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Town of New Milford, CT
Litchfield County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
CROSS REFERENCES
Rules of construction and definitions generally, § 1-2
Housing, Ch. 9
Licenses and miscellaneous business regulations, Ch. 12
Parks and recreation, Ch. 14
STATE LAW REFERENCES
Authority to regulate trailers, General Statutes Section 7-148
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 1]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the indicated meanings:
Collector
shall mean the Tax Collector of the town.
Commission
shall mean the Town Planning Commission.
Health officer
shall mean the appointed Health Officer of the town or his deputy.
Licensee
shall mean any person licensed under this chapter to operate and maintain a trailer park.
Mobile home
shall mean a unit similar to a trailer coach, but which is equipped with running water, bath facilities, flush toilet and appropriate sanitary connections.
Person
shall include individuals, partnerships, corporations, owners, lessees, licensees and the agents of each of them.
Trailer
shall mean a trailer coach not equipped with running water, bath facilities, flush toilet and appropriate sanitary connections.
Trailer park
shall mean privately owned land upon which two or more trailers are intended to be parked and occupied as dwellings.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 3]
This chapter shall apply to all trailer parks; provided, however, the Board of Selectmen may, upon application, grant such extensions of time or waive such requirements (other than the requirements set forth in § 21-5) as may, in its judgment, be required by any specific circumstances.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 2]
No occupied mobile home shall be permitted in a trailer park.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 7; Ord. of 12-15-1967]
Each trailer park and extension thereof shall conform to the following requirements:
(1) 
Grading; drainage. The park shall be located on a site graded to ensure drainage of surface and subsurface water and sewage, and freedom from stagnant pools.
(2) 
Lot area. A minimum of 20,000 square feet shall be provided for each trailer lot.
(3) 
Lot markings. Each trailer lot shall be defined by permanent corner stakes and shall be provided with a permanent marker displaying the lot number corresponding with the approved plot plan.
(4) 
Clearance between trailers. There shall be a minimum of 50 feet of clearance between each trailer.
(5) 
Roadway width. All trailer lots shall abut on a roadway not less than 30 feet in width.
(6) 
Road drainage and maintenance. All roads within the park shall be well drained, provided with gravel or hard surface, and shall be maintained in good condition.
(7) 
Required distance of trailers from public highways. No trailer shall be located closer than 100 feet to the traveled portion of any public highway.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 8]
(a) 
Each trailer park and extension thereof shall conform to the following sanitary requirements:
(1) 
Water supply. A supply of 300 gallons of potable water per trailer lot per day shall be provided from faucets only and from a source approved by the Health Officer.
(2) 
Wiring. Each trailer lot shall be provided with electrical wiring and connections in accordance with the National Electrical Code.
(3) 
Refuse disposal. Licensees shall furnish at least one refuse can with a tight-fitting cover for each occupied trailer lot. Refuse shall be collected and removed regularly and in such manner that no nuisance shall be maintained. It shall be the responsibility of each licensee to maintain proper sanitary conditions with respect to waste and refuse disposal.
(4) 
Laundry facilities. Laundry facilities shall be provided in a heated building at the ratio of one tub for every three trailers or one automatic washer for every six trailers. Hot water shall be available on all weekdays.
(5) 
Trailer occupancy. Occupancy of each trailer shall be limited to two persons per room. If there are no separate rooms, total occupancy shall be limited to four persons; however, for the purpose of computing the total number of occupants, the kitchen, if any, and bathroom, if any, shall not be considered rooms.
(6) 
Toilet facilities. Every trailer park shall have separate and adequately lighted and ventilated toilet rooms for each sex, distinctly marked "Men" and "Women," within a distance of not more than 200 feet of any part of such park, with the following minimum sanitary facilities, supplied with running water, provided for each:
a. 
Water closet accommodations shall be provided in the ratio of at least one water closet for every eight females or less, and at least one water closet for every 15 males or less; in addition, one urinal shall be provided for each male toilet so provided. The location of the water closets shall be plainly indicated by signs. The accommodations of the water closets shall be based on the total park capacity, according to the accepted plans and specifications submitted with the application, and shall be computed on the basis of a minimum of three persons to each trailer. For the purpose of such computation, the sexes shall be considered as being equal in number.
b. 
Proper facilities for washing hands shall be provided in every toilet room, or within 10 feet of the entrance thereof, in the ratio of at least one lavatory or sink for every two or fewer water closets and urinals. Separate facilities shall be provided for each sex. No drinking water faucets or outlets shall be placed in any toilet room or water closet compartment.
c. 
One shower shall be provided for every four trailer lots or fraction thereof up to 50 and one shower for each 10 trailer lots over 50.
d. 
Toilet facilities shall be completely partitioned for privacy and all accommodations shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition by the licensee.
e. 
Whenever required by the Health Officer, footbaths shall be installed in each male and female shower room. The licensee shall provide for the maintenance of a solution of water and chlorine, having an available chlorine content of at least 1/2 of 1%, in such footbaths. Where footbaths are not required, the floors of the shower room shall be washed down at least twice a day with a chlorine solution of the above-mentioned strength.
f. 
Said buildings shall be heated from September 15 to June 1 so that the temperatures shall register not less than 68° F.
g. 
The floors of all water closets or compartments containing bathing facilities shall be constructed and maintained in a waterproof condition by using cement, concrete, tile or other type of waterproofing material.
h. 
All excreta and liquid waste shall be collected in proper receptacles and emptied into suitable sewer or septic tank connected fixtures, located near the toilet buildings, ventilated and equipped with facilities for rinsing the containers.
i. 
Connections to sewers or sewage disposal systems shall be trapped to prevent dissemination of odors.
j. 
The spillage or drainage of waste water upon the superficial area of any trailer park is prohibited.
k. 
The licensee, or employees under his control, shall furnish such services as may be necessary to maintain sanitary conditions at all times.
l. 
The sewage disposal system shall be approved by the Sewer Commission and the Health Officer and shall be extended or the operation modified or corrected whenever required by the Sewer Commission or Health Officer.
(b) 
The requirements of this section shall not be waived.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 10]
Each licensee shall keep a register in which the following information shall be recorded upon the letting of each trailer lot. Such information shall be furnished to the Collector with the initial payment of the trailer park license fee:
(1) 
The full name of the trailer owner.
(2) 
The make, model, size, serial number and year of the trailer and the number and type of rooms.
(3) 
The state in which the trailer is registered and the registration number, if any.
(4) 
The name and address of all occupants employed and the name and address of such employers.
(5) 
The number of occupants of each trailer and whether they are adults or children.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 14]
Any person aggrieved by any provision of this chapter, or aggrieved in the granting of or refusal to grant any license hereunder, may appeal to the Court of Common Pleas for Litchfield County in the same manner as is provided for appeals in civil cases.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 3]
No person shall maintain or operate a trailer park or extend an existing trailer park in the town without having first obtained a license therefor from the Board of Selectmen pursuant to this Article.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 4]
Applications for trailer park licenses shall be made to the Board of Selectmen in writing. Such applications shall include the following:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant and the name and address of the real party in interest if other than the applicant.
(2) 
A plot plan made by a licensed surveyor registered in the state, under seal, showing the site of the trailer park, roads, location, size, shape and identification number of the trailer lots, location of sanitary provisions, and the name of abutting property owners according to the land records of the town. All final plans or maps shall be of an overall size not larger than 25 inches by 37 inches, including the border. Such plans or maps shall be drawn or traced on good quality white drawing paper mounted on muslin or on good quality tracing cloth, on a scale of not more than 100 feet to the inch. The tracings or drawings shall be made with waterproof black India ink, and four blueprints or some other type of copies shall accompany the white drawing.
(3) 
Proof of ownership, option or valid lease.
(4) 
An application fee of $25.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 5]
(a) 
The Board of Selectmen shall immediately forward the white drawing and one set of blueprints, submitted with an application for a trailer park license, to the Planning Commission, one set of blueprints to the Sewer Commission, and one set of blueprints to the Health Officer, keeping one set for its files.
(b) 
The Chairman or Secretary of the Planning Commission shall note on the white drawing the approval or disapproval of the Planning Commission and then return the white drawing to the Board of Selectmen. Action on the white drawing shall be taken by the Planning Commission within 30 days after the receipt of the drawing and failure to take such action shall be considered as approval.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 6]
(a) 
The Board of Selectmen shall assign a hearing upon the application for a trailer park license to be held not less than two nor more than four weeks from the date of the receipt of action by the Commission. Notice of such hearing shall be given to the applicant by mail, postage paid, to the address given on the application, and by publication once in a newspaper having a circulation within the town, not less than seven days before the date of such hearing. Each applicant shall pay the cost of the publication of such notice and the reasonable expenses of such hearing to the Treasurer of the town.
(b) 
Following the public hearing, if a license is issued by the Board of Selectmen, the Board shall then return to the applicant the plot plan of the site which has been submitted to the Board as heretofore required, and the applicant shall file the same with the Town Clerk as provided by the General Statutes of the state.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 9]
There shall be a fee for each trailer park license, payable on October 1 in each year to the Board of Selectmen, at the rate of $2 for each trailer present in the park on such date. The minimum fee shall be $50.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 11; Ord. of 12-6-1968]
On or before the tenth day of each month, each trailer park licensee shall collect a license fee of $8 from the owner of each trailer then located in his park and shall deposit it with the Collector, together with a list of the owners from whom collected, showing the lot number and number of occupants. A copy of such list shall be kept by the licensee, which shall be available for inspection by the Health Officer.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 12]
(a) 
The Collector shall maintain a register showing all license fees deposited under § 21-26 and the trailer owners from whom collected, and shall hold such license fees in a separate escrow bank account.
(b) 
The Collector shall credit the amount of such license fees to the total amount of taxes payable by the trailer owner on September 1 in each year; and shall credit the balance, if any, to the taxes that will be payable on the following March 1. Both credits shall be made by the Collector during the month of September, in which the first installment of taxes is due. Where license fees collected exceed taxes payable on the two tax-due dates provided for within this subsection, each trailer owner having made written application prior to October 1 following the first tax date, the Collector shall refund the amount of license fees shown by such register to have been collected from the owner in excess of the total amount of taxes so assessed against him.
(c) 
In October of each year, the Collector shall pay the amount remaining unclaimed or uncredited for taxes in said escrow account into the general fund. Such payment shall not include the license fees for the current October if already deposited in said escrow account.
[Ord. of 4-29-1958, § 13]
Sections 21-26 and 21-27 shall not apply for 90 days in any twelve-month period to any trailer lawfully bearing current registration plates issued by any state, other than Connecticut, if all occupants of such trailer are bona fide tourists or vacationists.