City of Saco, ME
York County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Saco 5-1-1995 as Ch. VII, Sec. 7-16, of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Mobile homes — See Ch. 143.
Noise — See Ch. 149.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 211.
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, safety and welfare, provide for the protection and maintenance of public ways and ensure that waste is adequately disposed of.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A separate vehicle designed for human habitation and which can be attached or detached from a motor vehicle.
A vehicular, portable dwelling structure designed to be used for recreational purposes. This includes a travel trailer, so identified by the manufacturer; a pickup camper; a folding tent trailer; and a motorized camper where the camping portion is an integral part of the self-propelled vehicle.
MOTOR HOME - A self-contained vehicle, designed for human habitation, with its own motive power and with a passageway from the body of the home to the front seat. OCCUPY FOR LIVING PURPOSES
Includes, but is not limited to:
Connecting to electricity, water, gas or a sanitary sewer to make ready for habitation; and
Using as a dwelling place, as a substitute for or in addition to a customary dwelling unit.
A vehicle, without motive power, designed for carrying persons or property on its own and to be drawn by a vehicle with motive power. The term "trailer" shall include, but shall not be limited to, horse trailers, boat trailers and skimobile trailers.
No person shall park or store a boat, trailer, motor home, camper-trailer or camper upon any roadway, sidewalk, street or highway within any area in the city where residential dwelling units are permitted by law for longer than 24 hours during any one-week period or in any manner which creates a hazard to vehicular or pedestrian traffic by interfering with line of sight or by projecting into the traveled way or in any other manner.
[Amended 4-7-2003]
It shall be unlawful to occupy any camper-trailer or motor home for living purposes anywhere within the City except in a trailer park which is duly licensed under applicable law and maintained in accordance with applicable law.
Notwithstanding Subsection A, when a building permit has been issued for the construction or alteration of a building, the Building Inspector may issue a temporary permit, valid for six months, for the placement and occupation of one camper-trailer, camper or motor home in connection with the construction or alteration of such building, if he/she finds that the standards in Subsection C will be met. He/she may extend the permit for an additional six-month period if he/she finds that construction or alteration has been diligently pursued and that justifiable circumstances require the extension.
Standards for permits under Subsection B are as follows:
The applicant has submitted a plan showing the specific proposed location and has paid a fee established by the City Council after a public hearing.
The proposed location is on the same lot as the building being constructed or altered.
The proposed location will not violate any lot yard provision of the Saco Zoning Ordinance.
Adequate provision is made for disposal of all waste.
Notwithstanding Subsection A, a recreational vehicle may be occupied outside of an approved RV park for up to 48 hours if it meets the following standards and obtains a permit from the Code Enforcement Office based on standards (1) through (5) below. A permit may be denied or revoked if any of the standards have not been complied with.
The recreational vehicle has self-contained sewage disposal, potable water and electrical service. The recreational vehicle must be currently registered for over-the-road travel by any state government of the United States or provincial government of Canada.
The recreational vehicle is accessory to and is located on the same property as a duly-permitted "enclosed sports facility" (as defined in the Zoning Ordinance).
The occupation of the recreational vehicle occurs only during the exhibition, or the day before or after it.
No more than 20 such vehicles shall be permitted on any one lot at a time.
External electrical generators used in association with the recreational vehicles permitted under this section are prohibited.