Borough of Duncannon, PA
Perry County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Duncannon 10-14-1971 by Ord. No. 169 (Ch. XV of the 1970 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 185.

Zoning — See Ch. 225.

§ 201-1
Definitions; word usage. 

§ 201-2
Parking and location restrictions. 

§ 201-3
Standing restrictions. 

§ 201-4
Parking time limited. 

§ 201-5
Occupancy for sleeping or living purposes restricted. 

§ 201-6
Operation or occupancy of trailer parks restricted. 

§ 201-7
Permit to operate trailer park required; application requirements. 

§ 201-8
Investigation of premises. 

§ 201-9
Issuance of permit; duration; suspension. 

§ 201-10
Procedure upon change of ownership or management. 

§ 201-11
Transferability of permit; changes to park. 

§ 201-12
Renewal of permit. 

§ 201-13
Drainage and grading requirements. 

§ 201-14
Lots for individual trailers. 

§ 201-15
Laundry facilities. 

§ 201-16
Floors for toilet, bathing and laundry rooms; disposal of liquid wastes. 

§ 201-17
Standards for plumbing, electrical, building and other work. 

§ 201-18
Storage and disposal of garbage. 

§ 201-19
Park office building; display of permit. 

§ 201-20
Trailer park register. 

§ 201-21
Additional regulations. 

§ 201-22
Existing trailer parks; time for compliance. 

§ 201-23

§ 201-24
Violations and penalties. 


The following words and terms, as used in this chapter, shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section, unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Any trailer which is not equipped with a toilet and bathtub or shower.
A trailer equipped with a toilet and bathtub or shower.
Any natural person, partnership, firm, association or corporation.
Any structure which is mounted, or designed for mounting, on wheels and which includes accommodations designed for sleeping or living purposes for one or more persons.
Any lot, parcel or tract of land designed, maintained or intended for the purpose of supplying a location or accommodations for any trailer, or upon which any trailer is parked or located, whether or not a charge is made for the use of the trailer park and its facilities, and shall include all buildings and structures used or intended for use as a part of the equipment thereof. The term "trailer park" shall not include any automobile or trailer sales lot on which any unoccupied trailer is parked for the purpose of inspection and sale.

In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.

No person shall park or locate any trailer, or allow it to stand, upon any street, alley or other public place, or upon any tract of land, occupied or unoccupied, within the Borough of Duncannon, except as provided in this chapter.

No person shall allow any trailer to stand upon any of the streets or alleys in the Borough of Duncannon without being attached to a motor vehicle.

No person shall park any trailer, attached to a motor vehicle, on any street or alley in the Borough for a period of time longer than that allowed for the parking of vehicles upon such street or alley by the applicable state laws and the ordinances of the Borough applicable to traffic and parking. Any person who shall violate this section shall be subject to the penalties specifically provided in such laws and ordinances, as the case may be.

No person shall occupy any trailer in the Borough of Duncannon for sleeping or living purposes, except in an independent trailer in a trailer park licensed under this chapter, unless such trailer conforms to and complies with all plumbing, electrical, sanitary and building ordinances, rules and regulations of the Borough applicable to stationary dwellings, has an enclosure or foundation completely around the base of the trailer between the ground level and the outside floor of said trailer that is kept presentable, and is maintained on a property owned by the person occupying said trailer or his employer; provided, however, that the parking or storing of no more than one unoccupied trailer in a private garage or in a rear yard shall be permitted, on condition that no person uses such trailer for living or sleeping purposes while such trailer is so parked or stored.

No person shall operate or occupy any trailer park within the Borough except as provided in this chapter.


No person shall establish or operate any trailer park within the Borough until a permit shall have been secured from the Borough Manager. Any person desiring to establish or to operate a trailer park shall make application for a permit to the Borough Manager. With every such application, there shall be submitted a plan of such trailer park or proposed trailer park showing the following:


The name and address of the applicant.


The extent and area to be used for trailer park purposes.


The location of all roadways and driveways.


The type of construction of all roadways and driveways, including the width, length and depth of base and surface materials.


The location of all lots intended for the parking of trailers.


The location and number of all existing or proposed facilities to be used by the occupants of trailers, including sanitary conveniences, washrooms, toilets, laundries and utility rooms.


The proposed location of sanitary sewers in relation to all existing or proposed structures and driveways shall be shown on the plot plan as well as the point of connection to the municipal sewerage system of Duncannon Borough. The sewers and connections to the municipal sewer must be made in strict accordance with Borough ordinances, regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and at the expense of the owner of the trailer park.


Surface drainage and stormwater drainage must be disposed of in such a manner that nuisance conditions are not created. Under no circumstances will storm or surface drainage be acceptable in the sanitary sewers.


The method and plan of garbage and refuse disposal shall be such as to prevent an infestation of rodents and flies. The owner of the trailer park will be responsible in accordance with existing Borough ordinances.


The plan for the water supply should show the point of connection to the municipal water supply system and the method of distribution to be used throughout the trailer park. Water under pressure shall be provided at each trailer space. Every water supply outlet or connection to a fixture or appliance shall be protected against backflow and back siphonage. Water main lines and connections must be installed at the expense of the owner of the trailer park.


The plan for electric lighting of trailers.


The location of fire extinguishers.


Such application shall be accompanied by a fee as set by resolution of the Borough Council to cover the cost of the services of Borough officers and employees in making the necessary studies and investigations in connection with such application.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

Following the receipt of the application for a permit as provided above, the Borough Manager shall cause an investigation to be made of the premises to which such application relates, in order to assure himself, before issuing such permit, that all requirements of this chapter applicable to trailer parks are conformed with. In connection with such investigation, the Borough Engineer and any other Borough officer or employee requested to do so by the Borough Manager shall visit the premises in order to determine whether requirements as to which they have particular knowledge and understanding are adhered to.

Immediately following the investigation required under § 201-8 of this chapter, when the Borough Manager shall be satisfied that all the applicable requirements of this chapter have been adhered to, or are to be adhered to according to the plans for a proposed trailer park, the Borough Manager shall issue a permit to establish and operate such park for a period of one year after the issuance thereof. Such permit shall be subject to suspension whenever the holder thereof shall be convicted of any violation of this chapter. A suspended permit may be reinstated by the Borough Manager for the balance of the year for which it was issued, upon compliance of the holder thereof with all the provisions of this chapter. No person shall operate a trailer camp in the Borough during the time when the permit therefor shall have been suspended.

Whenever the ownership or management of any trailer camp shall have been changed, the new owner or manager thereof shall forthwith notify the Borough Manager, who shall amend the permit for such trailer camp, as well as the pertinent records of the Borough, to indicate such change.

No permit issued under this chapter shall be transferable to a different location. No person holding a permit under this chapter shall extend or reduce the area of any trailer camp, add any new facility or structure, or eliminate any existing facility or structure, until notice of such proposed change shall have been given to the Borough Manager and the Borough Manager shall have ascertained, after investigation as in the case of an original application for a permit, that such proposed change is in accordance with all the requirements of this chapter and shall have signified that fact by his approval.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

Prior to the date of expiration of any permit issued under this chapter, the holder thereof may apply to the Borough Manager for renewal thereof, such application to be accompanied by a fee as set by resolution of the Borough Council. Following any investigation deemed necessary by the Borough Manager to ascertain whether all the requirements of this chapter continue to be adhered to, the Borough Manager shall renew such permit for a further period of one year.

Every trailer park shall be located in a well-drained area, and the premises shall be properly graded so as to prevent the accumulation of stormwater or other water.

Lots for individual trailers in a trailer park shall be indicated by corner markers, and no individual lot shall have an area of less than 3,000 square feet or a frontage of not less than 50 feet. Each lot shall abut upon a roadway or driveway not less than 35 feet wide. Every such roadway or driveway shall be well drained, shall be clearly marked, adequately lighted at night, paved and easily accessible to a public street. Lots for individual trailers shall be so located and arranged that when trailers are located thereon, they shall be set back at least 25 feet from any Borough street.

In each trailer park, there shall be provided a laundry room, with laundry trays, on the ratio of one double tray for each 10 individual trailer lots.

Floors of toilet rooms, bathing rooms and laundry rooms, where provided, in each trailer park shall be of concrete, tile or similar material impervious to water and easily cleaned and pitched to a floor drain. Liquid wastes from toilets, baths, lavatories and laundry rooms shall be piped to a sanitary sewer approved by the Borough Engineer.

All plumbing, electrical, building and other work in the premises of any trailer park located in the Borough of Duncannon shall be in accordance with any other ordinances, rules and regulations regulating such subjects; provided, however, that if there is any conflict between any such ordinance and any of the provisions of this chapter, the provisions of this chapter shall control as to trailer parks only.

All ordinances of the Borough applicable to the accumulation, collection, segregation and disposal of garbage shall be applicable to trailer parks located in the Borough and shall be adhered to strictly by persons owning and operating trailer parks and by persons occupying trailers therein.

In every trailer park, there shall be an office building acceptable in design and construction to the Borough Manager and in which shall be located the office of the person in charge of such trailer park. A copy of the permit issued under this chapter and of this chapter shall at all times be posted in such office, and the register, described in § 201-20, of such trailer park shall at all times be kept therein.

Every person holding a permit under this chapter shall keep, or cause to be kept, a register, which shall at all times be open for the inspection of any official of the Borough. Such register shall show, for each trailer accommodated in such trailer park, the following information:


The lot number upon which such trailer is parked or located.


The names and addresses of all persons using such trailer for living or sleeping purposes.


The state license number of such trailer and of the vehicle towing the same, if any.


The date of arrival of such trailer at such trailer park and the date of departure therefrom, if any.

Each person holding a permit under this chapter shall adhere to the following additional regulations at all times:


He shall maintain such trailer camp in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition.


He shall see that no disorderly conduct or violation of any law or ordinance is committed upon the premises and shall immediately report to the proper authorities any violations which may come to his attention.


He shall report to the Borough Manager all cases of persons or animals affected or suspected of being affected with any communicable disease, where he shall have reason to believe that medical attention has not been sought.


He shall maintain in convenient places, designated by the Fire Chief of the Borough, hand fire extinguishers, in good working order, in the ratio of one to every eight trailer lots or fraction thereof.


He shall prohibit the lighting of any open fire upon the premises.


He shall prohibit the use of any trailer by a greater number of occupants than that which it is designed to accommodate.

Any person operating a trailer park within the Borough of Duncannon at the time of adoption of this chapter shall cause the same to conform to the requirements of this chapter and shall make application for and secure a permit to operate such trailer park within three months from the effective date of this chapter.

It shall be the duty of the Mayor to enforce the provisions of this chapter, and, to that end, he shall, from time to time, make or cause to be made, by the police or any other Borough officer or employee, an inspection to ascertain whether any trailer park continues to operate strictly under the provisions of this chapter.

[Amended 3-17-1992 by Ord. No. 277
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Borough before a Magisterial District Judge, pay a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $600, plus court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of the determination of the violation by the Magisterial District Judge. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Borough may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Rules of Civil Procedure. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the Borough are hereby authorized to seek equitable relief, including injunction, to enforce compliance herewith.