[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mantua 4-25-1978 (Ch. 144 of the 1978 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- GOVERNING BODY
- The Township Committee of the Township of Mantua.
- RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
- A vehicular-type unit designed to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping or travel use, which either has its own motive power or is mounted on or drawn by another vehicle. The basic entities are: travel trailer, camping trailer, truck camper and motor home.
- RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARK
- A plot of land upon which two or more recreational vehicle sites are located, established or maintained for occupancy by recreational vehicles of the general public as temporary living quarters for recreation or vacation purposes.
The following regulations shall apply to all recreational vehicles in use within the Township of Mantua:
Recreational vehicles shall be regulated by and fully comply with the Standard for Recreational Vehicles, NFPA No. 501C-1974, ANSI A119.2, as approved by the National Fire Protection Association and the American National Standards Institute, save and except such portions as are or may be hereinafter deleted, modified or amended, of which standard one copy is now filed in the office of the Township Clerk of the Township of Mantua, in Volume 11 of the National Fire Code, and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated as if set out at length herein, and from the date on which this chapter shall take effect, the provisions thereof shall be controlling within the Township of Mantua.
No more than one family shall use a recreational vehicle as temporary living quarters.
A recreational vehicle may not be used as permanent living quarters by any individual or group of individuals.
No person, persons, partnership, firm, corporation or association shall conduct or carry on the business of the operation of a recreational vehicle park, or work in, occupy or directly or indirectly in any manner whatsoever utilize any place or premises in which is conducted or carried on a recreational vehicle park, unless and until the owner or operator of the recreational vehicle park has applied for and obtained a valid license from the governing body for the operation of a recreational vehicle park on the premises in question.
After receipt of application for a mobile home park license, the governing body shall inspect the proposed site or cause inspection thereof to be made by the Police, Health and Fire Departments. If, after inspection, license is granted, said premises shall remain subject to inspection by all Township officials at any time of day or night without notice. Any condition found by the officials to be detrimental to the health and welfare of its citizens or the Township of Mantua or in violation of state or local laws or the regulations set forth below shall be remedied within five days after notice, either written or oral, is given to the owner.
After review of the application and inspection of the premises involved, the governing body shall pass upon the question of whether the license shall be issued. Upon approval by the governing body, the Township Clerk of the Township of Mantua shall issue a license to the applicant.
Where the governing body denies a recreational vehicle park license to the applicant, the applicant may seek a hearing before the governing body.
The license fee for a recreational vehicle park shall be $600 per year, plus a weekly sum equal to the product of the number of occupied recreational vehicle sites in the premises multiplied by $3. Said license shall expire on December 31 of each year, and said fee is expressly imposed for revenue. The said sum of $600 shall be payable in advance for each year.
Each licensee shall maintain a recreational vehicle park registry, which shall be open at all times to the governing body, the Police Department, the Tax Collector, the Tax Assessor and such other Township officials as may require an examination of same. Each month two copies of the registry, as it pertains to the previous month, shall be submitted to the Township Clerk of the Township of Mantua, together with payment of any and all fees due the Township as provided herein. The registry shall set forth the type and license number of each recreational vehicle, body type and license number of each motor vehicle, date of arrival, whether still at the recreational vehicle park and, if not, the date of departure, and the age, name and last permanent address of the owner of each motor vehicle and recreational vehicle and of each occupant thereof.
No license granted herein shall be transferable without permission of the governing body.
No license shall be issued for more than 40 recreational vehicles in any one recreational vehicle park.
No licensee under this chapter shall levy or impose upon a recreational vehicle owner an entrance fee of any type for the privilege of locating his mobile home in or on any licensed premises.
Recreational vehicle parks shall be regulated by and comply with the requirements of the Standard for Recreational Vehicle Parks, NFPA No. 501D-1974, ANSI A119.4, as approved by the National Fire Protection Association and the American National Standards Institute, save and except such portions as are or may be hereinafter deleted, modified or amended, of which standard one copy is now filed in the office of the Township Clerk of the Township of Mantua, in Volume 11 of the National Fire Code, and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated as if set forth at length herein, and from the date on which this chapter shall take effect, the provisions thereof shall be controlling within the Township of Mantua.
The following additional regulations shall apply to recreational vehicle parks:
An opaque fireproof fence or dense shrubbery a minimum of five feet in height shall surround the entire park, with openings for entrances and exits only.
The owner or operator of the recreational vehicle park shall provide proper facilities for garbage, waste and trash disposal, including separate cans for each type of disposable material and waste.
Water supply must meet all requirements of the Township and of the State of New Jersey and must be tested as required by the State Board of Health, and a copy of each report made by the state must be delivered to the Township Committee by the owner or operator of the recreational vehicle park.
No personnel shall permit the recreational vehicle park or any recreational vehicle located therein to be used for any unlawful purpose or for any activity which would be injurious to public health or safety, nor shall the violation of any Township ordinance or statute of New Jersey be permitted.
Faucets for community water supply shall be installed in accessible locations at distances of not more than 100 feet from each mobile home unit. In addition, not less than one laundry tub and slop sink shall be installed in a permanent building for each unit of 10 recreational vehicles.
Repair shops for motor vehicles shall be located not less than 20 feet from mobile homes or any buildings.
The licensee shall provide illumination in the campgrounds and permanent buildings, including toilets and showers, from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.
Paragraph 4-2.2.1 of the Standard for Recreational Vehicle Parks, NFPA 501D, is hereby amended to include the following: The owner of the park must provide clean and sanitary toilet facilities and bathing facilities, including one shower stall for every 10 vehicle sites or fraction thereof, with separate accommodations for men and women, in a permanent building provided with adequate sewage disposal installations, such adequacy to be determined by the Board of Health.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park any recreational vehicle for any period exceeding two hours on any street in the Township of Mantua or on any premises within the limits of the Township except for the purpose of repair or storage. If any person desires to repair or store a recreational vehicle other than in a licensed location, he shall obtain a permit therefor from the governing body. Such permit shall be granted upon request without fee and shall be valid for a period of 10 days from the issuing thereof, but may for good cause shown be renewed for a further ten-day period or periods, as necessity may require. Any such recreational vehicle undergoing repairs or being stored shall not during such period of repair or storage be used by any person as a dwelling or sleeping place. Nothing herein contained shall preclude the issuance of a permit without fee by the governing body for use of a recreational vehicle as such on private property for not longer than one week. Such permits may not be renewed. Any resident of the Township of Mantua may obtain a yearly permit from the Township Clerk of the Township for the storage of any recreational vehicle at his residence, provided such storage is not prohibited by Chapter 230, Land Development. Said recreational vehicle may not be used for habitation, and said permit shall be good for a period of one year. The fee for said permit shall be $5, to cover the costs involved in issuing the permit.
In case of failure or refusal to comply with any terms or provisions of this chapter, the governing body may, on notice and hearing, refuse or revoke any license applied for or granted hereunder.
Any person, entity or corporation who or which violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by one or more of the following: imprisonment in the county jail or any place provided by the municipality for the detention of prisoners for a term up to but not exceeding 90 days or by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $2,000 or by a period of community service up to but not exceeding 90 days, or any combination of the above.
Each day that a violation exists, occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense for the purpose of imposing the penalties referred to above.