Township of Swatara, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Swatara as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fees — See Ch. 147.
Health and sanitation — See Ch. 169.
Zoning — See Ch. 295.
[Adopted 2-5-1954 by Ord. No. 78 (Ch. 14, Part 1, of the 1990 Code)]

§ 191-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Any vehicle used, or maintained for use, as a conveyance upon highways or streets, so designed and so constructed as to permit occupancy thereof as a temporary dwelling or sleeping place for one or more persons, having no other foundation other than wheels or jacks.
A unit of level, adequately drained ground of definite size, clearly indicated by corner markers for the placing of a trailer coach or a trailer coach and tow car.
Any site, lot, field, or tract or ground upon which two or more trailer coaches are placed, and shall include any building, structure, tent, vehicle or enclosure used or intended for use as a part of the equipment of such park.

§ 191-2 Permit for parking outside of trailer park.

[Amended 4-14-1976 by Ord. No. 1976-3]
It shall be unlawful, within the limits of Swatara Township for any person to park any trailer coach of any kind on any street, alley, highway, or other public place in Swatara Township.
No trailer coach shall be parked, used, or occupied on any tract or ground within Swatara Township except as provided in this article.
No person shall park, use, or occupy any trailer coach for more than 48 hours on the premises of any occupied dwelling, nor for more than 24 hours on any lot which is not a part of the premises of any occupied dwelling, unless a permit therefor shall have been first obtained, nor shall any person permit such parking, use, or occupancy unless the occupant of the trailer coach shall first have obtained a permit therefor.
A permit shall be obtained by the trailer coach occupant for any location outside of a trailer park from the Building Inspector, who issues such licenses for other privileges. The permit shall be for a period of five days and at a fee to be fixed from time to time by the Board of Commissioners. The permit shall be granted only upon the written consent of the owner, legal agent of the owner, or the lessee of the location for which the permit is issued.
Application for the permit shall contain the street and number of the occupied dwelling, the name of the occupant of the said dwelling and his permission to locate; a statement of the nature and location of sanitary facilities and the permission of the occupant of the dwelling house for their use; and a statement that all wastewater for trailer coach sinks shall be emptied into a proper sewer connected fixture. Application for permit to locate on a vacant lot shall contain the street with the name and approximate distance from the nearest intersection; a statement of the nature and location of sanitary facilities; and a statement that all wastewater from the trailer coach shall be emptied into a proper sewer connected fixture.
The use of trailer coach plumbing fixtures is prohibited unless the fixtures meet the requirements noted in § 191-10B and C.

§ 191-3 Permit for trailer park.

[Amended 4-14-1976 by Ord. No. 1976-3]
It shall be unlawful within Swatara Township for any person or persons to construct or operate a trailer park without first securing a permit.
No trailer park shall be operated within Swatara Township except as provided in this article.
The permit for a trailer park shall be obtained from the Building Inspector, at a fee to be fixed from time to time by the Board of Commissioners, and shall be for a period of 12 months. Applications for renewal of permits may be made within 30 days prior to expiration. Such renewal shall be for a period of 12 months, and that fee shall also be fixed by the Board of Commissioners.
Permit for trailer parks must be conspicuously displayed at all times.
There shall be no refund for an unused permit.

§ 191-4 Application for trailer park permit.

Any applicant for permit to operate a trailer park shall agree in his application that a responsible attendant shall be in charge of the trailer park at all times. At the time of application the names of the attendants to be in active charge of the proposed trailer park and their hours of duty shall be set forth. Any changes after the permit is granted shall be filed with the authority issuing the permit within 30 days from the date of change. Such attendant shall supervise the park and be, together with the licensee, responsible for any violation of the provisions of this article which occurs in the operation of such a trailer park.
With each application a park plan indicating the information required in § 191-5, Park plan, shall be submitted to the Building Inspector, for inspection and approval. The application for license must include the name and address of the applicant and a legal description and complete plan of the proposed park, containing the information required by § 191-5.

§ 191-5 Park plan.

The park shall be located on a well-drained site suitable for the purpose; shall have an entrance and exit well marked and easily controlled and supervised; shall have surface roads not less than 18 feet wide, well drained, plainly marked in the daytime, adequately lighted at night, and easily accessible to all trailer coaches; and walkways to the various buildings shall be surfaced and adequately lighted, paved and at least two feet wide.
The trailer coach park shall provide lots for each trailer coach, boundaries to be indicated by corner markers, with an area not less than 1,000 square feet, with a minimum width of 25 feet and a minimum depth of 40 feet. Each trailer coach shall be located so that there shall be at least 20 feet clearance between coaches.
No tow car shall be parked on a trailer coach lot. Separate provision shall be made for the parking of tow cars at a site removed from the trailer lots, at a rate of one off-street parking space for each trailer lot in the park. At least 10 feet from any building, and at least as far from the building line as the nearest adjacent permanent building on the same lot; and at least 20 feet from the property line. A minimum of 3,000 square feet of play space shall be provided for trailer parks of 10 or less trailer lots. An additional 200 square feet of play space shall be provided for each trailer lot in trailer parks containing more than 10 trailer lots.
Adequate space shall be provided to afford space for clothes drying adjoining laundry facilities; locations for burning space and incinerator space.
The park plan required by § 191-4B shall provide a legal description and map clearly setting out the following information:
The extent and area to be used for park purposes.
Driveway at entrance and exits, roadways and walkways.
Location of sites for trailer coaches.
Location and number of proposed sanitary conveniences, including proposed toilets, washrooms, laundries, laundry drying space, and utility rooms.
Method and plan of sewage disposal.
Method and plan of garbage removal.
Plan of water supply.
Plan of electric lighting.
Incinerator and burning space.
Children's play area.

§ 191-6 Zoning of trailer parks.

A trailer park shall be established in accordance with any zoning regulation now or hereafter in effect.

§ 191-7 Water supply.

[Amended 4-14-1976 by Ord. No. 1976-3]
A sufficient supply of pure, healthful drinking water, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, not more than 2,200 feet from any trailer coach shall be provided in convenient locations. No common drinking vessel shall be provided. Waste from this supply shall be emptied into a drain connected to an approved disposal system. An abundant supply of hot water shall be provided at all times for bathing, washing, and laundry facilities. There shall be no drinking water in toilet compartments. If water is from a private source, it shall be tested for sanitary quality at intervals of 365 days. Tests shall be made by a laboratory approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Tests shall be paid for by the permittee.

§ 191-8 Toilets.

The park shall provide flush toilets in conveniently located buildings not more than 150 feet from each trailer coach. The buildings shall be well lighted at all times, ventilated with screened openings, and constructed of moisture-proof material permitting satisfactory cleaning. The floors shall be concrete or similar material, slightly pitched to be floor drain. Toilets shall be enclosed in separate compartments, with fly doors, and have the minimum width of two feet eight inches. Toilets shall be provided for each sex in the ratio of one toilet for every eight females and one toilet for every 12 males. In additional, every male toilet room shall have one urinal for each 12 males, but in no case shall any male toilet room be without one urinal. Toilet rooms shall contain one lavatory with hot and cold running water for each two toilets, but in every case not less than one lavatory with hot and cold running water in every toilet room. These accommodations shall be based on the total park capacity according to the accepted plans, and shall be computed on the basis of a minimum of three persons to each trailer coach, with the sexes being assumed equal in number.

§ 191-9 Showers, laundry and utility facilities.

Separate bathing facilities for each sex shall be provided 150 feet from the most remote trailer coach. Each section shall contain one shower for each eight families at least four feet square with a dressing compartment of 16 square feet. Laundry facilities shall be provided in the ratio of one double tray and ironing board for each 15 trailer coaches. When ironing boards are provided, they shall be located in a separate space from the laundry trays. The construction of the showers, laundry and utility buildings shall be the same or similar to that designated for the toilets by § 191-8.

§ 191-10 Waste disposal.

Waste from showers, toilets and laundries shall be disposed into a public sewer system or into a private sewer and disposal plant or septic tank system, and in any case the method of disposal shall be one meeting the state and local health requirements.
All kitchen sinks, wash basins or lavatories, bath or shower tubs in any trailer coach located in any trailer park shall empty into a disposal system which shall meet the state and local health requirements.
Toilets and water closets in trailer coaches shall be connected with a public sewer system or into a private sewer and disposal plant or septic tank system, and in any case the method of disposal shall be one meeting the state and local health requirements.

§ 191-11 Garbage receptacles.

The park shall provide supervision and equipment sufficient to prevent littering the ground with rubbish and debris. Flytight metal depositories with tight-fitting covers shall be conveniently located not farther than 200 feet from any trailer coach. Depositories shall be kept in sanitary condition at all times. Garbage and rubbish shall not be mixed.

§ 191-12 Registration.

The park shall keep a record of all guests, noting:
Name and address of each occupant.
License numbers of all units.
State issuing such licenses.
The park shall keep a copy of the registry available for inspection at any time by authorized person, and shall not destroy such a registry until the expiration of 12 months following the date of registration.

§ 191-13 Removal of wheels.

Any action towards the removal of wheels except for temporary purposes of repair, or other action to attach the trailer to the ground by means of posts, piers, foundation, or skirting, shall subject the trailer to the requirements of the Building Code as well as this article.

§ 191-14 Miscellaneous provisions.

[Amended 4-14-1976 by Ord. No. 1976-3]
All plumbing installation, alteration, or repair in the park shall be done in accordance with the provisions of the "Recommended Minimum Requirements for Plumbing of the Bureau of Standards, United States Department of Commerce."
All electrical work shall be in conformity with the National Electrical Code, as published by the National Board of Fire Underwriters.
No permanent additions of any kind whatsoever shall be built onto or become a part of the trailer coach.
It shall be the duty of the park attendant to notify immediately the Township Health Officer of any communicable diseases in the park.

§ 191-15 Inspection.

Before any renewal of trailer coach parking or trailer park license and at all other reasonable times an inspection shall be made by the Building Inspector to determine that all the requirements of this article have been complied with.

§ 191-16 Revocation or suspension of permit.

[Amended 4-14-1976 by Ord. No. 1976-3]
The Township Health Officer shall have the authority to enter and inspect for health and sanitation purposes any facility licensed in this article at any reasonable time. If, upon inspection, it shall be found that the permit holder has violated any provision of this article the Township Health Officer shall have the power to revoke or suspend any license and order the trailer coach parking removed or the trailer park closed after notice and proper hearing.

§ 191-17 Inspections authorized; interference with inspectors.

The Township Commissioners shall cause all premises for which permits of any kind under this article have been issued to be inspected at all reasonable times and at such frequent intervals as may be required for the proper enforcement of this article and the safeguarding of the health and safety of the public. Interference with the duties of the duly authorized persons making such inspections shall constitute a violation of the article.

§ 191-18 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 4-14-1976 by Ord. No. 1976-3; 4-11-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-1]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $600, and costs of prosecution, or, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to undergo imprisonment for not more than 30 days, provided each day's continued violation of any provision of this article shall constitute a separate violation and shall be punishable as such.