Town of Sykesville, MD
Carroll County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Sykesville 4-13-1967 by Ord. No. 78. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 180.
Whenever used in this chapter, unless a different meaning appears from the context, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTOMOBILE TRAILER, TRAILER COACH, or TRAILER
Any vehicle or structure so designed and constructed in such manner as will permit occupancy thereof as sleeping quarters for one or more persons, or the conduct of any business or profession, occupation or trade (or use as a selling or advertising device), and so designed that it is or may be mounted on wheels and used as a conveyance on highways or city streets, propelled or drawn by its own or other motive power, except a device used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
CABIN PLOT
A section of ground not less than 30 feet by 40 feet in area, upon which only one camp cottage or cabin is located.
PERSON
Includes persons, partnership, firm, company, corporation, tenant, owner, lessee, or licensee, their agents, heirs or assigns.
TOURIST CAMP
Any park, tourist park, tourist court, camp, court, lot, parcel, or tract of land upon which one or more camp cottages or cabins are located and maintained for the accommodation of transients by the day, week, or month, whether a charge is made or not.
TRAILER CAMP
Any park, trailer park, trailer court, court, camp, site, lot, parcel, or tract of land designed, maintained or intended for the purpose of supplying a location or accommodations for any trailer coach or trailer coaches and upon which any trailer coach or trailer coaches are parked and shall include all buildings used or intended for use as part of the equipment thereof whether a charge is made for the use of the trailer camp and its facilities or not. "Trailer camp" shall not include automobile or trailer sales lots on which unoccupied trailers are parked for purposes of inspection and sale.
UNIT
A section of ground in a trailer camp of not less than 800 square feet of unoccupied space in an area designated as the location for only one automobile and one trailer.
A. 
A Board of Investigators consisting of the Town Council is hereby created, with the President of the Council as Chairman. The Chairman shall, with the approval of the members of said Board, appoint a secretary for the Board from among the present employees of the Town.
B. 
It is hereby made the duty of said Board to enforce all provisions of this chapter as prescribed herein or such provisions as may hereafter be enacted, and for the purpose of securing such enforcement, any of the above members of the Board, or their duly authorized representatives, shall have the right and are hereby empowered to enter upon any premises on which any automobile trailers or camp cottages or cabins are located, or are about to be located, and inspect the same and all accommodations connected therewith at any reasonable time. The Board is further empowered to issue orders granting, renewing, and revoking such permits and licenses as are provided for in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former § 156-3, Location of trailers outside camps, was repealed 3-14-2011 by Ord. No. 274.
Automobile trailers shall not be used as a permanent place of abode or as a permanent dwelling or for indefinite periods of time, provided that any such trailer properly connected with an approved water supply and approved sanitary sewer system, and constructed and located in compliance with all requirements of the building, plumbing, sanitary and health ordinances of the Town of Sykesville and not inhabited by a greater number of occupants than that for which it was designed may be permitted on any premises under permits property secured as provided for in said building, plumbing, sanitary and health ordinances.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, operate or maintain, or permit to be established, operated or maintained upon any property owned or controlled by him, a trailer camp or tourist camp or combination of the two within the Town of Sykesville, without having first secured a license therefor and for each of them from the Council, granted and existing in compliance with the terms of this chapter. Such license shall expire one year from the date of issuance but may be renewed under the provisions of this chapter for additional periods of one year.
B. 
The application for such license or the renewal thereof shall be filed with the President of the Council and shall be accompanied by a fee of $25 for each unit and cabin plot in the existing or proposed camp and a license bond in the sum of $2,000 to guarantee compliance with the terms of this chapter. The application for a license or a renewal thereof shall be made on printed forms furnished by the Board of Investigators and shall include the name and address of the owner in fee of the tract (if the fee is vested in some person other than the applicant, a duly verified statement by that person that the applicant is authorized by him to construct or maintain the trailer or tourist camp and make the application), and such a legal description of the premises upon which the trailer or tourist camp is or will be located as will readily identify and definitely locate the premises. The application shall be accompanied by four copies of the camp plan showing the following, either existing or as proposed:
(1) 
The extent and area used for camp purposes,
(2) 
Roadways and driveways.
(3) 
Location of sites or units for trailer coaches or cabins.
(4) 
Location and number of sanitary conveniences, including toilets, washrooms, laundries and utility rooms to be used by occupants of units or cabins (in cases where cabins do not have all such facilities in proper conformance with Town building, plumbing and other ordinances).
(5) 
Method and plan of sewage disposal.
(6) 
Method and plan a garbage removal.
(7) 
Plan for water supply.
(8) 
Plan for electrical lighting of units and cabins.
C. 
Before such license may be issued, the premises must be inspected and approved by each of the members of the Board of Investigators or his duly authorized representative, as complying with all the provisions of this chapter and all other applicable ordinances of the Town of Sykesville.
D. 
Licenses issued under the terms of this chapter convey no right to erect any building, to do any plumbing work or to do any electrical work.
A. 
No trailer or tourist camp shall be located within the Town limits of the Town of Sykesville unless Town water and sewer connections and fire protection facilities are available.
B. 
No occupied trailer or camp cottage or cabin cottage or cabin or other building shall be located within the Town limits of the Town of Sykesville, within 40 feet of a road in which such trailer or cabin is located nor less than 25 feet from any other building or vehicle or the boundary line of the tract on which located.
A. 
Every trailer or tourist camp shall be located on a well-drained area, and the premises shall be properly graded so as to prevent the accumulation of storm- or other waters.
B. 
Units and cabin plots shall be clearly designated and the camp so arranged that all units and cabin plots shall face or abut on a driveway of not less than 16 feet in width, giving easy access from all units to a public street. Such driveway shall be paved and maintained in good condition, having natural drainage into a Town street catch basin, be well lighted at night, and shall not be obstructed.
C. 
No camp cottage or cabin shall be less than 280 square feet nor less than 14 feet wide at its narrowest point, and not less than eight feet high from floor to ceiling and shall not have less than 27 square feet of ventilating openings, and all windows must be fully screened. If the floor be of wood, it shall be raised not less than 12 inches above the ground level.
D. 
The camp shall be so laid out that no unit or cabin shall be located farther than 200 feet from the toilets and service buildings provided for herein, and walkways to such buildings shall be paved and well lighted at night.
E. 
Every trailer unit shall be furnished with an electric service outlet. Such outlet shall be equipped with an externally operated switch or fuse of not less than 30 amperes capacity, and a heavy-duty outlet receptacle.
A. 
An adequate supply of pure water, furnished through a pipe distribution system connected directly with the Town water main, with supply faucets located not more than 200 feet from any trailer or cabin shall be furnished for drinking and domestic purposes.
B. 
No common drinking vessels shall be permitted, nor shall any drinking water faucets be placed in any toilet room or water closet compartment.
C. 
An abundant supply of hot water shall be provided at all times for bathing, washing, and laundry facilities.
A. 
Every trailer or tourist camp shall have erected thereon, at a distance not greater than 200 feet from any unit or cabin it is designed to serve, a suitable building for housing toilets, showers, and laundry facilities as required by this chapter, such building to be known as the "service building."
B. 
There shall be provided separate toilet rooms for each sex. Flush toilets provided with an adequate water supply shall be enclosed in separate compartments having a minimum width of five feet, eight inches, and shall be provided for each sex in the ratio of one toilet for each six units or cabins or fraction thereof. Every male toilet room shall have one urinal for each 14 units or cabins, but in no case shall any male toilet be without one urinal. Toilet rooms shall contain lavatories with hot and cold water in the ratio of one lavatory to every two or fewer water closets.
C. 
Separate bathing facilities for each sex shall be provided with one shower enclosed in a compartment at least four feet square, for each six units or cabins or fraction thereof. Each shower compartment shall be supplemented by an individual dressing compartment of at least 14 square feet.
D. 
Laundry facilities shall be provided in the ratio of one double tray and one ironing board for each eight units or cabins.
E. 
The above accommodations shall be based on the total camp capacity according to accepted plans.
F. 
Floors or toilets, showers, and the laundry shall be of concrete, tile or similar material impervious to water and easily cleaned and pitched to a floor drain.
A. 
All waste from showers, toilets, laundries, faucets and lavatories shall be wasted into a sewer system extended from and connected with the Town sewer system.
B. 
All sanitary facilities in any trailer which are not connected with the Town sewer system by means of rigid pipe connections shall be sealed and their use is hereby declared unlawful.
C. 
Each faucet site shall be equipped with facilities for drainage of waste and excess water into the sewer. In no case shall any wastewater be thrown or discharged upon the surface of the ground or disposed of my means other than as herein provided.
D. 
Every unit shall be provided with a substantial fly-tight metal garbage depository from which the contents shall be removed by the Town garbage collection service.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to remain or live in any trailer or tourist camp for more than 30 days in each twelve-month period, subject to the provisions of § 156-4 of this chapter, except that upon a showing and proof that one or more occupants of a trailer or cabin are engaged in vital national defense work and that there exists in the community a shortage of adequate housing facilities, additional stays of 30 days may be granted by the Board of Investigators, such additional stays being renewable at the end of each thirty-day period upon a further and similar showing, provided that this time limitation shall not apply to the licensee of a trailer or tourist camp or his bona fide employees so as to prevent their remaining on the camp premises at all times.
B. 
No trailer or cabin may be inhabited by a greater number of occupants than that for which it was designed.
A. 
In every trailer or tourist camp there shall be an office building in which shall be located the office of the person in charge of said camp. A copy of the camp license and of this chapter shall be posted therein and the camp register shall at all times be kept in said office.
B. 
It is hereby made the duty of the attendant or person in charge, together with the licensee to:
(1) 
Keep at all times a register of all guests (which shall be open at all times to inspection by state and federal officers and officers of the Town of Sykesville) showing for all guests:
(a) 
Names and addresses.
(b) 
Dates of entrance and departure.
(c) 
License numbers of all trailers and towing or other automobiles.
(d) 
States issuing such licenses.
(e) 
Place of last location and length of stay.
(2) 
Maintain the camp in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition at all times.
(3) 
See that the provisions of this chapter are complied with and enforced and report promptly to the proper authorities any violations of this chapter or any other violations of law which may come to his attention.
(4) 
Report to the President of the Town Council all cases of persons or animals affected or suspected of being affected with any communicable disease.
(5) 
Prevent the running loose of dogs, cats, or other animals or pets.
(6) 
Maintain in convenient places hand fire extinguishers, approved by the Fire Marshal for Carroll County, in the ratio of one to each six units or cabins.
(7) 
Collect the service charge provided for in § 156-13 of this chapter, from the occupants of each unit in the camp and pay over the money so collected to the Treasurer of the Town of Sykesville. A book shall be kept showing the names of the persons paying said service charges and the amount paid.
[Amended 6-11-2007 by Ord. No. 268]
(8) 
Prohibit the lighting of open fires on the premises.
(9) 
Prohibit the use of any trailer or cabin by a greater number of occupants than that which it is designed to accommodate.
[Amended 6-11-2007 by Ord. No. 268]
There is hereby imposed a service and inspection charge of $0.75 per day per unit on the occupant or occupants of each unit or trailer camps licensed hereunder. The licensee of the trailer camp shall collect this service charge for the Town of Sykesville and pay it over to the Treasurer in accordance with such reasonable regulations as the Treasurer may promulgate governing such payments.
All plumbing, electrical, building and other work on or at any camp licensed under this chapter shall be in accordance with the ordinances of the Town of Sykesville regulating such work unless said ordinances are specifically made inapplicable under the terms of this chapter.
The Board of Investigators is hereby authorized to revoke any license issued pursuant to the terms of this chapter if after due investigation it determines that the holder thereof has violated any of the provisions of this chapter or that any trailer, trailer camp, or tourist camp is being maintained in an unsanitary or unsafe manner or is a nuisance.
Any person aggrieved by an order of the Board of Investigators granting, denying, renewing, or revoking a license for a trailer camp or tourist camp, under this chapter, may file a written request for a hearing before the Board within 10 days after issuance of such order. The Board shall give notice of a public hearing upon this request to be held in not less than five days after service of the notice on the person requesting the hearing. The Board may also give notice of the hearing to other persons directly interested in the order in question. At such hearing, the Board shall determine whether the granting, denial, renewal, or revocation of the license was in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and shall issue a written findings of fact, conclusions of law and an order to carry out its findings and conclusions. These findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order shall be filed with the Secretary of the Board and served by the Board upon all parties appearing or represented at said hearing.
Any order either granting, denying, renewing, or revoking any license under the provisions of this chapter may be appealed to the Circuit Court in the same manner as appeals from any order under the building or zoning ordinances of the Town of Sykesville. Appeals from such orders must be taken within 10 days after the order is issued. Upon any such appeal the findings of fact of the Board of Investigators, if supported by substantial evidence, shall be conclusive.
A. 
Any person found guilty of violating any provision of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than $5 and not more than $100, and every day such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense and be punishable as such hereunder.
B. 
All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent with or contrary hereto are hereby repealed, except, nothing in this chapter shall be interpreted so as to conflict with the State Housing Laws, state legislation regulating trailers, trailer camps or tourist camps or any of the requirements of any ordinances of the Town of Sykesville not mentioned or made inapplicable by the express terms of this chapter.