Town of Dennis, MA
Barnstable County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Dennis 5-7-1937 Special Town Meeting, Art. 23. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Tenting and camping — See Ch. 138, Art. III.
Tents — See Ch. 161.
Trailers and trailer parks — See Ch. 169.
Zoning — See Ch. 191.
For the purpose of this ordinance, certain words and phrases are defined and certain provisions shall be construed as herein set out, unless it shall be apparent from the context that a different meaning is intended:
OVERNIGHT CABIN, TENT and AUTOMOBILE TRAILER
Any building, tent or structure, house car or automobile trailer used for or adaptable to use for living quarters.
TOURIST CAMP AND PARK SITE
Any place where two (2) or more overnight cabins, tents or trailers are located or any premises designed or intended for the purpose of supplying to the public a location for overnight cabins, so-called, tents or trailers.
UNIT
A section of ground in any tourist camp used or designed for use as a location for a single overnight cabin, house car, tent or trailer.
No tourist camp or trailer parking site shall be permitted to be located upon any land, park or beach land owned or controlled by the Town of Dennis, except on such spaces as shall be especially provided for the same.
No unit shall contain less than six hundred (600) square feet in area, and no unit shall be permitted to accommodate more than one (1) overnight cabin, tent or trailer. The provisions of this section shall not, however, be construed to prohibit any property owner, residing upon his land, from accommodating auto trailers of nonpaying guests; nor shall they be construed as abrogating the right of any property owner to erect overnight cabins, as they are commonly known, under the above unit rules and under such sanitary restrictions as the town may establish. In such cases, permits must be obtained. (See § 164-4.)
It shall be unlawful for any person to establish or maintain or to permit to be established or maintained upon any property owned or controlled by him a tourist camp in the Town of Dennis unless there exists a valid permit therefor granted by the Board of Selectmen and existing in compliance with the provisions of this ordinance. The application for such a permit shall be accompanied by plans of the proposed or existing tourist camp, showing the location of all buildings, driveways, toilet facilities, baths, laundry facilities, slop sinks and other improvements, and such permit may be granted to anyone meeting the requirements as outlined. A minimum annual permit fee of ten dollars ($10.) per ten (10) units or fraction thereof of tourist camp shall be paid before such permit shall be issued.
A. 
All tourist camp units shall be provided with a minimum for each sex of one (1) toilet and one (1) bathtub or shower for every ten (10) units or fraction thereof and a two-compartment laundry tub, a slop sink and a wash basin with running water for every ten (10) units or fraction thereof.
B. 
No dry or chemical toilet closets shall be installed or used within the limits of any tourist camp site, and all such closets shall be sealed while within the limits of the Town of Dennis.
A sufficient number of tightly covered cans for garbage disposal shall be installed. Garbage so collected shall be deposited in the town garbage disposal area daily by the management.
It shall be unlawful to remain or live in any tourist camp for more than ninety (90) days in any six-month period, excepting, of course, bona fide employees.
The manager of every tourist camp shall require all persons using the same to register their name, home address and car license number. Such record shall be available at all times for inspection by the Police Department.
Every tourist camp shall be adequately lighted by electricity.
The Board of Selectmen and/or the Board of Health of the Town of Dennis shall have the power to promulgate rules and regulations for the enforcement of the provisions of this ordinance.