Town of Collins, NY
Erie County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Collins 4-17-1995 by L.L. No. 1-1995; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 144.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 166.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 267.
Zoning — See Ch. 305.

§ 210-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Mobile Home and Trailer Law of the Town of Collins, New York."

§ 210-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires, the following definitions shall apply:
MANUFACTURED HOME
A factory-manufactured dwelling unit built on or after June 15, 1976, and conforming to the requirements of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, 24 CFR Part 3208, April 1, 1993, transportable in one or more sections, which in the traveling mode is eight feet (2,438 mm) or more in width or 40 feet (12,192 mm) or more in length, or, when erected on site, is 320 square feet (29.7 square meter) minimum, constructed on a permanent chassis and designed to be used with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities and includes the plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical systems contained therein. The term "manufactured home" shall also include any structure that meets all the requirements of this definition except the size requirements and with respect to which the manufacturer voluntarily files a certification required by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and complies with the standards established under the national Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Act of 1974, as amended. The term "manufactured home" shall not include any self-propelled recreational vehicle.
MOBILE HOME
A factory-manufactured dwelling unit built prior to June 15, 1976, with or without a label certifying compliance with NFPA, ANSI or a specific state standard, transportable in one or more sections, which in the traveling mode is eight feet (2,438 mm) or more in width or 40 feet (12,192 mm) or more in length, or, when erected on site, is 320 square feet (29.7 square meter) minimum, constructed on a permanent chassis and designed to be used with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities, and includes the plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical systems contained therein. The term "mobile home" shall not include travel trailers or any self-propelled recreational vehicle.
MOBILE HOME PARK
A parcel of land which is planned and improved for the placement of two or more mobile/manufactured homes which are used as dwellings and for occupancy of more than 90 consecutive days.
PERSON
Includes individuals, partnership, firm, company, corporation, tenant, owner, lessee, or licensee, their agents, heirs, or assigns.
TRAILER CAMP
Any parcel of land which is planned and improved for the placement of two or more travel trailers which are used as temporary living quarters and for occupancy of not more than 90 consecutive days.
TRAVEL TRAILER
A portable vehicle which is designed to be transported on its own wheels; which is designed and intended to be used for temporary living quarters for travel, recreational or vacation purposes; and which may or may not include one or all of the accommodations and facilities included in a mobile home.

§ 210-3 Restrictions on parking.

Within the limits of the Town of the Collins, exclusive of the area contained within the Village of Gowanda, no person shall park any mobile home or travel trailer on any highway or other public place between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Emergency or temporary parking shall not be construed as a violation of this chapter, but shall be subject to any restriction imposed by law, ordinance or parking regulation. The parking of travel trailers for storage on private property as long as the travel trailers are not used or occupied for longer than a fourteen-day period shall be permitted in the Town of Collins, outside the Village of Gowanda, but shall be subject to any other restriction imposed by law, ordinance or parking regulation.

§ 210-4 Restrictions on location.

A. 
No additional mobile homes shall be located in the Town of Collins, outside the corporate limits of the Village of Gowanda, on any private property other than a mobile home park.
B. 
Revocation; preexisting mobile home. Upon the removal of any preexisting mobile home, the new dwelling must comply with all provisions of the Code of the Town of Collins.

§ 210-5 Licenses for mobile home parks and trailer camps.

A. 
Mobile home park license. It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, maintain, operate, or permit to be established, maintained or operated upon any property owned or controlled by him or her, a mobile home park within the limits of the Town of Collins, outside the corporate limits of the Village of Gowanda, without having first secured a license therefor in compliance with the terms of this chapter. Such license shall expire on January 1 following the date of the issuance, but may be renewed subject to the provisions of this chapter for additional periods of one year.
B. 
Trailer camp license. It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, maintain or operate, or permit to be established, maintained or operated, upon any property owned or controlled by him or her, a trailer camp within the limits of the Town of Collins, outside the corporate limits of the Village of Gowanda, without having first secured a license therefor in compliance with the terms of this chapter. Such license shall expire on January 1 following the date of issuance, but may be renewed subject to the provisions of this chapter for additional periods of one year.
C. 
Application procedure for mobile home park and trailer camp license. The application for a license or for the renewal thereof shall be filed with the Town Clerk, and shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee as hereinafter provided. Such application shall:
(1) 
Be in writing and verified by the applicant;
(2) 
State the name address of the applicant;
(3) 
State the nature and extent of his or her interest in the proposed mobile home park or trailer camp, and whether he or she is the owner of the property;
(4) 
If the applicant is not the owner of the real property for which a license is desired, be accompanied by a duly verified statement of the owner of the real property that the applicant is authorized by him or her to construct or maintain the mobile home park or trailer camp, and to make the application therefor;
(5) 
Contain the location and legal description of the premises and the proposed number of trailer or mobile home spaces;
(6) 
Such other information as may be required to assist in the determination of compliance with this chapter.
D. 
Approval procedure for license for mobile home parks and trailer camps.
(1) 
The Town Clerk shall submit the application and plans to the Town Board after:
(a) 
Review and report, in writing, by the Town Planning Board. The report shall include statement as to whether the application complies with this chapter;
(b) 
Approval by the Erie County Health Department as meeting the requirements of its Sanitary Code and regulations.
(2) 
After receiving the above, the Town Board shall cause an inspection of the premises of the proposed mobile home park or trailer camp site to be made and after receiving a report on the inspection shall either approve or disapprove the application.
(3) 
If the application is disapproved by the Town Board, such application shall be endorsed accordingly, together with the reason or reasons for such disapproval. Any person deeming himself or herself aggrieved by this action of the Town Board may institute a proceeding under Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules for a review of such action.
E. 
License fee for mobile home parks or trailer camps. The application for a license, or renewal thereof, for a mobile home park or a trailer camp shall be filed with the Town Clerk and shall be accompanied by a fee as set from time to time by the Town Board.
F. 
Exceptions. The provisions of this section shall not apply to mobile home parks or trailer camps in operation prior to the adoption of the ordinance from which this chapter is derived except that the operator thereof shall be subject to the license provision and the annual renewal thereof as herein provided.

§ 210-6 Revocation and suspension.

A. 
The Town Board may, after notice and proper hearing, revoke or suspend any permit or license issued pursuant to the terms of this chapter for a violation of any of the provisions hereof.
B. 
Upon the revocation of any such permits or license, the premises shall forthwith cease to be used for the purpose for which the license or permit was issued, and all mobile homes or travel trailers shall be removed therefrom.
C. 
Upon the revocation of any such permit or lease, any mobile home or travel trailer covered thereby may not be relocated in the Town of Collins, outside the corporate limits of the Village of Gowanda, except in compliance with all the provisions of this chapter.

§ 210-7 Alterations and additions.

No permanent additions of any kind shall be built onto or become a part of any mobile home or travel trailer in a mobile home park or trailer park.
A. 
Skirting of mobile homes is permissible, but such skirting shall not be permanently attached to the mobile home in such a way that it permanently attaches the mobile home to the ground.
B. 
Jacks or stabilizers may be placed under the frame of any mobile or manufactured home to prevent movement on the springs while the mobile home is parked and occupied.
C. 
Entranceway. A temporary entrance may be constructed to protect the mobile or manufactured home from winter weather.

§ 210-8 Penalties for offenses.

A. 
A violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute a violation pursuant to the Penal Law and, upon conviction, shall be subject to the penalties set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-3, of the Code of the Town of Collins.
B. 
The imposition of any penalty for violation of this chapter shall not excuse the violation or permit the same to continue.