[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Freehold 9-13-1971 (§ 7-9 of the Revised General Ordinances), as amended through Ord. No. O-83-3. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Whenever used in this chapter, unless a different meaning appears from the context, the terminology of the following definition shall control:
- Any person who registers his party for the occupancy of a campsite or who otherwise assumes charge of, or is placed in charge of, a campsite.
- A plot of ground upon which two or more campsites are located, established or maintained for occupancy by camping units of the general public as temporary living quarters for children or adults, or both, for a total of 15 days or more in any calendar year, for recreation, education or vacation purposes.
- CAMPING UNIT
- Any tent or camping vehicle temporarily located on a campsite, or a cabin, lean-to, or similar structure established or maintained and operated in a campground as temporary living quarters for children or adults, or both, for recreation, education or vacation purposes, but shall not include any camping unit kept by its owner on land occupied by him in connection with his dwelling, or any camping unit which is not occupied and which is kept at a campground for storage purposes only at a location reserved for the storage of such camping units.
- CAMPING VEHICLE
- Any camp trailer, travel trailer or other unit built or mounted on a vehicle or chassis designed without permanent foundation, which is used for temporary dwelling or sleeping purposes, and which, under the provisions of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey, may be legally driven, or towed by a passenger automobile, on a highway.
- Any plot of ground within a campground intended for the exclusive occupation by camping unit or units in the control of a camper.
- The owner, lessee, tenant, or other person having authorization to permit and who permits the occupancy of a campground by campers or overnight occupants.
No person shall construct, expand, operate, or maintain a campground within the Township unless such person shall first obtain a license for the construction, expansion, operation or maintenance thereof, from the Township and pay the fees as hereinafter provided. All campgrounds in existence as of the date of the adoption of this chapter shall within 60 days thereafter obtain a license. Any approval of plans and applications for a license to construct or expand a campground shall be subject to automatic revocation in the event the applicant to whom the approval is granted shall fail to commence construction or expansion of the campground for which a license is applied for within 18 months from the date of the granting of such approval. No license shall be issued to any owner unless and until such person shall have applied for and been granted approval for the construction, expansion, or operation of such campground by the New Jersey Department of Health pursuant to Chapter XI of the New Jersey State Sanitary Code.
Campgrounds shall be permitted solely and exclusively in those locations for which a license has been granted or renewed; the license shall be issued or refused on the basis of the criteria contained in this chapter, Chapter XI of the New Jersey State Sanitary Code, and the general welfare.
Only two licenses for the construction, maintenance or operation of a campground shall be issued.
Licenses or permits to maintain and operate a campground pursuant to this chapter shall be issued annually for a three-year period, commencing on the first day of January and terminating on the 31st day of December three years hence.
The annual fee for said license shall be as provided in Chapter 150, Fees.
The renewal of any campground license shall be based on prior compliance by the owner or operator with the provisions of this chapter, the securing of any and all proper approvals from the State Department of Health, and the reasonable expectation of future compliance with this chapter and all applicable state laws and regulations.