City of Lewes, DE
Sussex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Lewes 5-12-1980. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building code — See Ch. 70.
Zoning — See Ch. 197.
As used in this chapter, the following definitions shall be applicable unless the context clearly indicates some other meaning:
TRAILER COACH
Any vehicle or similar portable structure constructed so as to permit its being used as a conveyance on a public street and so as to permit the occupancy thereof by one or more persons as sleeping quarters or as residence quarters, whether movable under its power or towed by another vehicle.
TRAILER COACH PARK
An area of land on which two or more occupied trailer coaches are harbored, either free of charge or for revenue, together with any building, structure or enclosure used as part of the equipment of such park.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to establish, maintain or operate any trailer coach park within the corporate limits of the City of Lewes or in any area over which the City of Lewes has jurisdiction without first having obtained a license therefor from the City of Lewes. Application for such licenses shall be made in writing to the City Manager and shall contain the name of the applicant, the location of the proposed park and the number of trailers to be accommodated.
Each such application shall be accompanied by a plat or sketch showing the size and location of all buildings and structures.
The annual fee for such licenses shall be $100, plus $5 for each trailer coach over five for which accommodations exist. If the number is increased, this shall be reported to the City Manager, and the additional fee, if any, necessitated by such increase shall be paid before the additional spaces are put to use. When a license is applied for or accommodations are increased during the license year, the fee shall be prorated on the basis of the number of months remaining in the license year.
No such license shall be issued to any but a person of good character nor to any corporation if any officer thereof is not a person of good character. It shall be unlawful to hire or keep as manager, superintendent or person in charge of a trailer coach park any person who is not a person of good character or any person who has been convicted of a felony.
Each trailer coach park, while operated, shall be in charge of a responsible attendant or caretaker at all times, who shall be responsible, with the licensee, for compliance with the provisions of this chapter relating to the conduct of such parks.
Each trailer coach shall be allotted a site of not less than 3,000 square feet. No trailer coach shall be parked closer than six feet to the side lot lines of a trailer coach park, if the abutting property is improved property. Each individual trailer site shall abut or face on a driveway or clear unoccupied space of not less than 20 feet in width, which space shall have unobstructed access to a public highway or alley. There shall be an open space of at least 10 feet between the sides of every trailer coach and at least five feet between the ends of every trailer coach.
An adequate supply of pure water for drinking and domestic purposes from the City water supply system shall be supplied to meet the requirements of each trailer coach occupying a space in said trailer coach park. Said water shall be obtained from faucets only, conveniently located in said park. A water meter shall be installed in each such park.
Connection to the public sanitary sewer system shall be provided for each space which may be used by a trailer coach.
It shall be the duty of the owner, his agent or caretaker to provide for the collection and removal of garbage or other waste material and to otherwise maintain the park in a clean and sanitary condition.
The parks shall be kept properly and adequately lighted at all times so that the grounds shall be safe for occupants and visitors.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to use or maintain for use as a sleeping quarter or as a residence quarter any trailer coach, used for human habitation, upon any plot of ground in the City of Lewes or in any area over which the City of Lewes exercises jurisdiction, except in a licensed trailer park.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to remove the wheels or other transporting device from any trailer coach or otherwise to affix said trailer coach permanently to the ground so as to prevent ready removal of such trailer coach, unless a permit to do so is obtained as required for the construction of a new building. Any such alteration shall be construed as converting the trailer coach into a building and subject to the requirements of Chapter 197, Zoning, and Chapter 70, Building Code, of the Code of the City of Lewes.
C. 
It shall be unlawful to occupy for sleeping or other residence purposes any trailer coach which has been rendered immobile by the removal of wheels or placing the same on a foundation or on the ground unless such trailer coach in construction and location complies with the ordinances relating to the construction, wiring, plumbing, sewer facilities and other regulations applicable to single-family dwellings.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the storage of any trailer coach for any length of time when said trailer coach is not used for sleeping or residence purposes.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $200 and imprisonment for a term of not less than 10 days nor more than 30 days for the first such conviction. For a second or subsequent conviction, any person, firm or corporation shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $500 and imprisonment for a term of not less than 20 days nor more than 60 days for each such conviction. Each day that a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter continues shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct violation.