Township of Plumstead, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 1]
DEPENDENT TRAILER COACH
A trailer coach which does not have a flush toilet and a bath or shower enclosed.
INDEPENDENT TRAILER COACH
A trailer coach which has a flush toilet and a bath or shower enclosed.
TRAILER COACH
A vehicle which, while upon the public highways of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is subject to all traffic laws and regulations of said commonwealth, but is also defined and declared to be a residence when parked in any trailer coach park or other area devoted to that purpose, and though defined as a residence is also defined as personal property and is further defined and declared to be any vehicle used or so constructed as to permit its being used as a conveyance upon the public streets or highways and duly licensable as such, and shall include self-propelled and non-self-propelled vehicles so designated, constructed, reconstructed or added to by means of accessories in such a manner as will permit the occupancy thereof as a dwelling or sleeping place for one or more persons and having no foundation other than wheels, jacks, shores or skirtings.
TRAILER COACH PARK
Any site, lot, tract or acreage of land upon which two or more occupied trailer coaches are harbored, stored or parked, either free of charge or for revenue purposes, and shall include any buildings, structure, tent, vehicle or enclosure used or intended for use as a part of the equipment or service buildings of such trailer coach park.
TRAILER COACH PARKING SITE
A plot of ground within a trailer coach park designed for the accommodation of, or parking space for, one trailer coach.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 2]
It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain or operate within the limits of the Township any trailer coach park unless such person shall first obtain a license therefor. All trailer coach parks in existence upon the effective date of this Part 3 shall, within 90 days thereafter, obtain such license and in all other respects comply fully with the requirements of this Part 3.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 3; as amended by Ord. 2004-07, 12/7/2004, § 1]
The annual license fee for each trailer coach park shall be in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors, payable on January 1 of each year; each applicant for a license who applies on any date other than January 1 shall pay a pro-rata share of the said license fee, consisting of a fee in an amount as established from time to by resolution of the Board of Supervisors between March 1 and June 1, a fee in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors between June 1 and October 1 and a fee in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors between October 1 and December 31.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 4]
1. 
Application for a trailer coach park license shall be filed with and issued by the Board of Supervisors. Applications shall be made by the owner, proprietor or operator of the trailer coach park, shall be in writing, signed by the applicant, and shall contain the following:
A. 
The name and address of the applicant.
B. 
The location and legal description of the trailer coach park.
C. 
A complete plan of the park showing compliance with the full and complete terms of this Part 3.
D. 
Plans and specifications of all buildings and other improvements constructed or to be constructed within the trailer coach park.
E. 
Such further information as may be requested by the Board of Supervisors to enable it to determine if the proposed park will comply with legal requirements.
2. 
The application and all accompanying plans and specifications shall be filed in triplicate. The Board of Supervisors, either in person or through an agent hereinafter referred to, shall investigate the applicant and inspect the proposed plans and specifications. If the applicant is found to be of good moral character and the plans and specifications of the proposed trailer coach park will be in compliance with all provisions this Part 3 and all other applicable ordinances or statutes, the Board of Supervisors shall approve the application and, upon completion of the park according to the said plans and specifications, shall issue the license. If the application is for a trailer coach park in operation on the effective date of this Part 3, the license will issue forthwith if the said park meets all the requirements of this Part; and, if not, such license will be issued when the conditions are corrected to meet such requirements, which must be within 90 days.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 5]
On and after the adoption and approval of this Part 3 and thereafter annually at the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors in January, one person duly qualified as a Park Inspector shall be elected by a majority vote of the members present, who shall hold office at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors until his successor is duly elected. He shall receive such compensation as the Board of Supervisors may, from time to time, direct.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 6]
1. 
It shall be the duty of the Park Inspector to examine all trailer coach parks within the boundaries of the Township, if directed by the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, at the time of the original application, and thereafter from time to time; and in the event that he shall find any violations of the provisions of this Part 3 at any such inspection on the application, he shall give a written notice to the owner, proprietor or operator of such trailer coach park setting forth the said violations; and it shall thereupon be the duty of the aforesaid owner, proprietor or operator of the aforesaid trailer coach park to correct the conditions set forth in the aforesaid notice within 15 days of the receipt of such notice.
2. 
In the event that the aforesaid owner, proprietor or operator of any trailer coach park shall neglect, refuse or fail to make the corrections set forth in such notice from the Park Inspector within 15 days aforesaid, he shall then be subject to the penalties for the violation of this Part 3 as hereinafter more specifically set forth.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 7]
All trailer coach parks must be well drained and located in areas free from swamps, marshes or ponds.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 8]
Every trailer coach park hereinafter opened shall contain an area of at least one acre; and each trailer coach site therein of both existing and future trailer coach parks must be at least 25 feet in width and 40 feet in length, except as provided for transients in § 13-311 following; and each such parking site must be clearly designated on the ground by posts or other similar markings.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 9]
No trailer coach shall be parked closer than three feet to the side lot lines of the trailer coach park or closer than 25 feet to a public street, roadway, highway or alley in any trailer coach park opened after the effective date of this Part 3.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 10]
Each individual trailer coach parking site shall abut or face on a driveway or clear unoccupied space of not less than 16 feet in width, which space shall have unobstructed access to a public street, roadway, highway or alley. There shall be a space of at least 15 feet between the side of every trailer coach and the side of the trailer coach nearest to it; there shall be a space of at least 10 feet between the end of every trailer coach and the side or end of the trailer coach nearest it.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 11]
Automobiles shall not be parked on any streets unless the streets are of sufficient width to allow 20 feet of clear driving space. A special designated automobile parking space for each trailer coach parking site shall be provided. No automobile shall be parked upon a trailer coach parking site except where special parking sites of not less than 35 feet in length and 15 feet in width shall be provided and clearly marked as aforesaid for overnight transients.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 12]
All streets and driveways in every trailer coach park shall have a minimum width of 20 feet and shall be drained and maintained in a passable and reasonably dust-free condition at all times.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 13]
Every trailer coach park and every portion thereof must be lighted at all times starting one hour after sundown and remaining lighted until one hour before sunrise; such lighting must be with electric lights of at least 100 watts located every 200 feet apart, and such lights must be placed at least 10 feet above the ground on a solid post.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 14]
Every trailer coach park shall be so laid out that the walking distance from any parking site housing a dependent trailer coach to service buildings will not exceed 300 feet. At least one water outlet furnishing a safe drinking supply shall be located within 100 feet of each parking site housing a dependent trailer coach.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 14]
Plans for all sewer systems and disposal fields must be approved by the Park Inspector before installing or, if in operation before the effective date of this Part 3 and not in conformity with the appropriate provisions of this Part, must be made to conform within 30 days of the effective date of this Part.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 16]
It shall be the duty of the owner, proprietor or operator of the trailer coach park to provide a connection or connections from the trailer coach for all liquid waste to the sewer system hereinafter mentioned and make and maintain such connections. Sewer connections or other disposal systems in unoccupied parking sites shall be tightly closed.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 17]
It shall be the duty of the owner, proprietor or operator of every trailer coach park to provide a receptacle of at least 20 gallons' capacity for every trailer coach parking site, which said receptacles must be emptied semiweekly by such owner, proprietor or operator or his employee.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 18]
Fire extinguishers of a type and size approved by local fire authorities shall be placed within 200 feet of each individual parking site and maintained in a workable condition at all times.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 19]
An electrical outlet shall be provided for each parking site, to which at least 110 volts of electricity shall be supplied. Where an overhead system of electric distribution is used and the electric current is transmitted by extension cord from the electric outlet to the trailer coach, the extension cord shall be of weatherproof material and so supported that it will not be less than seven feet above ground, except at the ends where it is connected to the electric outlet and/or the trailer coach.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 20]
Each trailer coach park accommodating or providing space for dependent trailers shall have a service building devoted, wholly or in part, to house sanitary facilities for the trailer coach park.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 21]
All buildings or parts of buildings used for service accommodations in trailer coach parks accommodating or providing space for dependent trailers must be well heated, ventilated and lighted, both by natural and artificial light, and have floors of cement, terrazzo, tile or other impervious material with a cove base existing six inches above the floor. All floors shall slope gently to floor drains connected with the sewage system. Each service building shall provide separate rooms for sanitary facilities for the male and female sex. Each service room for males and females shall have at least one private bathroom with a minimum of 35 square feet of floor space equipped with one bathtub or shower bath, two washbasins and two toilets.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 22]
Each trailer coach park accommodating or providing space for dependent trailers shall have sufficient service buildings to provide for and shall provide one flush toilet, one shower and one lavatory for men and at least one urinal for every 15 dependent trailer coaches and one flush toilet and one lavatory for women for each 10 dependent trailer coaches; and, in addition thereto, there shall be installed one shower or bathtub for each 10 dependent trailer coaches. In no case shall there be less than one complete bathroom and one extra toilet and washbasin for each sex.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 23; as amended by Ord. 2004-07, 12/7/2004, § 1]
Each shower stall in service buildings in trailer coach parks accommodating or providing space for dependent trailers shall have a connecting dressing compartment, equipped with a door to ensure privacy, the size and construction of shower stalls and dressing compartments to be determined by State Department of Environmental Protection regulations. Each shower stall shall have a separate drain connection to the sewer system. No mats, grids or wooden racks or cloth or other absorbent material will be permitted for public use in the shower or on the floor of the dressing compartment.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 24; as amended by Ord. 2004-07, 12/7/2004, § 1]
All toilets in service buildings in trailer coach parks accommodating dependent trailers shall be enclosed in a private compartment, the size of which shall be designated by the State Department of Environmental Protection.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 25]
Nothing in this Part 3 shall be construed as prohibiting the owner, proprietor or operator from building a private service building equipped with tub or shower bath, lavatory or hand bowl, toilet and heating and hot water facilities for each parking site.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 26]
No animal washing, car washing or other slop-creating practices shall be carried on in any building, structure or other place not designated for such purposes.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 27]
No domestic animals or house pets shall be allowed to run at large or commit any nuisances within the limits of the trailer coach park.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 28]
1. 
It shall be the duty of the licensee to keep a register containing a record of all trailer coach owners and occupants located within the park. The register shall contain the following information:
A. 
The name and address of each occupant.
B. 
The make, model and year of all automobiles and trailer coaches.
C. 
The license number and owner of each trailer coach and the automobile by which it is towed.
D. 
The state issuing such license.
E. 
The date of arrival and of departure of each trailer coach.
F. 
Whether or not each trailer coach is an independent or dependent trailer coach.
2. 
The park shall keep the register available for inspection, at all times, by law enforcement officers, public health officials and other officials whose duties necessitate acquisition of the information contained in the register. The register records shall not be destroyed for a period of three years following the date of registration.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 29]
The management of every trailer coach park shall assume full responsibility for maintaining in good repair and condition all sanitary and safety appliances in such park and shall promptly bring such action as is necessary to prosecute or eject from said park any person or persons who willfully or maliciously damage such appliances or any person or persons who fail to comply with the regulations of this Part 3.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 30]
Every trailer coach park shall have cesspools or septic tanks and disposal fields located thereon, which shall be of sufficient size and capacity to adequately and completely dispose of all waste material from all trailer coaches parked in the park and from all service buildings located therein, and there shall be water traps in each of the same to prevent any escape of odors. There shall be no overflow from any such cesspool, septic tank or disposal field.
[Ord. 2, 7/10/1959, § 31; as amended by Ord. 97-4-15, 4/15/1997, § 1; and by Ord. 2004-07, 12/7/2004, § 1]
Any person firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part 3, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a District Justice in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $10 nor more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part 3 continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.