Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.R.S. 40:49-5.1, the Private Campgrounds Code as approved by the Department of Health and the Department of Conservation and Economic Development and filed in the Secretary of State's office is hereby accepted, adopted and established as a standard to be used as a guide in determining whether campground dwellings, as well as their facilities, located in this city are safe, sanitary and fit for human habitation and rental.
A copy of the Private Campgrounds Code is annexed to this chapter and three copies of the same have been placed on file in the office of the City Clerk and are available to all persons desiring to use and examine the same.
The Board of Health is hereby authorized and directed to make inspections to determine the condition of camp dwellings, as well as their facilities, located within the city in order that they may perform their duty of safeguarding the health and safety of the occupants of camp dwellings, as well as their facilities, and of the general public. For the purpose of making such inspections, the Board of Health is hereby authorized to enter, examine and survey at all reasonable times all camp dwellings, as well as their facilities. The owner or occupant of every camp dwelling, as well as its facilities, or the person in charge thereof shall give the Board of Health free access to the camp dwelling, as well as its facilities, at all reasonable times for the purpose of such inspection, examination and survey. Repairs or alterations, as are necessary, shall be made in compliance with the provisions of this chapter or with any lawful rule or regulations adopted or any lawful order issued pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. All references herein to Board of Health shall refer to the Atlantic County Board of Health which assumes primary responsibility for the inspection and enforcement of this chapter, except under emergency circumstances where the Estell Manor Board of Health may be called upon to undertake such duties.
Whenever the Board of Health determines that there are reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a violation of any provision of this chapter, or of any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, he shall give notice of the alleged violation to the person responsible therefor, as hereinafter provided. The notice shall be put in writing and include a statement of the reasons why it is being issued. The notice shall be served upon the owner or his agent, or the occupant, as the case may require, provided that the notice shall be deemed to be properly served upon the owner or agent, or upon the occupant if a copy thereof is served upon him personally, or sent by registered mail to his last known address, or is posted in a conspicuous place in or about the dwelling affected by the notice, or if he is served within such notice by any other method authorized or required under the laws of this state. The notice shall contain an outline of remedial action which, if taken, will effect compliance with the provisions of this chapter and with rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.
Any person affected by any notice which has been issued in connection with the enforcement of any provision of this chapter, or of any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter before the Board of Health, provided that the person shall file in the office of the Board of Health a written petition requesting a hearing and setting forth a brief statement of the grounds therefor within 10 days after the day the notice was served. Upon receipt of the petition, the Board of Health shall set a time and place for the hearing and shall give the petitioner written notice thereof. At the hearing, the petitioner shall be given an opportunity to be heard and to show why such notice should be modified or withdrawn. The hearing shall be commenced not later than 10 days after the day on which the petition was filed, provided that, upon application of the petitioner, the Board of Health may postpone the date of the hearing for a reasonable time beyond the ten-day period, if in its judgment the petitioner has submitted a good and sufficient reason for such postponement. After the hearing, the Board of Health shall sustain, modify or withdraw the notice, depending upon its findings as to whether the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto have been complied with. If the Board of Health sustains or modifies the notice, it shall be deemed to be an order. Any notice served pursuant to this chapter shall automatically become an order if a written petition for a hearing is not filed in the office of the Board of Health within 10 days after the notice is served. The proceedings at the hearing, including the findings and decision of the Board of Health, shall be summarized, reduced to writing and entered as a matter of public record in the office of the Board of Health. The record shall also include a copy of every notice or order issued in connection with the matter. Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Board of Health may seek relief therefrom in any court of competent jurisdiction as provided by the laws of the state. Whenever the Board of Health finds that an emergency exists which requires immediate action to protect the public health or safety, it may, without notice or hearing, issue an order, reciting the existence of the emergency and requiring that the action be taken as he deems necessary to meet the emergency. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this chapter, the order shall be effective immediately. Any person to whom the order is directed shall comply therewith immediately but, upon petition to the Board of Health, shall be afforded a hearing as soon as possible. After the hearing, depending upon its findings as to whether the provisions of this chapter and of the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto have been complied with, the Board of Health shall continue the order in effect or modify it or revoke it.
Private Campground. An annual license fee for a private campground shall be payable to the Clerk in the sum of $400 for up to 200 campsites, plus $2 for each additional campsite over 200. Applications for permits for a private campground license shall be made to the City Clerk, and no permit shall be issued by the city unless the annual license fee is first paid.
Camp Cars or Trailers. Anything to the contrary contained notwithstanding, any owner of land in the city may maintain and occupy upon his land his camp car or camp trailer for a period not to exceed two weeks per year, provided that the camp car or camp trailer has a self-contained sanitary unit or similar facilities approved by the local Board of Health. Application shall be made to the City Clerk in advance of the use for permit and inspection, upon payment of a fee of $5.
Nothing contained herein shall prohibit owners of camping trailers, tent trailers, travel trailers and similar vehicles from noncommercial storage of the vehicles upon their land in the city, during the time as the vehicles are not in actual use, provided that commercial storage or storage of nonowned vehicles is prohibited.
The Board of Health is hereby authorized and empowered to make and adopt written rules and regulations as it may deem necessary for the proper enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, provided that the rules and regulations shall not be in conflict with the provisions of this chapter or in any way alter, amend or supersede any of the provisions thereof. The Board of Health shall file a certified copy of all rules and regulations which it may adopt in its office and in the office of the Clerk of the city.
The violation of this chapter, or a violation of the Private Campgrounds Code, N.J.A.C. 8:22-1.1 et seq., or any other sanitary code adopted by the New Jersey State Department of Health pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:1A-7 et seq., shall, unless otherwise provided therein, be subject to one or more of the following penalties: imprisonment for a term of up to 90 days; a fine of up to $1,000; or a period of community service of up to 90 days.