Village of Fonda, NY
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Fonda at time of adoption of Code (See Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building code administration and enforcement — See Ch. 23.
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 28.
Unsafe buildings — See Ch. 33.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 54.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 112.
Site plan review — See Ch. 134.
Wood-burning furnaces — See Ch. 166.
A. 
In the Village of Fonda no building, structure, or land shall be occupied and no building shall be erected or altered unless such action complies with the requirements of this chapter.
B. 
All present or future buildings within the Village having toilet facilities of any kind shall be connected with the Village sewer and water system.
C. 
No junkyards shall be permitted anywhere within Village limits; nor shall there be any dumping of refuse, used or discarded materials, or matter of any kind within the limits of the Village.
D. 
No single-wide mobile homes shall be permitted within Village limits.
E. 
Maximum height shall be 35 feet, exceptions shall apply to farm buildings, church spires, chimneys, or other structures built above the roof and not devoted to human occupancy.
F. 
Certification of occupancy issued by the Village Code Enforcement Officer is required for properties and structures within the Village of Fonda corporate limits.
(1) 
New construction. All new structures erected within the corporate limits of the Village of Fonda shall require a certificate of occupancy prior to use or occupancy.
(2) 
Property conversions and expansions. All properties that are converted from or to commercial or residential use or changes to the number of living units within a structure requires a certificate issued by the Code Enforcement Officer.
(3) 
Sale of property. Any property wherein a transfer of ownership has occurred within the Village of Fonda requires a certificate.
(4) 
Unoccupied properties. Any property that has not been occupied for a period of 12 months or longer shall require a certificate of occupancy.
(5) 
Manufactured structures. All structures that are manufactured must apply and receive a certificate of occupancy every three years.
(6) 
Multiple dwelling and use. Properties with more than more than one family dwelling, or wherein the occupied property is used for multiple purposes of living and commercial use, requires renewal of occupancy every three years.
A residential dwelling, including mobile homes, must have a total living space that is climate controlled of no less than 900 square feet per living unit.
No mobile home or trailer shall be brought within Village limits without the express permission of the Village Board and only upon a permit directed to be issued by said Board to the Enforcement Officer and meeting the following requirements:
A. 
All mobile homes shall be for single-family occupancy with no less than 900 square feet of living space;
B. 
Mobile homes must be double-wide;
C. 
Mobile homes must be certified as meeting the Mobile Home Construction and Safety Standards of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Used mobile homes must be under six years old and be in excellent condition;
D. 
Mobile homes shall be located on single family lots which meet minimum lot size;
E. 
The mobile home should appear to face the street. Meaning that the long axis will be parallel to the public street.
F. 
All mobile homes shall be on a permanent foundation of either poured concrete or blocks of at least three blocks above grade that must form a complete enclosure under exterior walls. No exposed building paper, wallboard or other unfinished materials will be permitted for this purpose, or for other additions such as storage space and carports;
G. 
The main body of the mobile home should be a rectangle, not be less than 24 feet narrow in its least dimension. Rectilinear form may be relieved by breaks in facade, and apparent size may be increased by adding an attached garage at the end;
H. 
The exterior walls should look like wood or masonry, regardless of their actual construction;
I. 
If the mobile home complies with the provisions of this section and all building requirements, a certificate of occupancy shall be issued, which certificate shall be renewed every three years. Renewal may be withheld if violations of local, state or federal codes exist.
All properties which are primarily used for residential living space must meet the requirements of this section:
A. 
Lot size of not less than 5,000 square feet for a single-family home;
B. 
Lot size of not less than 2,500 square feet for each additional living unit within the same structure;
C. 
A width of not less than 50 linear feet for a single-family home;
D. 
Additional width of 15 feet per additional living unit within the same structure;
E. 
For a single-family residence, there shall be two side yards with a total width of not less than 24 feet. The minimum width of any one side yard shall not be less than eight feet;
F. 
For a two-family dwelling, there shall be two side yards with a total width of 24 feet, and the minimum width of one side yard shall not be less than 10 feet.
G. 
For dwellings of three or more dwelling units, there shall be two side yards of a total width of not less than 24 feet, plus an additional four feet for each dwelling unit in excess of three contained in the building. The width of the narrower of the two side yards shall not be less than 12 feet.
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation, punishable by a minimum fine of $100 and not exceeding $500 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct violation hereunder.