Township of Oxford, NJ
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council (now Township Committee) of the Township of Oxford 4-5-1976 by Ord. No. 76-4 (Ch. 69 of the 1974 Township Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Land use procedures – See Ch. 51.
Affordable housing – See Ch. 100.
Building and lot numbering – See Ch. 133.
Driveways – See Ch. 164.
Fire prevention – See Ch. 185.
Sewers – See Ch. 260.
Site plan review – See Ch. 265.
Stormwater management – See Ch. 285.
Streets and sidewalks – See Ch. 294.
Subdivision of land – See Ch. 298.
Zoning – See Ch. 340.

§ 213-1 Short title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Oxford Township Mobile Home Park and Campground Ordinance."

§ 213-2 Definitions and word usage.

A. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CAMPGROUND
A tract of land upon which one or more campsites are located, established or maintained for occupancy by camping units of the general public as temporary living quarters for children or adults, or both, for a total of 15 days or more in any calendar year, for recreation, education or vacation purposes.
CAMPING UNIT
Any tent or camping vehicle temporarily located on a campsite, as temporary living quarters for children or adults, or both, for recreation, education or vacation purposes, but shall not include any camping unit kept by its owner on land occupied by him in connection with his dwelling.
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 intended to be utilized for temporary dwelling or sleeping purposes and which, under the provisions of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey, may be legally driven or towed by a passenger automobile on a highway.
CAMPSITE
Includes any plot of ground within a campground intended for exclusive occupation by a camping unit under the control of a camper.
MOBILE HOME or HOUSE TRAILER
A structure designed or used for occupancy as a residence, built upon or having a frame or chassis to which wheels may be attached by which it may be moved upon a highway, whether or not such structure has, at any given time, such wheels attached or is jacked up or skirted.
MOBILE HOME PARK
A tract of land upon which two or more mobile home sites are located, established or maintained for occupancy by mobile homes as permanent living quarters for children or adults, or both.
MOBILE HOME SITE
Includes any plot of ground within a mobile home park intended for exclusive occupation by one mobile home.
PERSON
An individual, firm, partnership, corporation or association of persons.
B. 
Words and terms not specifically defined above shall be as defined in Chapter 340, Zoning, § 340-4, of this Code or, if not defined therein, shall assume their common meanings.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]

§ 213-3 License requirements; fee.

A. 
No person shall conduct, maintain, erect, operate or permit to be constructed, maintained, erected, operated or offered for public or private use within the Township of Oxford a campground or mobile home park without holding a currently valid license therefor issued by the governing body.
B. 
Application for such license shall be presented, in writing, to the Township Clerk and shall set forth the following:
(1) 
Name and address of the owner of the premises.
(2) 
Name and address of the person, if different from the owner of the premises, intending to manage and operate the campground or mobile home park.
(3) 
A site plan conforming to the requirements of Chapter 265, Site Plan Review, drawn at a scale of not more than 50 feet to one inch, prepared by a New Jersey licensed professional engineer or architect with the boundary certified by a licensed land surveyor. The site plan shall also contain a place for signatures of the Mayor and Township Clerk.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
(4) 
A report from the Land Use Board stating that the Board has reviewed and approved the site plan in conformance with Chapter 265, Site Plan Review.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
(5) 
A report from the Township Engineer stating that he has approved the site plan.
(6) 
A report from the Warren County Board of Health as to the adequacy of the sewage disposal and water supply systems.
(7) 
Proof, in the form of a certified copy of a resolution by the appropriate municipal body, of the granting of all variances necessary for the operation of the proposed facility.
(8) 
Where necessary, a certified copy of the approval of the facility issued by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services.
C. 
Each application for a license shall be accompanied by the review and inspection fee of $100 for each and every campsite or mobile home site.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
D. 
The governing body, after reviewing the application, shall determine whether the license shall be granted or denied, based on the standards contained in this chapter.

§ 213-4 Regulations.

A. 
Campgrounds. The governing body shall not order, direct or authorize the issuance of a license for the establishment and maintenance of a campground unless the following standards and conditions are met:
(1) 
Campgrounds shall not be authorized in any nonresidential zone.
(2) 
No campground containing less than 10 contiguous acres shall be authorized.
(3) 
There shall be no more than three private campgrounds located within the Township.
(4) 
The boundary lines of all campgrounds shall be clearly marked to prevent campers from trespassing upon adjoining lands.
(5) 
All campsites and campground facilities, including roadways, shall be located at least 100 feet from the campground boundary line and shall also be at least 250 feet from any residence in existence at the time of the application, other than a residence situate on the campground.
(6) 
A landscaped screen consisting of evergreen trees at least eight feet high planted at five-foot centers alternating in staggered rows shall be planted along boundary lines on nonwooded tracts.
(7) 
No campsite shall be less than 100 feet from a public highway right-of-way.
(8) 
The density of campsites in a campground shall not exceed an average of 10 campsites per acre. Each campsite (including parking space) shall provide a minimum of 2,000 square feet of space.
(9) 
Campsites for camping vehicles shall be equipped with permanent running water and electrical hookups for each camping vehicle, in addition to one ten-by-twenty-foot parking space to be utilized by the towing vehicle.
(10) 
Only signs deemed necessary for the operation of the campgrounds may be authorized by the governing body, notwithstanding the provisions of Chapter 340, Zoning.
(11) 
An adequate supply of potable water, capable of supplying a total capacity of at least 100 gallons per camping unit per day, shall be provided at one or more locations in every campground. One water supply point shall be provided within 250 feet of each campsite.
(12) 
Unless specifically authorized in this section, no other structure shall be authorized in a campground.
(13) 
Vending machines shall be permitted but shall be located within the campground and shall be for use by campers only.
(14) 
Every campground shall be provided with at least one water closet for each sex, one distinctly marked "For Women" and one distinctly marked "For Men," for every four campsites. Water closets for men and women shall be provided within 250 feet of each campsite.
(15) 
There shall be provided in every campground one or more slop sinks properly connected with a septic tank, cesspool or other suitable disposal means.
B. 
Mobile home parks. The governing body shall not order, direct or authorize the issuance of a license for the establishment and maintenance of a mobile home park unless the following standards and conditions are met:
(1) 
Mobile home parks shall not be authorized in any nonresidential zone.
(2) 
No mobile home park containing less than 10 contiguous acres shall be authorized.
(3) 
There shall be no more than three mobile home parks located within the Township.
(4) 
There shall be no more than eight mobile home sites per acre, and each mobile home shall be located on an individual site of at least 3,200 square feet; provided, however, that no motor vehicle shall be parked on any site having an area of less than 4,000 square feet.
(5) 
No mobile home shall be located within 15 feet of any other, within five feet of any driveway or parking space, within 40 feet of the right-of-way of any street, or within 50 feet of any park boundary which is not the right-of-way line of a street.
(6) 
Each mobile home site shall be provided with a platform consisting of solid, six-inch-thick, poured portland cement concrete apron not less than five feet wide and 50 feet long and a paved outdoor patio of at least 180 square feet located at the main entrance to the mobile home.
(7) 
All utility wires, pipes and tanks shall be underground, except that oil tanks used as part of a central distribution system may be above the ground if fully screened from view by a wood or masonry wall or fence.
(8) 
Each mobile home park shall have an underground master television antenna system, and exterior antennas shall not be permitted on individual mobile homes.
(9) 
Each mobile home park shall contain one or more recreation areas totaling at least 300 square feet per mobile home site. At least one such area in each mobile home park shall be of such size and shape that a two-hundred-foot square may be laid out within it and shall be substantially flat, without trees, bushes or other obstructions, and maintained as lawn. No mobile home shall be a distance of more than 500 feet from a recreation area. Streets, driveways, parking areas and buildings are not to be included in calculating the size of recreation areas.
(10) 
A greenbelt, at least 30 feet in width, shall be located along all boundaries of each mobile home park, except where it is crossed by driveways. The greenbelt, along all nonwooded boundary lines, shall contain a landscaped screen consisting of evergreen trees at least eight feet high planted at five-foot centers alternating in staggered rows.
(11) 
Each mobile home park shall be graded and drained so that rainwater will not stand in pools or puddles and will drain freely from the site without detriment to adjoining property owners.
(12) 
All mobile home sites shall abut upon a driveway of not less than 36 feet in width if on-street parking is permitted and 26 feet in width if such parking is not permitted. All such driveways shall have unobstructed access to a public street, alley or highway and shall be well marked in the daytime and lighted at night with twenty-five-watt lamps or the equivalent lighting at intervals of 100 feet located approximately 15 feet from the ground.
(13) 
Walkways not less than two feet wide shall be provided from each mobile home site to any common facilities. The walkways shall be hard-surfaced, well-marked in the daytime and lighted at night with twenty-five-watt lamps or equivalent lighting at intervals of 100 feet located approximately 15 feet above the ground.
(14) 
Each street and parking area in any mobile home park shall be bounded on at least one side by a sidewalk at least three feet wide.

§ 213-5 Maintenance of premises.

Each and every person who owns, leases, operates, maintains or offers to the public the use of any campground or mobile home park shall comply with the following regulations in the operation of the facility:
A. 
Public toilets, baths, showers or other appurtenances shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and in a good state of repair.
B. 
Each campsite may accommodate no more than three camping units, including a single camping vehicle occupied by persons within the same party, but in no case shall the total number of overnight occupants exceed a density of 40 persons per acre.
C. 
Campsites for camping units may be equipped with permanent platforms, constructed by the owner. With the exception of canvas awnings or screened enclosures, which are normal camping equipment, and temporary platforms, all of which must be removed when the camping unit is removed, construction of this nature may not be done by campsite occupants. Permanent or semipermanent huts or other living room additions to camping units shall not be permitted.
D. 
Only camping units and camping vehicles, as defined above, and camper's automobiles shall be permitted on campsites.
E. 
Only camping units, as defined, shall be accommodated at a campground.
F. 
Occupancy of any campsite in a particular campground by the same person or persons shall not be permitted for more than 15 consecutive days in any month during the period from October 1 to May 1.
G. 
Except during June, July, August and September, unoccupied camping units and equipment shall not be permitted to remain on any campsite.
H. 
Every campground shall be under the supervision of a caretaker, who shall be a resident of the Township and, if not a resident of the campground, shall visit the campground each day the campground is occupied.
I. 
No owner or person in charge of a dog, cat or other pet animal shall permit it to run at large or commit any nuisance within limits of any mobile home park. All dogs shall be licensed in accordance with the Township's ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 118, Article I, Licensing and Regulation of Dogs.
J. 
No person shall remove or cause to be removed or permit the removal of wheels or similar transportation devices from any trailer or unit or otherwise permanently affix it to the ground in such a manner as would prevent the ready removal of such trailer or unit without first having obtained a permit to do so from the Construction Official of Oxford Township.
K. 
No wastewater or materials from sinks, baths, showers, toilets or other plumbing fixtures shall be deposited or permitted to flow upon the surface of the ground or into any pipe or conduit which leads into a stream; and all fixtures, when in use, shall be connected with an approved sanitary disposal system.
L. 
Every campground shall be provided with means of lighting the same at night; and all water closets, bathing units and similar facilities shall be provided with sufficient lighting, and the same shall be kept lighted during the hours of darkness.
M. 
Each mobile home park shall provide refuse containers, having a capacity of one cubic yard for each four mobile homes, located so that no mobile home is farther than 150 feet from such a container. Refuse collection may be provided on an individual basis if two metal or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids, complying with Chapter 280, Article I, Garbage, Rubbish and Refuse, § 280-8, are provided for each mobile home.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
N. 
There shall be provided in every such mobile home park or campground an adequate number of garbage receptacles with close-fitting metal covers for refuse, ashes and rubbish, in such numbers as shall be determined necessary by the Board of Health or its representatives, and such garbage receptacles shall at all times be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and shall comply with all the applicable provisions of Chapter 280, Article I, Garbage, Rubbish and Refuse.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
O. 
All rules and regulations hereafter promulgated by the Board of Health, which additional rules and regulations may be passed by resolution of the Board of Health.

§ 213-6 License expiration and renewal.

A. 
All licenses for mobile home parks and campgrounds shall expire on the 30th of June of the year following the year in which the license was issued.
B. 
Applications for renewals of existing licenses shall be filed at least 30 days prior to the expiration date of the license and shall set forth the following:
(1) 
Name and address of the owner of the premises.
(2) 
Name and address of the person, if different from the owner of the premises, intending to manage and operate the campground or mobile home park.
(3) 
The number and date of issuance of the existing license.
(4) 
An affidavit by the owner of the premises and the operator of the premises that there has been no change in the size or density of use of the facility or in the number of campsites or mobile home sites since the existing license was issued.
(5) 
An affidavit by the owner of the premises and the operator of the premises that all ordinances, rules, regulations and statutes of the municipal, state and federal governments have been complied with during the term of the existing license.
(6) 
In the event that any expansion of the number of sites or changes in the location of any sites are proposed or requested, the application shall set forth the information required in § 213-3B and C of this chapter for the entire mobile home park or campground.

§ 213-7 License fees.

[Amended 9-7-1976 by Ord. No. 76-7; 10-4-1976 by Ord. No. 76-8; 12-19-1991 by Ord. No. 91-15; 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
A. 
Mobile home parks. The annual license fee for mobile home parks shall be the sum of the following:
(1) 
A basic fee, payable to the Township Clerk on or before issuance of the license, in the sum of a minimum of $1,000 for any mobile home park of up to 40 mobile home sites, plus $25 per site for all sites over 40.
[Amended 6-20-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-04; 3-18-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-04]
(2) 
An amount equal to $225 per year per mobile home site, which such amount shall be payable to the Tax Collector in four equal installments, due and payable on September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30 of each year. Any quarterly payment made more than 10 days after the due date shall bear interest at the rate of 8% per annum for all amounts due up to $1,000 and 12% per annum on amounts due in excess of $1,000.
B. 
Campgrounds. The annual license fee for campgrounds shall be a minimum of $450 for any campground having up to 20 campsites, plus $10 per campsite for all campsites over 20.

§ 213-8 Register of occupants.

A. 
The licensee shall keep a register containing a record of all occupants of the mobile home park or campground. The register shall contain the following information:
(1) 
Name and address of each occupant.
(2) 
The make, model, state of registration, year and license number of all automobiles, camping vehicles and mobile homes.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
(3) 
The dates of arrival and departure of each occupant of the mobile home site or campsite.
(4) 
The dates of arrival and departure of each mobile home.
B. 
The licensee shall keep the register available for inspection at all times by public officials whose duties necessitate acquisition of the information contained in the register. The register records shall not be destroyed for a period of three years following the date of registration.

§ 213-9 Posting of license and rules.

The license certificate shall be conspicuously posted in the office of or on the premises of each mobile home park or campground at all times, as shall the rules and regulations of the facility. Copies of the rules and regulations shall be given to all occupants upon registration.

§ 213-10 Inspection; enforcement; revocation or nonrenewal of license.

A. 
Municipal construction officials and municipal health officials shall have the right to enter upon any mobile home park or campground at any time to inspect for compliance with all applicable rules, regulations, ordinances and statutes. Any violation shall be reported to the governing body.
B. 
In addition to the quasi-criminal proceedings authorized by § 213-12 of this chapter, the governing body may, after proper notice to the licensee of alleged violations of any applicable rule, regulation, ordinance or statute and after a hearing at which the licensee shall have an opportunity to cross-examine witnesses, either revoke an existing license or refuse to renew an existing license.

§ 213-11 Nontransferability of license.

No license issued pursuant to this chapter shall be transferable without the permission of the governing body.

§ 213-12 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11[1]]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of up to $2,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof, for each offense, and each day that a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense. This fine is in addition to any revocation or nonrenewal proceedings as set forth herein.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).