City of Royal Oak, MI
Oakland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of Royal Oak 7-28-1958 by Ord. No. 58-16. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PERSON
Extends and applies to firms, corporations or voluntary associations as well as to individuals.
TRAILER COACH
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 designed, constructed, reconstructed, or added to by means of an enclosed addition or room 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 or skirting.
A. 
No person shall park or cause to be parked any trailer coach overnight on any street, alley, highway or other place; provided that, where there are practical difficulties or unnecessary hardship in the way of carrying out the strict letter of this provision, the Zoning Board of Appeals shall have power in passing upon appeals to vary or modify this provision, so that the spirit of this chapter shall be observed, public safety secured and substantial justice done. All appeals taken pursuant to this provision shall be treated in exactly the same manner as appeals to the Zoning Board of Appeals for variances from Chapter 770, Zoning. The Zoning Board shall not grant a variance permitting the parking or storage of a trailer coach upon public street right-of-way unless the following minimum conditions are met:
[Amended 10-25-1971 by Ord. No. 71-12]
(1) 
The right-of-way between curb and sidewalk must be of sufficient width so that the trailer coach may be parked parallel to the sidewalk and be at least 10 feet from the curbline, and not infringe upon the sidewalk or any other pedestrian area.
(2) 
The parked trailer coach shall be no closer than 25 feet to any street intersection, and at least 10 feet away from any driveway on adjacent property.
(3) 
The area upon which the trailer coach is parked or stored must be hard surfaced.
B. 
In all residential districts, no trailer coach shall be parked between the established front setback line and the front property line on any lot; provided, however, that a trailer coach may be parked on a driveway between the front setback line and the front property line for a period not to exceed 24 hours upon obtaining permission from the Building Inspection Division and only for the purpose of loading and unloading where it is physically impossible to accomplish loading and unloading behind the front setback line.
[Amended 7-31-1978 by Ord. No. 78-16]
C. 
No trailer coach shall be used or occupied unless there is a clear unoccupied space of at least 10 feet on all sides thereof.
D. 
No person shall park or permit the parking of any occupied trailer coach or use or occupy, or permit the use or occupancy of, any trailer coach on any site, lot, field or tract of land not specifically licensed as a trailer coach park, except only as provided in this chapter.
No person shall use or permit the use of any trailer coach as a residence on any site, lot, field or tract of land not specifically licensed as a trailer coach park, except by written permit as hereinafter provided. All applications for a permit shall be made to the City Clerk. The application shall contain:
A. 
The name of the owner of the trailer coach and the names of all occupants, including the ages of all children.
B. 
The location of the proposed parking site as to street or road and street number or by legal property description where no street number is available.
C. 
The make and length of the trailer coach and its vehicle license number if any.
D. 
The date of application.
E. 
The signature of the property owner, accepting his responsibilities under the permit.
F. 
The signature of the Health Officer in evidence that waste disposal facilities and sanitation of the premises are in compliance with all applicable statutes and local regulations.
G. 
The signature of the applicant.
Upon the filing of such application, the Health Officer shall cause an inspection to be made of such premises and trailer coach, and if he finds that adequate facilities are afforded on the premises for the disposal of waste and excreta and it appears that the parking, use and occupancy of such trailer coach complies with the statutes of the State of Michigan and ordinances of the City, he shall approve such application.
[Amended 8-18-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-20]
A registration fee set by resolution of the City Commission shall accompany the application to the City Clerk for the purpose of defraying the cost of sanitary inspection and administrative costs.
No person shall spill or drain any wastewater or liquid waste of any kind upon the ground or upon any paved areas.
A. 
No person shall remove or cause to be removed the wheels or tires from any trailer coach except for the purpose of repair, nor shall any person elevate, block or stabilize any trailer coach other than with jacks designed, provided and intended for that purpose.
B. 
No parked trailer coach shall be occupied for sleeping purposes by a greater number of persons than said vehicle is designed and arranged to accommodate.
The Health Officer or his authorized representative, or any member of the Inspection Department, or any member of the Police Department of the City, shall have the authority to enter and inspect at any reasonable time any premises upon which a trailer coach is parked, used or occupied for the purpose of ascertaining that the owner, operator or occupant thereof is complying with all statutes, ordinances and rules and regulations governing the same.
[Amended 12-5-1994 by Ord. No. 94-6]
A. 
A person violating this chapter for the first time is responsible for a municipal civil infraction and is subject to payment of a civil fine of not less than $50, plus costs.
B. 
A person violating this chapter for the second time is responsible for a municipal civil infraction and is subject to payment of a civil fine of not less than $100, plus costs.
C. 
A person violating this chapter for the third time is responsible for a municipal civil infraction and is subject to payment of a civil fine of not less than $150, plus costs.
D. 
A person violating this chapter for the fourth or subsequent time is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or to both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.