City of Marshfield, MO
Webster County
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Section 535.010 Definitions.

[R.O. 2014 §535.010; Ord. No. 1340 §1, 7-10-2008]
For purposes of this Chapter, the following terms shall have the following definitions:
STORAGE CONTAINER
A container which is capable of use for shipping goods or materials by rail, air, sea or over the road and which may be used on a lot for storage. The term "storage container" shall not include a trailer as defined herein.
TRAILER
A container permanently mounted on wheels that was or may be used for storage, regardless of whether or not it is currently licensed for hauling or moving materials on the road, regardless of whether or not a tractor or other device for pulling same is present on the lot whether the trailer is located.

Section 535.020 Authorized Use of Storage Containers.

[R.O. 2014 §535.020; Ord. No. 1340 §1, 7-10-2008]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to allow, place or maintain or use a storage container on any property except in compliance with this Section.
B. 
Residential Districts.
1. 
Storage containers shall be allowed for the purpose of their loading and/or unloading for a period not to exceed fourteen (14) days.
2. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, storage containers shall be allowed for a period in excess of fourteen (14) days in the following circumstances:
a. 
If the storage container is used in connection with the storage of tools or building supplies needed for a construction project or personal property of the owner or tenant of a residence which is being remodeled; provided however, that storage containers shall not be allowed prior to the issuance of a building permit and shall be removed within three (3) days of the issuance of an occupancy permit.
b. 
If the storage container is used in connection with the storage of personal property of the owner or tenant of a residence which has been destroyed or suffered substantial casualty due to natural disaster. In such event, a storage container shall be allowed for a period not to exceed one hundred eighty (180) days and, if necessary, shall automatically renew for an additional one hundred eighty (180) days if the property owner has secured all necessary permits and approvals for the construction, reconstruction or repair of the premises.
3. 
Storage containers shall not have any utility connected thereto, temporary or permanent.
C. 
Business Districts.
1. 
Storage containers shall be allowed for storage purposes only.
2. 
Storage containers may not be utilized as the principal use of the business premises.
3. 
Storage containers shall not have any utility connected thereto, temporary or permanent; provided however, utilities may be connected to a storage container serving as a temporary office for the administration, supervision and/or oversight of a construction project for a period not to exceed two hundred seventy (270) days.
4. 
Storage containers shall not occupy any part of required setbacks, fire lanes, easements or rights-of-way.
5. 
Storage containers shall not occupy more than thirty percent (30%) of the square footage of the permanent floor area of the business or one thousand five hundred (1,500) square feet, whichever is less; provided however, in any event no more than five (5) storage containers shall be allowed per property.
D. 
Industrial And Industrial Park Districts.
1. 
Any retail or wholesale use in an industrial or industrial park district shall conform to the requirements for business districts set forth in Subsection (C) of this Section.
2. 
Storage containers shall be allowed for storage purposes only.
3. 
Storage containers may not be utilized as the principal use of the business premises.
4. 
Storage containers shall not have any utility connected thereto, temporary or permanent; provided however, utilities may be connected to a storage container serving as a temporary office for the administration, supervision and/or oversight of a construction project for a period not to exceed two hundred seventy (270) days.
5. 
Storage containers shall not occupy any part of required setbacks, fire lanes, easements or rights-of-way.
6. 
Up to twenty (20) storage containers, occupying a total square footage of not more than five percent (5%) of the square footage of the permanent floor area of the primary structure, shall be allowed for each property.
E. 
All storage containers shall be maintained in an orderly fashion and shall conform to the requirements and regulations of the International Property Maintenance Code as adopted by the City.

Section 535.030 Permit Required.

[R.O. 2014 §535.030; Ord. No. 1340 §1, 7-10-2008]
A. 
No person shall place, maintain or use a storage container on any property without having first been issued a permit by the Building Inspector; provided however, that the use and placement of a storage container for the storage of property of the owner or tenant of a building which has been destroyed or suffered substantial casualty due to a natural disaster may be allowed prior to the issuance of a permit, provided that a permit is obtained within five (5) days of such destruction or casualty.
B. 
Permits for storage containers located upon property in a business, industrial or industrial park zoned district shall be effective for three hundred sixty-five (365) days.
C. 
An application for a permit shall be made by the owner of the property, a person in control of the property, a tenant or a person operating a business on the property where the storage container will be located.
1. 
The application shall be in writing, signed and sworn to by the applicant. It shall be unlawful for any person to make a false statement in any application.
2. 
If the storage container is not owned by the applicant, the application shall state the name, address and phone number of the owner of the storage container.
3. 
The applicant shall provide access to such property for the purpose of making the inspections necessary to ensure compliance with this Chapter.
4. 
The Building Inspector shall have the authority to establish rules for processing applications and to require the applicant to submit information that the Building Inspector determines is needed to process the application.
D. 
As a condition of issuance of a permit, the Building Inspector shall require the applicant to agree, on a form prepared by the Building Inspector, that the Building Inspector or his or her designated representative may search the storage container if necessary to determine compliance with the provisions of this Chapter.
E. 
The applicant shall submit with each application a fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) per container.