Township of Knowlton, NJ
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Knowlton 8-14-1978 as Ch. X of the Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 105.

§ 122-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MOBILE HOME
Includes mobile homes, trailers, trailer coaches, camp trailers, house trailers, camp cars and any other vehicle or unit used or intended for conveyance upon the public streets so designed or constructed as to permit occupancy of the vehicle or unit by one or more persons as a temporary or permanent dwelling, business place or sleeping place or for other occupancy or use by persons, equipped with wheels or other locomotive devices and capable of being transported from place to place either under its own power or by attachment to a motor vehicle or other means of transportation.
MOBILE HOME PARK
Any place, area, lot site or tract of land occupied by or used at the present time or at any future time by two or more mobile homes, or available for such occupancy or use, with or without charge, and shall include any building, structure, tent, camp, cottage or enclosure used or intended for use as part of or in connection with such mobile home park. The term "mobile home park" shall not be construed to include motels or permanent cabins for hire.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, partnership, corporation or association of persons.

§ 122-2 Park license required; application; inspection fee; regulations.

A. 
Required. It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, construct, maintain, operate or permit to be erected, operated or offered for public use within the Township a mobile home park without first obtaining a license therefor from the Township Committee.
B. 
Application.
(1) 
Application for such license shall be submitted, in writing, to the Township Clerk, signed by the owner of the premises to be licensed, and shall set forth the following:
(a) 
Name and address of the owner of the premises.
(b) 
Name and address of the person if different from the owner of the premises intending to manage and operate the mobile home park.
(c) 
Metes and bounds descriptions of the premises to be licensed.
(d) 
A detailed statement of provisions made for the disposal of trash, garbage and other waste materials.
(e) 
A statement from the Health Officer of the Township that all facilities required by the ordinances and regulations of the Board of Health of the Township have been provided.
(2) 
Each application shall have attached a certified copy of the resolution of the Zoning Board of Adjustment granting a special exception use and a zoning permit authorizing the construction and operation of the mobile home park, together with the approved site plan thereof, and a certificate of occupancy. The licensee shall further be held liable to continue in compliance with all of the provisions of the standards pertaining to mobile home parks set forth in Section 13-12 of the Township Zoning Ordinance.[1] Failure to comply with the Zoning Ordinance shall be cause for suspension or revocation of any license issued hereunder.
[1]
Editor's Note: For current zoning provisions, see the Land Development Regulations, published separately.
(3) 
Each application for a license shall be accompanied by an inspection fee of $25, payable to the Township of Knowlton.
(4) 
Upon receipt of such license application in proper form, the Township Clerk shall refer the same to the Health Officer, Building Inspector and Fire Chief. Each such officer shall forthwith review the application and view the proposed site and either approve or disapprove the application, setting forth, in writing, his reasons therefor. The application shall then be referred to the Township Committee for final determination as to whether the application shall be granted or refused.
C. 
Use of trailers regulated; storage provision.
(1) 
No person owning or leasing or having possession or control of any mobile home, as defined herein, shall occupy or use the same, or permit the same to be occupied or used, upon any lot or tract of land for any purpose whatsoever (even as an accessory building or use) within the Township except upon and within a mobile home park conducted, maintained and licensed by the Township for such purposes, in full and complete compliance with all the provisions of this chapter.
(2) 
This section shall not, however, prohibit residents of the Township from storing on the same premises on which they reside campers, trailers or mobile homes owned by them for recreational purposes and vacation use off the premises, provided that such campers, trailers or mobile homes may not under any circumstances at any time within the Township be used for residential purposes, nor shall this section prohibit the temporary use of trailers owned and occupied by patrons of approved private campgrounds between May 15 and October 31.

§ 122-3 Applicability.

The provisions of this chapter shall be applicable to every mobile home park in the Township and to any person maintaining, operating, conducting or permitting the same, and shall be applicable to any person living or sleeping in any mobile home in any mobile home park, as well as the owner and operator of the premises and other persons having an interest in the mobile home park or any mobile home therein.

§ 122-4 Regulation of dogs.

Dogs shall not be permitted to run at large in any mobile home park at any time.

§ 122-5 License fees; term of license; submission of report; transfer fee.

[Amended by Ord. No. 88-6]
A. 
The annual license fee for each mobile home park shall be $200, and the license period shall be the fiscal year, beginning July 1. No apportionment of any license fee shall be made. No license shall be transferred without the express approval of the Township Committee and an express undertaking by the transferee to conform with this chapter and all other municipal, state and federal regulations.
B. 
In addition to the annual license fee prescribed in the preceding subsection, the licensee shall pay to the Township a license fee of $9.50 per mobile home for each week or part thereof during which any one mobile home is located within the licensed mobile home park.
C. 
On or before the 10th day of each calendar month, the licensee shall file with the Township Clerk a report, under oath, stating the number of mobile homes occupying his licensed premises within the preceding calendar month, the duration of each such occupancy, the state, territory or country which issued the license plates on each trailer and accompanying motor vehicle and the license numbers thereof, and the name and home address of each mobile home owner. At the time of the filing of each monthly return, the licensee shall pay to the Township Clerk the weekly license fee prescribed in the preceding subsection for the preceding month.
D. 
The fee for transfer of the annual license shall be $25.

§ 122-6 Register.

A. 
It shall be the duty of the licensee to keep a register containing a record of all mobile home owners and occupants with the licensed mobile home park at all times. Such register shall contain the following information:
(1) 
Name and address of each occupant, including children.
(2) 
The make, model and year of all automobiles and mobile homes.
(3) 
The license number and registered owner of each mobile home and automobile, and state of issue.
(4) 
The date of arrival and departure of each mobile home.
B. 
Such register shall be kept available for inspection by the Township Committee, the Township Board of Health and the Township Board of Education, as well as health and law enforcement officers. Such record shall be retained and shall not be destroyed for a period of three years following the date of the last registration of the mobile home in such register, and the departure of the mobile home so registered, whichever is later.

§ 122-7 Revocation or suspension of license.

Any license granted hereunder shall be subject to revocation or suspension by the Township Committee in the following manner:
A. 
A notice shall be served on the person holding such license, specifying wherein he has failed to comply with the rules, regulations, laws and ordinances of the Township and requiring such licensee to appear before the Township Committee at the time and place therein specified not less than five days after the service of such notice, requiring such licensee to show cause at such time and place why the license should not be revoked or suspended.
B. 
At the time and place mentioned in the notice, the licensee shall have the right to appear in person, or by counsel, and introduce such relevant, competent and material evidence as he may desire, and the licensee shall be confronted with the charges against him and relevant, competent and material proof thereof. All witnesses shall be subject to cross-examination.
C. 
After the hearing, the Township Committee shall make a finding of fact and thereupon, in its discretion, revoke or suspend the license, make such terms as will provide a reasonable opportunity to the licensee to comply with any violation or dismiss the charges.

§ 122-8 Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall violate any of the terms or provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalty as stated in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, General Penalty.