.
BUILDING AREA
The total area of a lot covered by all buildings except for patios and similar appurtenances.
BUILDING, PRINCIPAL
A building in which is conducted the main or principal use of the lot on which said building is situated.
BULK
The size and shape of buildings, structures and nonbuilding uses; and the physical relationship of the exterior walls or construction or their location to plot lines and other buildings or structures or other walls or construction of the same building or structure; and all open spaces required in connection with a building or structure. Bulk regulations include, but are not limited to, regulations dealing with lot area, lot area per dwelling unit, frontage, width, height, depth, required yards, courts, usable open space and the length of buildings in a row.
BULLETIN BOARD
Any sign erected by a charitable, educational or religious institution or quasi-public or public body, which is erected upon the same property as said institution for purposes of announcing events which are held on the premises.
BUNGALOW
A dwelling designed for seasonal occupancy.
BUNGALOW COLONY
A group of seasonal dwellings, excluding mobile homes as defined in this Part 1, including rental office and recreational facilities serving the residents of such dwellings.
BUSINESS
Any commercial enterprise, association or arrangement for profit.
BUS STATION
A designated place or location a bus or coach starts or ends its scheduled route. It shall contain appropriate parking for passengers and may contain a building or structure as an office and/or waiting area for passengers.
[Added 4-6-2010 by L.L. No. 3-2010]
CABIN, HUNTING OR FISHING
A structure designed for seasonal occupancy.
CAGE-TYPE POULTRY HOUSE
A structure for the housing of poultry in elevated meshwork pens in which all the processes related to the raising of poultry are accomplished without the removal of the birds from such enclosures.
CAMP
One or more temporary or permanent tents, buildings or structures, together with the lot or tract of land appertaining thereto, established or maintained as living quarters for temporary occupancy.
CAMPER or TRAILER
A vehicle designed for temporary living purposes which does not exceed 32 feet in length and is not provided with water and sewer connection suitable for year round use.
CAMPGROUND
An area of land prepared to be used for two or more temporary residences, including motor vehicles, trailers, tents, boats or sleeping bags.
CELLAR
A story partially underground and having 1/2 or more of its clear height below the finished grade. A cellar shall not be considered in determining the permissible number of stories in a building.
CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY
An official document issued by the Zoning and Building Officer of the town which reflects that the premises therein named and identified complied, to the best of the inspector's knowledge, to the provisions of the Town's Zoning Law and Building Code, and such certificate of occupancy shall list thereon the use of the premises for which said certificate is issued. Any further modifications, be it structural or use, after the issuance of the initial certificate of occupancy, shall require, subject to the provisions of this Part 1, a further certificate of occupancy.
CHANGEABLE-COPY SIGN
A sign on which the message copy can be changed through use of attachable letters and numerals or by electronic switching of lamps or illuminated tubes.
CHURCH
Any structure used for worship, including administrative rooms accessory thereto.
CLUB
An organization catering exclusively to members and their guests, including premises and buildings for social, recreational, service or athletic purposes which are not conducted primarily for gain, provided that there are no vending stands, merchandising or commercial activities except as required generally for the membership and purpose of such club.
CLUBHOUSE OR LODGE
A building or land area used by a membership organization for social or recreational purposes.
CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT
A tract of land designed for a single type of residential use and providing common space from lands gained by reducing lot sizes below the minimum provided by this Part 1. Said open space shall be integrated throughout the development and made available for the use of the residents thereon.
COMMON OPEN SPACE AREA
One or more areas of land or water within a cluster development or planned unit development designed or intended for the use and enjoyment of the residents therein. Such areas may contain complementary structures and improvements for active or passive recreational pursuits as are necessary and appropriate for the benefit and enjoyment of the residents of the development.
CONDOMINIUM
The individual ownership in fee simple of a dwelling unit in a group of residential structures coupled with ownership if an undivided interest in the land and all other parts of the structure held in common with all other owners of such dwellings.
COURT
An unobstructed open area bounded on three or more sides by the walls of a building or buildings.
COURT, INNER
A court which is closed on all four sides, thereby not extending to a street, driveway, parking lot or required yard.
COURT, OUTER
A court which is open on one side, thereby extending to a street, driveway, parking lot or required yard.
DAY CAMP
Any lot, including any buildings or structures thereon, if any, used for assembly of persons for what is commonly known as "day camp" purposes, including any area of land or water, or both, on which are located facilities, accommodations, buildings and/or structures of a design or character suitable for seasonal and/or recreational purposes, primarily for children, but not including any nursery school nor any living quarters except one principal single-family dwelling on the lot.
DAY-CARE CENTER
A facility licensed by the New York State Department of Social Services pursuant to § 390 of the Social Services Law. A day-care center program provides for more than three hours and less than 24 hours per day of care away from the child's home by an individual, association, corporation, institution or agency for seven or more children. A day-care center shall not include any of the following: a day-camp; an after-school program operated for the primary purpose of religious education; or a facility operated by a public school district.
DENSITY
The number of dwelling units per acre of the site, exclusive of underwater lands, wetlands, rights-of-way or easements.
DIRECTLY ILLUMINATED SIGN
Any sign constructed to provide light either through exposed lighting on the sign face or through transparent or translucent material from a light source within the sign.
DIRECTORY SIGN
A sign that lists the names of two or more establishments, persons or agencies which exist on a premises and is located in a place or location common to all; it may consist of several components.
DISSEMINATION
The transfer of possession, custody, control or ownership of or the exhibition or presentation of any performance to a customer, member of the public or business invitee of any material distinguished or characterized by an emphasis on matter depicting, describing or relating to specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas.
DOG KENNEL
Any place where more than five dogs, over six months old, are harbored, boarded, bred and/or offered for sale.
DOMESTIC ANIMALS
As herein defined shall be limited to dogs, cats and rabbits.
DUMP
A parcel of land or part thereof used primarily for the disposal, by abandonment, dumping, burial, burning, or any other means and for whatever purpose, of garbage, sewage, trash, refuse, junk, discarded machinery, vehicles or parts thereof or waste material of any kind.
DUPLEX
A building designed for or occupied exclusively by two families living independently from each other.
DWELLING
A building designed or used as the living quarters for one or more families. The term "dwelling" shall include seasonal homes and mobile homes, provided that they meet all of the requirements of this Part 1, the New York State Building Code and all other regulations, ordinances or local laws applicable to dwellings.
DWELLING, ATTACHED
A series of attached one-family dwelling units, each unit located on its own individual lot.
DWELLING, MULTIPLE
A building or portion thereof containing more than two dwelling units, either attached homes or apartments.
DWELLING, ONE-FAMILY
A detached building containing one unit only.
DWELLING, TWO-FAMILY
A detached building containing two dwelling units only.
DWELLING UNIT
A building or entirely self-contained portion thereof containing housekeeping facilities for only one family, including any domestic servants employed on the premises, and having no enclosed space (other than vestibules, entrance or other hallways or porches) or cooking or sanitary facilities in common with any other dwelling unit. A boardinghouse, dormitory, hotel, inn, nursing or other similar structure shall not be deemed to constitute a dwelling unit.
EATING AND DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT
Any establishment whose principal business is the sale of foods and/or beverages to the customer in a ready-to-consume state.
ENGINEER
A professional engineer licensed to practice in the State of New York.
FAMILY
One or more persons occupying a dwelling unit as a single, nonprofit housekeeping unit. More than five persons, exclusive of domestic servants, not related by blood, marriage or adoption shall not be considered to constitute one family.
FLASHING SIGN
An illuminated sign on which artificial or reflected light is not maintained stationary and constant in intensity and color at all times when in use.
FLOOD OR FLOODING
A general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of normally dry land areas from the overflow of streams, rivers or other inland areas of water, or abnormally high-rising lake waters resulting from severe storms or hurricanes.
FLOODPLAIN, ONE-HUNDRED YEAR
A riverine or lacustrine fringe area subject to flooding with a frequency of up to one occurrence in 100 years, as defined on a map prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on March 9, 1984.
FLOODPROOFING
Any combination of structural and nonstructural additions, changes or adjustments to properties and structures, which reduce or eliminate flood damage to lands, water and sanitary facilities, structures and contents of buildings.
FLOODWAY
The channel of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent land areas required to carry and discharge a flood of any given magnitude.
(1) 
The sum of the gross horizontal area of every floor of a building, measured from the exterior faces of the exterior walls, or from the center line of party walls separating the two units, including:
(a) 
Basement space.
(b) 
Attic space, whether or not a floor has been laid, in which there is a structural headroom of 7 1/2 feet or more.
(2) 
However, floor area does not include:
(a) 
A cellar space (except that cellar space within a commercial or industrial building shall be included for the purpose of calculating the required off-street loading berth).
(b) 
Terraces, unroofed open porches and steps.
(c) 
Partially or fully enclosed off-street parking and loading berths.
FLOOR AREA, LIVABLE
See "floor area."
FLOOR AREA RATIO
The quotient of the total floor area of a building divided by its lot area.
FOWL
Includes, but is not limited to, domesticated birds, such as chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and pheasants.
GARAGE, PRIVATE
An enclosed space for the storage of one or more motor vehicles, provided that no business, occupation or service is conducted for profit therein nor space therein for more than one car is leased to a nonresident of the premises.
GARAGE, PUBLIC
Any garage other than a private garage, available to the public, operated for gain, and which is used for storage, repair, rental, greasing, washing, servicing, adjusting or equipping of automobiles or other motor vehicles.
GARDEN HOUSE
A greenhouse.
GASOLINE FILLING STATION
Any area of land, including structures thereon, that is used or designed to be used for the supply of gasoline, oil and other fuel for the propulsion or motor vehicles.
GASOLINE SERVICE STATION
Any use of land, including any building or structure thereon, that is used for the supply of gasoline, oil and other fuel for propulsion of motor vehicles, including polishing, greasing, washing, servicing or repairing of motor vehicles, but excluding bodywork or painting.
(1) 
The sum of the horizontal area of every floor of a building designed for tenant occupancy and exclusive use, measured from the exterior faces of the exterior walls and from the center line of party walls separating the two units, including:
(a) 
Basement space.
(b) 
Mezzanine space.
(c) 
Upper floor area.
(2) 
However, gross leasable area does not include public or common areas, such as public toilets, corridors, stairwells, elevators, machine and equipment rooms, lobbies or mall areas, whether open or closed.
GROUP HOUSING
Housing designed for occupancy by groups of unrelated persons, such as rooming houses, boardinghouses, dormitories, fraternity houses, sorority houses, migrant labor houses, convents and monasteries.
HABITABLE LOOP AREA
The sum of the cross horizontal area of the floor or floors of a dwelling unit as measured from the interior walls of all rooms. Floor space shared in common with other dwelling units or used for storage purposes or in the operation or maintenance of the building shall not be included in computing floor area.
HEIGHT
The vertical distance measured from the average elevation of the finished grade along the side of the structure fronting on the nearest street to the highest point of such structure.
HOME OCCUPATION
Any gainful occupation conducted within a dwelling exclusively by the residents thereof, clearly secondary to the use of the dwelling for living purposes and that does not change the character of the structure as a residence or the surrounding neighborhood. Said activity shall not occupy more than 40% of the ground floor area of the dwelling, if so used, and shall not involve more than two nonresidential employees. Permissible home occupations include, but are not limited to, the following: art studio, dressmaking, office of a clergyman, lawyer, architect, engineer, chiropractor or accountant, with usage limited to two clients at any time; teaching, with musical, dancing or other instruction limited to one pupil at a time. However, "home occupations" shall not be construed to include uses such as the following: clinic or hospital, offices of a medical doctor or dentist (with the exception of a chiropractor), barbershop or beauty parlor, real estate office, restaurant, animal hospital or dog kennel.
[Amended 4-17-2012 by L.L. No. 4-2012]
HOSPITAL
An institution providing health services, primarily for inpatients, and medical or surgical care of the sick or injured, including as an integral part of the institution such related facilities and staff offices.
HOTEL
One or more buildings containing rooms intended to be used, or which are used, rented or hired out to be occupied for sleeping purposes by guests, and where only a general kitchen and dining room are provided within the building or an accessory building.
ILLUMINATED SIGN
A sign lighted by electricity, gas or other artificial light, either from the interior or exterior of the sign.
INCOME
A family's total gross income from all sources, plus 10% of all assets, excluding personal property.
INDIRECTLY ILLUMINATED SIGN
Any sign which is lighted from a light source that is separate from the sign face or cabinet and is directed so as to shine on the sign.
INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENT
See "manufacturing establishment."
INSTITUTION
A nonprofit corporation, or nonprofit establishment for public use.
JUNKYARD
An area of land, including buildings thereon, which is primarily for the collecting, storage and sale of wastepaper, rags, scrap metal or discarded material, or for the collecting, dismantling, storage or salvaging of machinery or vehicles not in running condition and for the sale of parts there. Two or more motor vehicles stored outside without current, valid registration for a period of 60 days shall constitute a "junkyard," except a licensed motor vehicle dealer may have more than two vehicles so long as not more than two of such vehicles are inoperable.
KENNEL
See "dog kennel."
LABORATORY
A building or part of a building devoted to the testing and analysis of any product or animal, including humans. No manufacturing is conducted on the premises, except for experimental or testing purposes.
LIVESTOCK
Animals, including but not limited to domestic animals, such as sheep, horses, cattle and goats.
LOADING SPACE
An exterior off-street space available for the loading or unloading of goods and having direct usable access to a street.
LOCAL LAW
The Zoning Local Law of the Town of Thompson, New York, including all amendments to said Zoning Local law and all local laws amending said Zoning Local Law.
LODGING HOUSE
A building, other than a hotel or motel, where lodging is provided, without meals, for compensation.
LOT
A portion or parcel of land considered as a unit, devoted to a certain use or uses or occupied by a building or group of buildings that are united by a common interest or use, and the customary accessories and open space belonging to the same.
LOT AREA
The total area of a lot as computed from a survey by a licensed surveyor or as calculated by multiplying the average distance between side lot lines measured along the street line and the rear lot line, by the average distance between the street line and the rear lot line measured along the side lot lines.
LOT, CORNER
A lot at the junction of and fronting on two or more intersecting streets.
LOT COVERAGE
The percentage of the area of the lot covered by a building or buildings.
LOT DEPTH
The minimum distance from the street line of a lot to the rear lot line of such lot.
LOT LINE
Any boundary of a lot other than a street line.
LOT LINE, FRONT
The lot line coinciding with the right-of-way or street line of a public or private road providing access to the lot.
LOT LINE, REAR
The lot line generally opposite the street line.
LOT LINE, SIDE
Any lot line that is not a front lot line or a rear lot line.
LOT WIDTH
The distance between side lot lines measured at the required minimum yard depth or at a point of the principal structure closest to the front lot line measured along a line parallel to a line connecting the end points of the front lot line.
MANUFACTURING
Any process whereby the nature, size or shape of articles or raw materials are changed, or where articles are assembled or packaged in quantity.
MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENT
Any establishment which utilizes a process whereby the nature, size or shape of articles or raw materials is changed, or where articles or raw materials are assembled or packaged in quantity.
MINI-WAREHOUSE
A public facility for the storage of household and business belongings in separate, individual, secure compartments or rooms.
MOBILE HOME
A factory-built one-family dwelling constructed on a chassis to facilitate its transportation to the site. Such structures shall be at least 14 feet wide and 70 feet long and shall meet the Mobile Home Construction and Safety Standards of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and applicable standards of the New York State Building Code. A mobile home shall not be constructed to be a travel trailer or recreational vehicle.
MOBILE HOME COURT
An area of land under single ownership which has been planned and improved for the placement of two or more mobile homes for nontransient dwelling purposes.
MOBILE HOME, DOUBLE-WIDE
A factory-built one-family dwelling constructed on a chassis to facilitate its transportation to the site. Such structures shall be at least 20 feet wide and 50 feet long, shall have roofs of asphalt composition with a minimum pitch three vertical to 12 horizontal and shall meet the Mobile Home Construction and Safety Standards of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and applicable standards of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. A double-wide mobile home shall not be construed to be a modular home, a travel trailer or a recreational vehicle.
MOBILE HOME SALES LOT
Any area of land upon which mobile homes are placed for purposes of sale or display.
MODERATE-INCOME FAMILY
A family whose aggregate gross income from all sources, including income of all family members at the time of application, but excluding the earnings of working minors (under 21 years of age) who attend school full-time, does not exceed the currently applicable maximum income for the family size.
MODULAR HOME
A factory-built dwelling without a chassis or running gear constructed and installed in accordance with the regulations of the New York State Building Code.
MOTEL
Any establishment consisting of a building or group of buildings providing living or sleeping accommodations with individual bathrooms, and designed for use by transient automobile travelers.
MOTOR VEHICLE, JUNKED
Any motor vehicle no longer in condition for legal use on the public highways.
MOTOR VEHICLE JUNKYARD
An area of land, with or without buildings, used for or occupied by a deposit, collection or storage outside a completely enclosed building of used or discarded motor vehicles, or parts thereof; with or without the dismantling, wrecking, salvage, sale or other use or the disposition of the same. A deposit or storage on a lot, vacant or improved, of more than one motor vehicle, which is unlicensed and not in condition for legal use on public highways, for a period of more than two weeks in any district shall constitute a motor vehicle junkyard.
MOTOR VEHICLE RENTAL/LEASING ESTABLISHMENT
An establishment engaged in the short-term rental or long-term leasing of passenger cars, vans or trucks without drivers.
MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIR GARAGE
A building used for the servicing and repair of motor vehicles, including bodywork; such repair work shall be wholly within a completely enclosed building.
MOTOR VEHICLE SALES ESTABLISHMENT
A premises, including open area and showrooms enclosed within a building used for the display or sale of new or used motor vehicles, provided that such establishment is a franchised dealer or a factory-owned dealership.
MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICE STATION
A building or lot or part thereof where refueling and related services, including washing or motor vehicles, are offered for gain, but not including the storing, holding or display of the same for sale, resale, lease or retail except as to the holding of a vehicle for not more than 60 days for insurance appraisal purposes covering property damage claims, and except as to the holding of a vehicle for the required period to perfect or protect a garageman's lien pursuant to statute.
MULTIPLE TENANT OCCUPANCIES
A building or structure in which separate, independently owned or rented and operated occupancies are contained.
NET FLOOR AREA
All occupiable area within the perimeter walls of each space, excluding common area, floor openings, stairs, elevator shafts, flues, pipe shafts, vertical ducts, columns, balconies, mechanical spaces, outdoor sales areas, cooking spaces, incinerating area, janitorial closets, electrical closets, washrooms, exiting and service corridors, storage, offices and such areas not available for the sale of merchandise or service. "Net floor area" shall include outdoor sales and permanent kiosk areas.
NONCONFORMING BUILDING OR USE
A building or use that does not conform to the regulations prescribed for the district in which it is situated.
NONCONFORMING BULK
The part of the building, structure or nonbuilding use which does not conform to one or more of the applicable bulk regulations of this chapter.
NURSERY SCHOOL
An instructional facility for preschool children, usually between ages three and five, providing care for less than three hours a day. Schools may hold two sessions daily.
NURSING HOME
A home for the aged, where chronically ill or incurable persons are received, kept or provided with food, shelter and care for compensation, but not including hospitals, clinics or similar institutions devoted primarily to the diagnosis and treatment of the sick or injured.
OFFICE, BUSINESS
A building wherein business sales, service and professional activities are conducted, which activities may include but are not limited to administrative and executive functions, but shall exclude any retail stores, manufacturing and processing. Offices for medical and dental clinics are permitted subject to adherence to the minimum provisions applicable to said use as provided by this chapter.
OFF--SITE SIGN
A sign which directs attention to a business, commodity, service, entertainment or attraction sold, offered or existing elsewhere than upon the same lot where such sign is displayed, provided that an off-site sign may also display a noncommercial message.
OFF-STREET PARKING AREA OR SPACE
An area of a lot separated from a street and available for the parking of one or more motor vehicles, having direct access to a street or alley. Each parking space shall provide at least two feet of clearance on all sides of any vehicle to be parked.
ON-SITE SIGN
A sign which directs attention to a business, commodity, service or entertainment or attraction sold, offered or existing on the same lot where such sign is displayed, provided that an on-site sign may also display a noncommercial message.
OUTDOOR SALES
The sale of merchandise or food conducted outside of a building, on either a temporary or a permanent basis, but excluding garage sales when conducted by the occupant of a residential property no more than two days per year and the sale of farm or garden produce, when conducted as an accessory use as provided in Article IV of this Part 1.
PAINTED WALL DECORATIONS
Displays painted directly on a wall and designed and intended as a decorative or ornamental feature and providing no advertising of any kind.
PAINTED WALL HIGHLIGHTS
Painted areas which highlight a building's architectural or structural features.
PARKING SPACE
An off-street space available for the parking of one licensed motor vehicle on a transient basis and having direct usable access to a street.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
PERSONAL SERVICE SHOP
An establishment which provides work done or duties performed for humans, such as a barbershop, beauty parlor, tailor shop, dressmaker shop, shoe repair shop, etc.
PET
Any domestic animal that is kept or treated with affection and may properly and safely be permitted within a dwelling unit.
PHILANTHROPIC INSTITUTION
An institution which is charitable, benevolent, generous and humane; one that is interested in the general human welfare, especially through gifts to charities and endowments for human advancement.
PLANNED BUSINESS PARK
A tract of land that may provide for more than one type of commercial use, which is designed to be developed and maintained, through covenants and restrictions that run with the land, as a unit in order to provide for quiet, clean, well-maintained professional, administrative, research and design uses.
PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT
A tract of land which may provide more than one type of residential land use and ancillary or commercial use and designed to be maintained and operated as a unit, in single ownership or control, and sharing certain facilities in common, such as open space, yards, off-street parking and recreation facilities.
PLANNING BOARD
The Planning Board of the Town of Thompson.
PORTABLE SIGN
A sign not permanently affixed to the ground, a building or other structure, which may be moved from place to place.
POULTRY
Includes, but is not limited to, domesticated fowls, such as chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons, guinea hens and pheasants, raised in confinement. Poultry shall not include rarities.
PUBLIC SEWER
Sewage disposal systems accepted by the Town Board as meeting the standards required for municipal operations and operated by the Town of Thompson. A district must be formed and accepted by the Town Board.
PUBLIC UTILITY
A business or service which is of public consequence and need, such as electricity, gas, water or telephone service.
PUBLIC WATER
Water supply systems accepted by the Town Board as meeting the standards required for municipal operations by the Town of Thompson. A district must be formed and accepted by the Town Board.
QUARRY or QUARRYING OPERATIONS
Any place where stone, sand, gravel, minerals or other natural material, except topsoil, is removed for the purpose of sale or any other commercial purpose other than such as may be incidental to excavating or regrading in connection with or in anticipation of building or landscaping on a lot.
REAL ESTATE SIGN
A sign pertaining to the sale, lease or rent of the premises or a portion of the premises on which the sign is located.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
A vehicular-type transportable structure, without a permanent foundation, which can be towed, hauled or driven and is designed primarily to be a temporary living accommodation for recreational, camping and travel use, including but not limited to a travel trailer, truck camper, camping trailer and self-propelled motor home.
RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION
See "church."
RESEARCH FACILITY
A facility which conducts studies and investigations in a particular field of knowledge, which is undertaken to establish facts or principles.
RESIDENCE
A building or part thereof which contains one or more dwelling units for permanent occupancy, but not including a boardinghouse, motel, hotel or summer colony.
RETAIL STORE
A use devoted exclusively to the retail sale of commodities directly to consumers.
(1) 
A living room (as specified in § 4 of the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law) within a dwelling unit, except that, for the purpose of determining lot area, requirements for a habitable room shall not include any of the following:
(a) 
Kitchen;
(b) 
Foyers, bathrooms, toilets, public or private halls, corridors or passageways.
(c) 
Dining alcoves, dinettes or other dining spaces (without limit as to size) when not separated by walls or doors from other habitable rooms, or cooking spaces.
(2) 
As a guide, an efficiency apartment contains one habitable room, a one-bedroom apartment contains two habitable rooms; a two-bedroom apartment contains three habitable rooms; and a three-bedroom apartment contains four habitable rooms.
SALVAGE YARD
The collection, storage, dumping, disassembling, dismantling, salvaging, sorting or otherwise handling or arranging for sale, resale, storage or disposal of any secondhand or used property of whatever material it may be composed, whether of wood, paper, cloth, cardboard, plastic, metal, stone or concrete.
SANITARIUM
An institution for the recuperation and treatment of persons suffering from physical or mental disorders.
SCHOOL
A place for systematic instruction in any branch or branches of knowledge.
SCREENING
The blocking, shielding or concealment of views, vistas and noise through a proper and well-designed scheme of planting trees, shrubs, hedges or vines, or the installation of a fence approved by the Planning Board.
SERVICE SHOP
An establishment which provides work done or duties performed for others, such as maintenance, installation, repairs, etc., that are provided by a dealer. See also "personal service shop."
SEXUAL ACTIVITIES
For purpose of defining "adult establishment," sexual activities include, but are not limited to, depictions of human genitals in the state of sexual stimulation or arousal or actual or simulated acts of human sexual activities, such as sexual intercourse or sodomy or fondling or other erotic touching of human genitals, pubic regions, buttocks, anus or female breasts.
SEXUAL ANATOMICAL AREAS
For purpose of defining "adult establishment," sexual anatomical areas are less than completely and opaquely concealed human genitals or pubic regions, human buttocks, anus or female breasts below a point immediately above the top of the areola or human male genitals in a discernibly turgid state, even if completely and opaquely concealed.
SHOPPING CENTER
A group of commercial establishments planned, constructed and managed as a total entity, consisting of four or more separate commercial establishments or 25,000 square feet or more of floor area, with customer and employee parking provided on site, regardless of whether said establishments occupy separate structures.
SIGN
Any letter, word, model, banner, pennant, insignia, device or representation used as or which is in the nature of an advertisement, attraction or directive when located out of doors or on the exterior of any building.
SIGN AREA
Includes all faces of a sign measured as follows:
(1) 
When such sign is on a plate or framed or outlined, all of the area of such plate or the area enclosed by Such frame or outline shall be included;
(2) 
When such sign consists of only letters, designs or figures engraved, painted or projected or in any manner affixed on a wall, the total area of such sign shall be deemed the area within which all of the matter of which such sign consists is inscribed.
SIGN COVERAGE RATIO
The quotient of the first floor area of a building divided by its lot area.
SIGN, DIRECTIONAL
Any sign which is designed solely for the purpose of traffic or pedestrian direction and is placed on the property to which or on which the public is directed and which contains no advertising copy.
SIGN STRUCTURE
Any structure which supports or is capable of supporting any sign. A sign structure may be a single pole and may or may not be an integral part of the building.
(1) 
Less than completely and opaquely covered human genitals, pubic region or female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola.
(2) 
Human male genitals in a discernibly turgid state even if completely and opaquely covered.
(1) 
Human genitals in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal.
(2) 
Acts of human masturbation, sexual intercourse or sodomy.
(3) 
Fondling or other erotic touching of human genitals, pubic region, buttock or female breast.
STORAGE
The holding or safekeeping of goods in a warehouse or other depository to await the happening of some future event or contingency which will call for the removal of the goods.
STORY
That part of any building, exclusive of cellars but inclusive of basements, comprised between the level of the next higher finished floor, or, if there is no higher finished floor, then that part of the building comprised between the level of the highest finished floor and the top of the roof beams.
STREET
A public or private way which affords principal means of access to abutting properties.
STREET LINE
The dividing line between a lot and the right-of-way of a street or, where no right-of-way has been established, the dividing line between a lot and a street.
STRIPPING OF LAND
The excavation, to any depth and for any purpose, of any area of over 1,000 square feet, not including trenches for installation or maintenance of public utilities.
STRUCTURE
A combination of materials forming a construction that is safe and stable, including, among other things, stadiums, platforms, radio towers, sheds, storage bins, billboards and display signs.
(1) 
In a sole proprietorship, an individual who owns, operates, controls or conducts, directly or indirectly, any premises, building or location upon which any adult use takes place.
(2) 
In a partnership, limited or general, an individual who shares in any potential profits or losses of the business or who operates, controls or conducts, directly or indirectly, any premises, building or location upon which any adult use takes place or who shares in the ownership of any of the assets of the partnership business.
(3) 
In a corporation, an individual who is an officer, director or holder, either directly, indirectly or beneficially, or owns more than 20% of any class of stock or who operates, controls or conducts, directly or indirectly, any premises, building or location upon which any adult use takes place.
(4) 
Any person who furnishes more than 20% of the capital financing or assets of such business, whether in cash, goods or services.
SUBSTANTIAL OR SIGNIFICANT PORTION
Includes a place with only a portion or section of its area set aside for the display or sale to adults of material characterized by an emphasis on the depiction or description of specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas, except that any place otherwise included within this definition that can prove that not more than 10% of its square footage is devoted to the display of or sale of material characterized by an emphasis on the depiction or description of specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas shall be exempt from the provisions of this Part 1 so long as such material is kept out of the reach and visibility of minors.
SURVEYOR
A land surveyor licensed to practice in. the State of New York.
SWIMMING POOL
An artificially created body of water having a depth, at any given point, greater than two feet, used or intended to be used for swimming or bathing, and constructed, installed or maintained in or above the ground.
TOWNHOUSE
A building consisting of a series of noncommunicating one-family sections, each owned in fee simple, having a common wall between each two adjacent sections.
TRAILER
Any type of portable structure, whether on wheels, skids, rollers, blocks or foundation supports, which is capable of being used for living or sleeping purposes.
TRAILER, CONSTRUCTION
Any type of portable structure standing on wheels, skids or rollers, towed or hauled by another vehicle and used on a construction site to store materials and equipment, but not being used for living or sleeping purposes.
TRAILER, TRUCK
Any type of portable structure standing on wheels, skids or rollers, towed or hauled by another vehicle and used for carrying materials, goods or objects, but not being used for living or sleeping purposes.
TURBIDITY
The measurement of suspended solids in a water body, measured in milligrams per liter, during average low flow conditions.
UNDER CANOPY
Projecting sign placed at a ninety-degree angle to the building facade or a business establishment and attached to the ceiling of a canopy or covered walkway or attached to the storefront or building facade to facilitate identification of the particular business establishment.
USE
The specific purposes for which land or a building is used or occupied or maintained.
USE, ACCESSORY
A structure or use incidental to a permitted use authorized within a zoning district and subject to approval by the Zoning and Building Officer.
USED AUTOMOBILE LOT
A parcel of land, which may include structures, used for the display and sale of used automobiles and where no repair work is conducted.
USE, NONCONFORMING
A use of a building and/or land which was lawfully established but which does not conform to the use regulations for the district in which it is located. It may or may not involve any principal building.
USE, PERMITTED
A use of land specifically authorized within a zoning district and subject to approval by the Zoning and Building Officer.
USE, PRINCIPAL
The primary purpose or function that a lot serves or is intended to serve.
USE, SPECIAL
A use of land specifically authorized within a zoning district and subject to the approval of the Planning Board in accordance with the standards provided for such use.
VETERINARY HOSPITAL
A facility for the medical and/or surgical care of sick or injured animals.
WADING POOL
An artificially created body of water having a depth, at any given point, not exceeding two feet, used or intended to be used for wading.
WETLAND, PROTECTED
An area subject to continued marginal inundation or saturation of soil such that it contains specific indicator vegetation types, as defined on a map prepared by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and all land within 100 feet of such wetland boundary or defined by the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE).
WHOLESALE ESTABLISHMENT
An establishment which generally sells goods in large quantities and at reduced prices, especially the sale of goods to retainers who in turn sell to consumers.
YARD, FRONT
An unoccupied ground area, open to the sky, within and extending the full width of the lot between the street line and the principal building located on such lot.
YARD, REAR
An unoccupied ground area, open to the sky, between the rear lot line and a line drawn parallel thereto at the rear of the principal building.
YARD, REQUIRED
Open and unobstructed ground area of a lot, extending inward from the lot line the distance specified in the regulations for the district in which the lot is located.
YARD, REQUIRED FRONT
The ground between the street line and the front of a building nearest the street line.
YARD, SIDE
An unoccupied ground area, open the sky, between any property line other than a front or rear lot line, and a line drawn parallel thereto, and between the front and rear yards at the principal building.