[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Lebanon by Ord. No. 28-1988 (Sec. 4-4 of the 1985 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
All persons must comply with any and all State Sanitary Code regulations contained in N.J.A.C. 8:22 et seq., in addition to any requirements contained in this chapter. In the event of a conflict between provisions contained in the State Sanitary Code and this chapter, the provisions of the State Sanitary Code shall apply, unless the provisions of this chapter are stricter, in which case this chapter shall apply.
As used in this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings indicated below:
- CAMPING FACILITY
- Any lot or parcel of land upon which two or more campsites are maintained or operated for more than 14 days in any year.
- Any plot of ground which is used or occupied for recreational purposes on an overnight basis by one or more persons and which may contain or be suitable for the parking of vehicles and trailers or the erection of tents, lean-tos or other shelters.
- NONPROFIT BASIS
- That any fee or charge imposed on users of a camping facility is used by the owner or operator solely for the purpose of maintaining the camping facility in a safe and sanitary condition.
- The person or persons actually in charge of the day-to-day operation of a camping facility. Unless proof is provided to the contrary, an owner shall be considered to be the operator.
- The person or persons holding legal title to any real property upon which any camping facility is or will be maintained.
- Any individual, firm, trust, partnership, association, or corporation other than the United States Government or the State of New Jersey and any political or administrative subdivision thereof.
- Any form of transportation for which a license is required under the motor vehicle laws of the State of New Jersey.
It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain or operate within the limits of the Township of Lebanon any camping facility unless such person shall first obtain either a Class A or B license therefor. All camping facilities in existence upon the effective date of this chapter shall within 60 days thereafter obtain such license and in all other respects fully comply with the requirements of this chapter.
Applications for camping facility licenses shall be filed in writing over the signature of the applicant with the Lebanon Township Board of Health and shall contain the following information:
The name, address and telephone number of the owner and, if different, the operator;
The location (by tax lot and block number) of the property on which the camping facility is or will be located;
An approximation of the number of campers expected to use the camping facility during the year, and the maximum number of campers expected at any one time;
The amount of any charge that will be imposed for the use of the camping facility and the disposition of the proceeds received;
The place within the Township of Lebanon where the camp registry will be maintained and available for inspection;
A statement indicating how the operator intends to provide for garbage and refuse removal, what fire protection measures will be taken and how the facility will be supervised;
A plan of the camping facility showing all buildings and improvements on the property; and:
On Class A license applications, a plan showing the location of all campsites, the facilities for camping provided by the operator for that site, a numerical designation for each site, a parking plan for all vehicles and the maximum number of campers who will use that site at any one time; or
On Class B license applications, the general location of all individual campsites.
The Board of Health shall have the camping facility inspected and review the information provided on the application. The Board shall have the right to require that the applicant provide such additional information as may be needed to ensure that the camping facility is safe and sanitary and that it complies with the requirements of this chapter and any other applicable health and safety regulation. If the Board is satisfied that the camping facility meets such requirements, it shall direct that the Township Clerk issue a camping facility license.
If there is any significant change in the information provided on an application form during the licensing period, the applicant shall be obliged to file an amended application within 60 days of such change. The change of address of the operator, a change in location of the camp registry, a 20% or more increase in the anticipated use information and the construction of any new improvements on the property shall be deemed to be a significant change.
Upon approval of the Lebanon Township Board of Health, the following licenses shall be issued to qualified applicants:
Class A license. Any person who maintains or operates a camping facility for profit shall obtain a Class A license each year. The fee for such license shall be set forth in Chapter 205, Article II, Fee Schedule.
Class B license. Any person who maintains or operates a camping facility on a nonprofit basis shall obtain a Class B license every five years. No fee shall be charged for such license.
The Board of Health shall review the usage information set forth on any application. The Board may, for reasons of health and safety, reduce the number of users at a camping facility or at any individual campsite. If the Board determines to make any reduction, the applicant shall be entitled to be heard on that decision and the Board may change its decision based upon the evidence presented by the applicant.
Licenses may be issued with conditions, and the license holder shall comply with those conditions during the licensing period. Any applicant aggrieved by a condition shall be entitled to be heard and the Board may change or amend the conditions imposed based upon the evidence presented by the applicant.
The appropriate license shall be obtained by the owner or operator of existing camping facilities within 60 days of the effective date of this chapter and thereafter on or before the 1st day of February in the year in which the license expires. Any person desiring to open a camping facility shall obtain the appropriate license prior to opening that facility and thereafter on or before the 1st day of February in the year in which the license expires. Applications shall be submitted 30 days in advance. Any Class A license issued during the year shall expire on December 31 of that same year. Any Class B license issued during the current year shall expire on December 31 of that year. The fee of Class A licenses issued for part of a year shall be prorated on a day for day basis.
Person-to-person transfers of camping facility licenses shall not be permitted. New owners or lessees must apply in person before the Planning Board.
In addition to complying with any special conditions imposed by the Lebanon Township Board of Health and maintaining the camping facility in a safe and sanitary condition, the operator of a camping facility shall comply with the following rules:
A logbook or other suitable form of written record shall be maintained by the operator containing the following information:
The name and address of any person using the camping facility.
Class A license holders shall also indicate the permit number issued to that person and the campsite number being used.
Class B license holders need not obtain the name and address of every person using the camping facility for persons who use the facility in groups. The registration of the name and address of the person in charge of that group (or a person selected by the group to act as the responsible party) plus the number of persons on that group shall be sufficient for Class B license holders.
The date and time that the person or group arrived at the camping facility and the date and time of departure.
The license plate number of any vehicle parked within the camping facility for more than 24 hours as well as the name of the owner of that vehicle and the dates and times of the arrival and departure of that vehicle.
The camp registry shall be available for inspection at all times by law enforcement officers, public health officials and any other official whose duties necessitate the acquisition of the information contained in the registry. The registry records shall be preserved for six years and kept at the place set forth on the license application.
Duration of stay. No person using a camping facility shall remain within the camping facility property for more than 18 consecutive days in any one year or for more than 40 days in any one year. Once a person departs from the camping facility, he shall not return to that facility for at least seven days unless a waiver has been obtained as provided in § 155-9 below.
Permits. The holders of Class A licenses shall issue a campsite permit to the persons using the camping facility. That permit shall contain the name and address of each person using a campsite and designate the campsite number. The permit shall also contain a description of each vehicle or shelter that will be on the campsite or parked within the camping facility.
Nothing in this chapter shall be constructed to allow the owner or operator of any camping facility to construct any structure otherwise prohibited by the Land Use Ordinance of Lebanon Township or the Uniform Construction Code Act. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to allow the owner or operator of a camping facility to rent or allow persons to occupy trailers of any type owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the owner or operator of the camping facility. Any structures or trailers lawfully in existence on the effective date of this chapter may be used as part of a licensed camping facility.
The strict requirements of this chapter may be waived upon a showing of undue hardship or impracticability on a case-by-case basis. Such waivers may be granted by the Lebanon Township Construction Official or Zoning Officer upon application in writing of any person adversely affected by this chapter.
The Lebanon Township Board of Health may revoke any camping facility license if the licensee has been found guilty of violating any provisions of this chapter. The Board may authorize the reissuance of any license upon such terms and conditions as may reduce the likelihood of a recurrence of any violation. Any licensee aggrieved by a decision of the Board shall be entitled to be heard on that decision, and the Board may change its decision based upon the evidence presented by the licensee.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties set forth in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty. Each day that a violation of this chapter shall occur or continue shall be constituted a separate offense.