Township of Washington, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Campgrounds — See Ch. 155.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 180.
Land development — See Ch. 275.
[Adopted 12-3-1964 by Ord. No. 33]

§ 442-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CAMPING VEHICLE
Includes 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 is located in a licensed private campground, also known as a "recreational camp."
PERSON
An individual, firm, partnership, corporation or association of persons.
TRAILER OR MOBILE HOME
Includes any vehicle used, transported or intended for conveyance upon the public streets or highways, so designed or constructed as to permit occupancy of the vehicle as a dwelling or sleeping place for one or more persons and capable of being transported either under its own power or attachment to a motor vehicle or other means of transportation.

§ 442-2 Prohibition; exceptions.

No person shall occupy or use a trailer or mobile home for dwelling purposes anywhere in the Township of Washington with the following exceptions:
A. 
Camping vehicles when located in a duly established and licensed private campground or recreation camp.
B. 
Trailers or mobile homes which are duty licensed and used for dwelling purposes, in their present location, at the time this article becomes effective.

§ 442-3 License fee.

[Amended 11-4-1971 by Ord. No. 44]
The trailers or mobile homes designated as exceptions in § 442-2B above shall be considered nonconforming uses and may be continued upon payment of the annual license fee of $225 for each such trailer or mobile home. However, such nonconforming uses will be considered to be terminated and not to be renewed upon abandonment, failure to pay the license fee, movement from the present location or replacement by a trailer or mobile home of greater size.

§ 442-4 Storage restrictions.

It shall be lawful for bona fide residents of the Township or bona fide visitors to such residents to store their trailer or mobile home on the property of such residents or upon an established parking lot, but in these instances said trailers or mobile homes must not be used as dwelling or sleeping quarters.

§ 442-5 Restrictions on use on public streets.

A. 
It shall be unlawful to park any trailer or mobile home upon any street in the Township except for the time customarily needed for shopping, business calls or other proper business.
B. 
It shall be unlawful to park any trailer or mobile home in any public street or thoroughfare in a place at which such parking would cause congestion or impede the normal flow of traffic or public use of the thoroughfare.
C. 
It shall be unlawful to make use of any of the toilet facilities in any trailer or mobile home while on any street within the limits of the Township, and each such trailer or mobile home while on any street within the limits of Washington Township shall have its toilet facilities, lavatories, basins and any other contrivance from which any liquid or excrete may flow completely sealed.

§ 442-6 Violations and penalties.

Any person violating this article or any part thereof shall, upon conviction thereof by a court of competent jurisdiction, be punished by a fine of not more than $100 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both, in the discretion of the court, and each day that this article is violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[Adopted 12-7-1989 by Ord. No. 1989-10]

§ 442-7 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MOBILE UNITS
Includes any and all mobile units encompassed per § 275-74B(7) of Chapter 275, Land Development, and any amendments thereto, and shall further be deemed to include, but not be limited to, mobile homes, travel trailers, recreational vehicles, tractor trailers, campers, vans, buses, container/modular/roll-off type units from motor vehicles, and similar mobile units.

§ 442-8 Prohibition.

Unless specifically authorized by Chapter 275, Land Development, or any amendments thereto, or Chapter 155, Campgrounds, adopting Chapter 11, Campgrounds, of the State of New Jersey State Sanitary Code as a minimum standard governing supplied facilities, utilities and other physical aspects and conditions in all campgrounds located within Washington Township, mobile units as defined in § 442-7 of this article are prohibited within the Township of Washington.

§ 442-9 Temporary use license.

In the event of damage to or destruction of a home or other dwelling unit or building constituting the principal commercial use on a lot, as defined by Chapter 275, Land Development, an individual or entity who wishes to reconstruct said unit may apply to the Washington Township Committee for a license for a temporary permitted use of a mobile unit during development and reconstruction. The Committee shall refer the matter to the Planning and Zoning Board for review. The Planning and Zoning Board shall make findings and recommendations to the Committee.

§ 442-10 Fee for temporary use license.

The application fee for such temporary usage of a mobile unit shall be $500 and shall be submitted to the Township Clerk upon application for said use. In the event such use is permitted to continue for more than one year, there shall be an annual application form and permit fee of $500 payable on or before January 31 of the year for which the permit is requested, said sum payable to the Township Clerk. Applications for new permits received on or after July 1 shall have the fee prorated to a fee equivalent to 1/2 the annual rate. The Township Committee shall have the power to waive all or a portion of such permit fee upon good cause being presented.

§ 442-11 Annual fee for already-licensed units.

[Added 7-5-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-7]
The annual permit fee for any and all mobile units already licensed by the Township as of the effective date of this article shall be $500 payable on or before January 31, of the year for which the permit is requested, said sum payable to the Township Clerk. The Township Committee shall have the power to waive all or a portion of such permit fee upon good cause being presented.

§ 442-12 Add-ons prohibited.

No accessory construction of additional rooms, lean-tos, porches, storage sheds, decks, or similar appurtenant construction shall be permitted with regard to any permit issued pursuant to this article.

§ 442-13 Utility connections.

Services and connections for electrical power, water supply and sewage disposal shall be permitted only in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code[1] and other applicable codes and regulations.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 180, Construction Codes, Uniform.

§ 442-14 Temporary use during construction of new dwelling.

In the event that the applicable permits and approvals have been secured for the construction of a new house or other dwelling unit, an individual may apply to the Washington Township Committee for a license for a temporary permitted use of a mobile unit during development and construction. The granting of such license shall be conditioned upon the individual securing the applicable variance from the Washington Township Planning and Zoning Board. The Board shall have the power to waive such requirements upon good cause being presented for such mobile units which will be temporarily utilized for nonresidential purposes, including, for the sake of definition but not limited to, storage purposes.

§ 442-15 Inspections; notice of violation; remedies.

The Code Enforcement Officer of Washington Township is hereby authorized and directed to make all necessary inspections to determine that any permit issued under this article is in compliance with the rules and regulations set forth herein. If the Code Enforcement Officer determines that there are reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a violation of any provision of this article, he shall give notice of such alleged violation to the person or persons responsible therefor. Such notice shall be put in writing and include a statement of why it is being issued and allow a reasonable time for performance of any act required. If the owner, agent or occupant, whichever is applicable, shall not comply with the notice of violation within 30 days, the Code Enforcement Officer shall forthwith cause a summons to issue citing the particular violation or violations therein and which summons is returnable in the Municipal Court of the Township of Washington. The Township of Washington may also take such steps to obtain injunctive relief in a court of competent jurisdiction if it deems such action necessary.

§ 442-16 Nonapplicability.

This article is specifically not applicable to contractors and construction trailers which are temporary permitted uses under Chapter 275, Land Development, § 275-78B.

§ 442-17 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or be imprisoned in the Burlington County Jail for a period not to exceed 90 days or shall suffer both fine and such imprisonment, and each day of illegal activity on the part of such person, firm or corporation shall be deemed to constitute a separate and distinct offense.