Town of Bethel, NY
Sullivan County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Bethel as Ch. 52 of the 1979 Code (Ch. 87 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Dogs — See Ch. 83, Art. I
Fees — See Ch. 167.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 135.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 178.
Sewers — See Ch. 257.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 294.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 300.
Zoning — See Ch. 345.

§ 214-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
LICENSEE
Any person licensed to establish, construct, operate and maintain a mobile home park under the provisions of this chapter.
MOBILE HOME
A movable or portable dwelling not less than 12 feet in width nor 50 feet in length, built on a chassis, designed for long-term occupancy and containing a flush toilet, a tub or shower and bath and kitchen facilities and equipped with water supply, electrical supply and sewage disposal connected to outside systems.
MOBILE HOME PARK
Any plot of ground upon which two or more mobile homes, spaced less than 500 feet apart and occupied for dwelling or sleeping purposes, are located, regardless of whether or not a charge is made for such accommodation.
MOBILE HOME SPACE
A plot of ground within a mobile home park designed for the accommodation of one mobile home and the exclusive use of its occupants.
MOBILE HOME STAND
That part of an individual space which has been reserved for the placement of the mobile home, appurtenant structures or additions.
PARK
A mobile home park.
PERMITTEE
Any person to whom a temporary permit is issued to maintain or operate a mobile home park under the provisions of this chapter.
PERSON
Any natural individual, firm, trust, partnership, association or corporation.
TRAVEL TRAILER
A vehicular portable structure, built on a chassis, designed to be used as a temporary residence for travel, recreational and vacation use, having a body width not exceeding eight feet and being of any length, provided that its gross weight does not exceed 4,500 pounds.
TRAVEL TRAILER, DEPENDENT
A travel trailer having sleeping and kitchen facilities but without full bathroom equipment, a holding tank and provision for attachment to a sewer connection.
TRAVEL TRAILER, INDEPENDENT
A travel trailer having sleeping, kitchen and full bathroom equipment with a holding tank and provision for attachment to a sewer connection.

§ 214-2 License required; temporary permits.

It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, maintain, operate or conduct within the Town of Bethel a mobile home park unless duly licensed to do so as hereinafter provided and in strict compliance with this chapter and all other provisions of law and ordinances applicable thereto, except that the maintenance or operation of a mobile home park in existence on the effective date of this chapter may be continued under a temporary permit for such period of time and under such conditions as are hereinafter prescribed.
A. 
A temporary permit, upon written request therefor, shall be issued by the Code Enforcement Officer for every mobile home park in existence upon the effective date of this chapter, permitting the park to be maintained and operated during the period ending 180 days after the effective date of this chapter, without being subject to the provisions of this chapter, except such of the provisions as are made expressly applicable to permittees.
B. 
The term of the temporary permit shall be extended, upon written request, for not to exceed one additional period of 180 days, if:
(1) 
The permittee shall have filed an application for a license in conformity with § 214-3 of this chapter within 90 days after the effective date of this chapter.
(2) 
The permittee is of good moral character, and the park plans and specifications accompanying the application for license comply with all provisions of this chapter and all other applicable ordinances and statutes.
(3) 
The permittee shall have diligently endeavored to make the existing park conform fully to the plans and specifications submitted with the application.
(4) 
Failure to make the existing park conform fully to such plans and specifications shall have been due to causes beyond the control of the permittee.

§ 214-3 Applications for license; fee; renewal; transfer.

A. 
An application for a license, provided for under § 214-2, shall be made to the Code Enforcement Officer upon a form to be furnished by him.
(1) 
Said application shall state or be accompanied by:
(a) 
The name and address of the owner of the premises.
(b) 
The name and address of the applicant and the nature and extent of his interest in the business for which a license is desired.
(c) 
The location and plot plan of the mobile home park and the number of units to be provided for therein.
(d) 
Detailed plans and specifications of all buildings; structures; plumbing, sewer and drainage systems; and lighting.
(e) 
Any other information required by the Code Enforcement Officer.
(2) 
The application and all accompanying plans and specifications shall be filed in triplicate.
B. 
Such application shall be accompanied by a fee as set forth in the most current fee schedule of the Town. This fee shall cover the cost of the required investigation. If a license is subsequently issued, said fees shall be applied against the license fee; but in the event that a license is not issued, such investigation fee shall be retained by the Town.
[Amended 8-18-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990]
C. 
Upon application in writing by a licensee for renewal of a license and upon payment of the annual license fee, the Code Enforcement Officer shall issue a certificate renewing such license for another year.
D. 
Upon application in writing for transfer of a license and payment of the transfer fee, the Code Enforcement Officer shall issue a transfer if the transferee is of good moral character.

§ 214-4 Review of applications.

A. 
The Code Enforcement Officer shall examine and investigate the statements contained in such application, together with the plans and specifications. He shall refer such application to the New York State Department of Health and may adopt any or all of its suggestions for a report of his recommendations, which he shall make to the Planning Board.
B. 
No person shall maintain or operate a mobile home court which falls within the purview of Chapter VII of the New York State Sanitary Code without first having obtained a permit from the State Department of Health.
C. 
The Planning Board shall consider the report of the Code Enforcement Officer and shall for that purpose hold a public hearing upon notice prescribed by said Board upon such application and shall determine whether the proposed mobile home park or camp or automobile tourist park or camp complies with this chapter.

§ 214-5 Fees; term of license.

A. 
Fees.
[Amended 8-18-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990]
(1) 
If such application is acted upon favorably by the Planning Board, it shall direct the Code Enforcement Officer to issue a license to the applicant upon the payment of a fee as set forth in the most current fee schedule of the Town.
(2) 
The fee for transfer of a license shall be as set forth in the most current fee schedule of the Town.
(3) 
The temporary permit fee for each one-hundred-eighty-day period shall be 1/2 of the annual license fee prescribed in Subsection A(1) of this section.
B. 
Each license shall be for a period extending from the date of its issuance to the next succeeding year; and the fee for such license shall not be prorated for any lesser period than one year. Such license shall always be on display in the office of the tourist park or camp or automobile tourist park or camp.

§ 214-6 Applicability of other legislation.

A. 
In a case where a provision of this chapter is found to be in conflict with a provision of a zoning, building, electrical, plumbing, fire, safety, health, water supply or sewage disposal law or ordinance, or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, or other local law, ordinance, code or regulation, the provision or requirement which is the more restrictive or which establishes the higher standard shall prevail.
B. 
Installations, alterations and repairs to mobile homes and mobile home courts, and materials, assemblies and equipment utilized in connection therewith, shall be reasonably safe to persons and property and shall comply with applicable statutes of the State of New York and orders, rules and regulations issued by authority thereof.
C. 
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, conformity of installations, alterations and repairs of mobile home court buildings and their accessory structures, and of materials, assemblies and equipment utilized in connection with such buildings and structures, with the applicable requirements of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code shall be prima facie evidence that such work, material, assembly or equipment is reasonably safe to persons and property.
[Amended 8-18-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990]

§ 214-7 Mobile home park requirements.

The mobile home park shall conform to the following requirements:
A. 
The park shall be located on a well-drained site, properly graded to ensure rapid drainage and free from stagnant pools of water.
B. 
Each park shall provide mobile home spaces, and each space shall be clearly defined by permanent flush stakes, markers or other suitable means. Mobile home space requirements are as follows:
(1) 
Each mobile home space shall be furnished with a mobile home stand which meets the following requirements:
(a) 
A concrete slab enforced with wire mesh to a thickness of six inches and should be of sufficient size for the trailer to set on;
(b) 
A six-inch base of No. 3 stone with necessary supporting piers on concrete footings sized two feet by two feet by eight inches or 10 inches thick, with necessary reinforcements; or
(c) 
Any other slab or support method that meets with the approval of the Code Enforcement Officer shall be considered when attested to by a licensed professional engineer or architect.
(2) 
A tie-down system sufficient to withstand wind loads encountered in the area shall be furnished for each site and the adequacy of the system attested to by a licensed engineer. All mobile homes shall, when located on their respective sites, be skirted with suitable rustproof material. All tie-down systems shall meet the requirements of the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
[Amended 8-18-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990]
(3) 
The ground around the perimeter of the support slab or support system shall be pitched away from the trailer at a grade of 3/4 inch per foot for approximately five feet.
C. 
The average area per space in a mobile home park shall not be less than the lot area required per family in that zoning district in which the mobile home park is located.
D. 
An applicant for a mobile home park containing 50 or more spaces and providing central water and sewerage systems may apply to the Planning Board for a cluster subdivision. The mobile home park will then conform to the residential cluster development requirements for the RS Zoning District stated in Chapter 345, Zoning.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
E. 
Mobile homes shall be so located on each space that there shall be at least a fifteen-foot clearance between mobile home stands; provided, however, that with respect to mobile homes parked end-to-end, the end-to-end clearance may be less than 15 feet but shall not be less than 10 feet.
F. 
The distance from the line or corner of any mobile home stand to a boundary line of the mobile home court shall be adequate to protect the residential use in the court and in any case shall be not less than the following:
(1) 
When the adjoining land use, existing or permitted, is another residential use or is a minor or collector street, there shall be a minimum distance of 15 feet.
(2) 
When the adjoining land use is an arterial street or a nonresidential use, special protection shall be provided by walls or solid or louvered fencing, with appropriate planting, at a minimum distance of 25 feet from the mobile home stand.
(3) 
The distance from the line or corner of any mobile home stand to any stand on the opposite side of the street shall be 36 feet.
(4) 
The distance from the line or corner of the mobile home stand to a street pavement, a common parking area, a common walk or other common area shall be a minimum of eight feet.
G. 
All entrances and exits from any park shall be well marked and so arranged as not to constitute a traffic hazard. The street system shall provide convenient circulation by means of minor streets and properly located collector streets. All streets shall be paved with an impervious, all-weather surfacing and of the following widths:
(1) 
All entrance streets and other collector streets with guest parking both sides: 45 feet minimum.
(2) 
Collector streets with no parking: 30 feet minimum.
(3) 
Minor streets with no parking: 22 feet minimum.
(4) 
Turning circles for cul-de-sac streets: 80 feet in diameter minimum.
H. 
All mobile home spaces shall abut upon a driveway of not less than 22 feet in width.
I. 
Car parking spaces shall be provided in sufficient number to meet the needs of the occupants of the property and their guests without interfering with the normal movement of traffic. Such facilities shall be provided at the rate of at least two off-street car spaces for each mobile home space plus an additional car space for each four lots to provide for guest parking and for delivery and service vehicles.
J. 
Walkways not less than three feet wide shall be provided from mobile home stands to paved streets and to service buildings.
K. 
All driveways and walkways within the park shall be hard-surfaced and lighted at night with electric bulbs of not less than 40 watts each, spaced at intervals of not more than 100 feet.
L. 
An electrical outlet supplying a three-wire connection of at least 110-120/220-240 volts and 100 amperes shall be provided for each mobile home space.
M. 
Soil characteristics, groundwater level, drainage and topography of the site shall not generate hazards to the health or safety of mobile home park occupants. No portion of the site shall be subject to flooding, subsidence or erosion or be exposed to objectionable smoke, noise or other adverse influences. The findings of the Soil Conservation Service with respect to the quality of natural conditions shall govern.
N. 
Exposed ground surfaces in all parts of every mobile home space will be dustproof. They may be covered with stone screenings, other solid materials or a vegetative growth that is capable of preventing soil erosion and of eliminating objectionable dust.
O. 
All service buildings and the grounds of the park shall be maintained in a clean, sightly condition and kept free of any condition that will menace the health of any occupant or the public, constitute a nuisance or otherwise deviate from the requirements of Part 7, Chapter I, of the State Sanitary Code.
P. 
Bonuses. Where an improved site plan or better facilities for a mobile home park containing 50 or more spaces are provided in accordance with this section, the required site area may be reduced as follows:
(1) 
The area per mobile home space may be reduced by 5% of that required under Subsection C of this section for each of the following facilities which is provided in such park:
(a) 
Central recreational building and grounds.
(b) 
Central laundry and drying facilities.
(c) 
Central maintenance shed.
(d) 
Underground utilities, including fuel storage.
(2) 
In the case of Subsection P(1)(a) or (c) above, the proposed facilities must be approved by the Town of Bethel Planning Board as adequate for the purpose of the project.

§ 214-8 Water supply.

A. 
A sufficient supply of potable water for drinking and domestic purposes shall be supplied under adequate pressure to outlets servicing mobile homes, service buildings, drinking fountains, hose connections, hydrants, etc. Each mobile home space shall be provided with a cold water tap at least four inches above the ground.
B. 
Water supply connections shall be located a safe distance from sanitary drainage connections and shall not be subject to surface drainage. Means shall be provided for a suitable watertight connection, without cross connection and danger of freezing.
C. 
An adequate supply of hot water shall be provided at all times in the service buildings for all bathing, washing and cleansing facilities.
D. 
Only a public water supply or other supply approved by the state or county health department having jurisdiction shall be used. If a private water supply is used, arrangements must be made for a monthly bacteriological analysis, at the expense of the licensee, by a laboratory approved by the state or county health department having jurisdiction and a report thereof filed within 24 hours of completion of analysis.

§ 214-9 Sewage disposal.

A. 
Waste from the plumbing of a mobile home will be discharged into a sewerage system in compliance with applicable regulations and procedures of the State Department of Environmental Conservation or into a septic tank system in compliance with the procedures and regulations of the State Department of Health.
B. 
No sewage from a plumbing system shall be disposed of into the waters of the State of New York, except where specially approved by the authority having jurisdiction, in accordance with Article 17 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law.
C. 
Where a public sewage disposal system is not available, an adequate private sewage disposal system, approved by the state, county or city health department having jurisdiction, shall be provided.
D. 
Each mobile home space shall be provided with a sewer at least four inches in diameter, which shall be connected to receive the waste from the shower, bathtub, flush toilet, lavatory and kitchen sink of the mobile home harbored in such space and having any or all of such facilities. The sewer in each space shall be connected to discharge the mobile home waste into a public sewer system in compliance with applicable ordinances or into a private sewer and disposal plant or septic tank system of such construction and in such manner as will present no health hazard. No dry or chemical toilet shall be used within the Town, and all mobile home toilets, unless sewer-connected, shall be sealed while transiently parked within the Town limits. Disposal of chemical toilet waste to septic tanks will affect the septic action and seriously damage the system, and such disposal is therefore prohibited.

§ 214-10 Garbage receptacles.

A. 
Metal garbage cans with tight-fitting covers shall be provided in quantities adequate to permit disposal of all garbage and rubbish. Garbage cans shall be located not farther than 300 feet from any mobile home space. The cans shall be kept in sanitary condition at all times. Garbage and rubbish shall be collected and disposed of as frequently as may be necessary. At least one receptacle shall be provided for every unit or part thereof.
B. 
As an alternative to providing separate garbage cans for each mobile home unit, metal dumpsters or similar devices, with securely fitting metal covers, may be supplied, provided that they are approved by the Code Enforcement Officer and are kept in a sanitary condition at all times.

§ 214-11 Fire protection.

Every park shall be equipped at all times with fire extinguishing equipment in good working order, of such type, size and number and so located within the park as to satisfy applicable reasonable regulations of the Fire Department. No open fires shall be permitted at any place which may endanger life or property. No fires shall be left unattended at any time.

§ 214-12 Pets.

No owner or person in charge of any dog, cat or other pet animal shall permit it to run at large or commit any nuisance within the limits of any mobile home park.

§ 214-13 Prohibited vehicles.

No mobile home of less than 12 feet in width and no occupied travel trailer or other form of temporary-type living units shall be permitted in a mobile home park.

§ 214-14 Supervision of premises.

A. 
The licensee or permittee, or a duly authorized attendant or caretaker, shall be in charge at all times to keep the mobile home park, its facilities and equipment in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition. The attendant or caretaker shall be answerable, with the licensee or permittee, for the violation of any provision of this chapter to which the licensee or permittee is subject. It shall be the duty of the licensee of any such park:
(1) 
To provide for the collection and removal of garbage and any other waste material.
(2) 
To prohibit the placing or storage of unsightly materials or vehicles of any kind.
(3) 
To provide for cleaning, painting, repairing and disinfecting of all buildings.
(4) 
To take such other measures which shall be deemed necessary by the Sullivan County Department of Health and the Code Enforcement Officer to preserve the health, comfort and safety of all persons accommodated in the park and of the general public.
(5) 
To report to the Sullivan County Department of Health all cases of communicable diseases or suspected cases of communicable diseases affecting any inmate of the park.
(6) 
To prevent the committing of any nuisance on the park premises and to report immediately to the proper authorities all acts of a disorderly character committed by any person or persons inside of the park and, to that end, to maintain proper policing thereof.
(7) 
When the park is not under full public fire protection of the Town, to provide adequate protection by a standard system of yard hydrants and hose houses, or a standard compliment of extinguishers on wheels so located that all mobile homes shall be within 300 feet of an extinguisher; in either case supplemented by an adequate supply of such first-aid hand fire extinguishers suitable for use on flammable liquid fires as may be required by the size of the park.
(8) 
To provide at least one standard fire alarm box, depending upon the size of the park, connected with the Town fire alarm system, or, in the absence of such system, suitable telephone facilities accessible at all times.
(9) 
To provide standard watchmen and clock supervision when the park is not under police protection.
(10) 
To provide underground storage and handling of gasoline.
(11) 
To comply with the National Electrical Code with respect to electric wiring and equipment. The park operator shall provide at each unit a means for connecting the mobile home frame grounding terminal to an effective ground when outside current is provided.
B. 
The word "standard" as used herein refers to equipment, systems or modes of installation in compliance with the applicable regulations of the National Fire Protection Association.

§ 214-15 Revocation of license.

The Code Enforcement Officer may revoke any license to maintain and operate a park when the licensee has been found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction of violating any provision of this chapter. After such conviction, the license shall be reissued if the circumstances leading to conviction have been remedied and the park is being maintained and operated in full compliance with law.

§ 214-16 Display of license or permit.

The license certificate or temporary permit shall be conspicuously posted in the office of or on the premises of the mobile home park at all times.

§ 214-17 Penalties for offenses.

Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.