Township of Lower, NJ
Cape May County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Lower 12-10-1975 as Sec. 14-1 of the 1975 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Private campgrounds — See Ch. 213.
Trailers — See Ch. 617.
Within the limits of the Township, no person or legal entity shall conduct or carry on the business of the operation of a trailer camp or camp site, or work in, occupy, directly or indirectly, in an manner whatsoever or utilize any place or premises as a trailer camp or camp site.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Any device or unit commonly known as a "trailer," "trailer coach," "mobile home," "camp car," or similar unit used or capable of being used for living, sleeping, or business purposes, by one or more persons, and equipped with, or capable of being equipped with, wheels or similar devices used for transporting said unit from place to place, whether said unit be self-propelled or otherwise; and the word "trailer" shall also include any unit which at any time heretofore was manufactured or designed for any of the purposes, or intended to be used for any of the purposes.
Any place where a trailer is parked for longer than three hours other than an enclosed building or other than a place where a trailer is parked pursuant to § 612-10.
Nothing in § 612-1 or 612-2 shall make it unlawful to continue operation and occupancy of any trailer camp or camp site now in existence in the Township. Any camp site or trailer camp now in existence in the Township may be continued, provided that the operator of the trailer camp secures a license for the camp within 90 days of January 2, 1961. Any such license shall expire on December 31 next succeeding the effective date of its issuance. The license may be renewed for a yearly period during December of each succeeding year, the licensing period to run from January 1 through the following December 31.
Any such license for continuation of an existing trailer camp shall be applied for in a written application filed with the Township Clerk. Such application shall set forth the full name and address of the applicant, the particular kind or character of business to be carried on or conducted, the number of vehicles parked, the location or place of the premises in or at which the same is to be carried on, and the total area of the ground space thereon and a diagram of the same.
[Amended by Ord. No. 84-14A]
The license fee for a trailer camp or camp site shall be $50 per year. A fee of $4 per month or portion thereof shall be imposed on all transient trailers. A fee of $4 per month or portion thereof shall be imposed on all trailers being stored.
Each licensee shall maintain a camp registry, which shall set forth the license number and description of each trailer, the license number of each automobile, date of arrival, and the date of departure. The licensee shall submit one copy of the register to the Township Clerk at the end of each month, together with the license fee for the past month based on the number of trailers so registered.
Failure on the part of the trailer camp operator to file his monthly report with the Township Clerk, together with his payment of fees, within 15 days after the report and payment is due, shall make the trailer camp license of the operator subject to suspension or revocation by the Township Council.
In the event that a trailer camp operator shall falsify his monthly report or conduct his trailer camp in an unlawful manner, the trailer camp license shall be subject to suspension or revocation by order of the Township Council.
Unpaid license fees shall constitute a lien upon the property of the trailer camp operator.
Notwithstanding any other provision of any ordinance previously adopted by the Township, new applications for trailer camps shall be made to the Township Clerk, accompanied by an accurate plan of the camp and a metes and bounds description of the land upon which the camp will be operated. The application shall first be considered by the Township Planning Board, and upon the recommendation of the Township Planning Board the final authorization for said new permit shall be by majority vote of the Township Council, supported by a municipal resolution.
[Amended by Ord. No. 85-3]
It shall be unlawful for any person to use a trailer for purposes of habitation except as provided hereunder. In the event that a homeowner is displaced from his single-family dwelling because same has suffered fire damage equal to or in excess of 75% of the entire structure, then, and in that case only, said homeowner may make application to the Construction Official for a permit to inhabit a temporary trailer. Such application must be accompanied by the following:
Evidence that the applicant is the owner of the land in question;
A description of the land on which the trailer is to be placed;
Evidence that the preexisting single-family dwelling unit suffered fire damage of 75% or more;
Proof that said fire damage has rendered the dwelling uninhabitable;
Proof that the homeowner resided therein prior to the fire;
Proof that the applicant intends to reconstruct a single-family dwelling upon said lands;
Evidence of the availability of an adequate water supply and sewer and drainage facilities at such location; and
An application for a building permit for the reconstruction of said single-family dwelling.
Upon receipt of said application, the Construction Official shall verify the veracity of the statements contained in said application. Upon verification of the truth of the statements made in the application, the Construction Official shall issue a temporary trailer permit to the applicant. Said permit shall be valid for a term of one month and may be renewed five times. Prior to each said renewal, the Construction Official shall investigate and determine what progress, if any, the homeowner has made in reconstructing his single-family dwelling. In the event that the Construction Official determines that the homeowner is not taking appropriate steps to reconstruct his single-family dwelling, the Construction Official shall void the permit. In the event the homeowner continues to maintain the temporary trailer on the premises, he shall be subject to the penalty provisions of § 612-22 of this chapter. The homeowner shall pay a fee of $1 per month for each month during which he maintains the temporary trailer on said premises.
Every trailer camp shall be equipped with an adequate supply of pure drinking water. The water supply shall be obtained from faucets only, conveniently located in the campground, and no dipping vessels or common cups shall be permitted.
There shall be provided in every existing campground as sanitary accommodations one women's toilet and one men's toilet, all properly connected with adequate cesspools or septic tanks, or have toilet facilities of each trailer connected directly with adequate cesspools and septic tanks. All septic tanks and cesspools shall be approved by the Board of Health.
There shall be provided in every campground or camp site such number of tight receptacles with close-fitting metal covers for garbage, refuse, ashes and rubbish as may be deemed necessary by the Township Board of Health, and such garbage receptacles shall at all times be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.
It shall be unlawful to permit any wastewater or matter from sinks, baths, cesspools, septic tanks, or other plumbing fixtures or means of disposal, in camp cars and/or trailers, to be deposited upon the surface of the ground, and all such fixtures and devices, when in use, must be connected to the camp disposal system, or the drainage therefrom must be disposed of in a manner satisfactory to the Board of Health.
Every trailer camp or camp site shall be provided with means of lighting the same at night, and all public water closets and power units shall be provided with sufficient lighting fixtures to illuminate the immediate area properly.
Any water faucet, toilet, garbage receptacle, or other equipment required by the provisions of this chapter in campgrounds or which may hereafter be required by any rules and regulations of the Board of Health pertaining to campgrounds shall be in addition to and shall not be construed to mean water faucets, toilets, garbage receptacles or other equipment now or hereafter located in or adjacent to the campground and which may already or hereafter be required under provisions of other laws or ordinances.
It shall be unlawful for any person owning or operating a camp car and/or trailer located in a campground to remove or cause to have removed the wheels or any similar transporting device from said camp car and/or trailer, or to otherwise permanently fix it to the ground, in a manner that would prevent ready removal of said camp car and/or trailer.
No person shall permit any trailer to be used for immoral purposes or suffer the violation thereon or therein of any penal law or of any ordinances of the Township.
All trailers shall at all times comply with all proper police, health and fire regulations, imposed by the Township Council or Board of Health.
All trailer camps and sites and premises where conducted shall be subject to examination and inspection by day or night by the Township Council or a committee thereof, and by the fire and health authorities of the Township.
In case of the failure or refusal to comply with any of the terms or provisions of this chapter, the Township Committee may effect notice and hearing and refuse or revoke any license applied for, or granted hereunder.
Nothing herein contained shall be construed to make illegal any continued occupancy of any trailer occupied on January 2, 1961. Within this section, a trailer shall be deemed occupied if set up for occupancy.
[Amended by Ord. No. 85-3]
Any person, firm, or corporation who or which shall violate any term or provision of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both. For purposes of this chapter, each twenty-four-hour period during which the violation exists shall constitute a separate and distinct violation of this chapter.