[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Chester 4-3-1980 as Ch. XI of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DEPENDENT TRAILER COACH
- A trailer coach which does not have a toilet and a bath or shower.
- DEPENDENT TRAILER COACH SPACE
- A trailer coach space which is designed to accommodate a dependent trailer coach and does not have sewer and water connections to accommodate a toilet and a bath or shower in a trailer coach.
- INDEPENDENT TRAILER COACH
- A trailer coach that has a toilet and a bath or shower.
- INDEPENDENT TRAILER COACH SPACE
- A trailer coach space which has sewer and water connections designed to accommodate the toilet and bath or shower contained in an independent trailer coach.
- MULTIPLE DWELLINGS
- Any structure designed and intended to accommodate more than one family and shall include but is not limited to duplex buildings, group houses and apartment buildings.
- NATURAL OR ARTIFICIAL BARRIER
- Any river, pond, canal, railroad, levee, embankment, fence or hedge.
- Trailer coach park.
- Any natural individual, firm, trust, partnership, association or corporation.
- TRAILER COACH
- Any portable structure or vehicle so constructed and designed as to permit occupancy thereof for dwelling or sleeping purposes.
- TRAILER COACH PARK
- Any plot of ground upon which two or more trailer coaches, occupied for dwelling or sleeping purposes, are located, regardless of whether or not a charge is made for such accommodation.
- TRAILER COACH SPACE
- A plot of ground within a trailer coach park designed for the accommodation of one trailer coach.
It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain or operate within the limits of the borough any trailer coach park unless such person shall first obtain a license therefor. All trailer coach parks in existence upon the effective date of this chapter shall within 90 days thereafter obtain such license, and in all other respects comply fully with the requirements of this chapter.
[Amended by Ord. No. 81-9; Ord. No. 96-06]
The license fee for a trailer park shall be as established in Chapter 127, Fees.
Applications for a trailer coach park license shall be filed with and issued by the Mayor and Council. Applications shall be in writing signed by the applicant and shall contain the following:
The name and address of the applicant.
The location and legal description of the trailer coach park.
Plans and specifications of all buildings and other improvements constructed or to be constructed within the trailer coach park.
Such further information as may be requested by the Mayor and Council to enable it to determine if the proposed park will comply with legal requirements.
The application and all accompanying plans and specifications shall be filed in triplicate. The Mayor and Council or its duly authorized agent or agents shall inspect the proposed plans and specifications. If the proposed trailer coach park will be in compliance with all provisions of this chapter and all other applicable ordinances or statutes, the Mayor and Council shall approve the application and upon completion of the park according to the plans shall issue the license.
The trailer coach park shall conform to the following requirements:
The park shall be located on a well-drained site, properly graded to ensure rapid drainage and freedom from stagnant pools of water.
Trailer coach spaces shall be provided consisting of a minimum of 1,800 square feet for each space which shall be at least 30 feet wide and clearly defined. Trailer coaches shall be so harbored on each space that there shall be at least a twenty-foot clearance between trailer coaches. No trailer coach shall be located closer than 25 feet to any property line bounding the park.
All trailer coach spaces shall abut upon a driveway of not less than 20 feet in width which shall have unobstructed access to a public street, alley or highway. All driveways shall be gravel surfaced, well marked in the daytime and lighted at night with 25 watt lamps at intervals of 50 feet located approximately 15 feet from the ground.
Walkways not less than three feet wide shall be provided from the trailer coach spaces to the service buildings. The walkways shall be hard surfaced, well marked in the daytime and lighted at night with 25 watt lamps at intervals of 50 feet located approximately 15 feet from the ground.
Each park shall provide service buildings to house toilet facilities, bathing facilities, laundry facilities and other sanitary facilities as hereinafter more particularly prescribed.
An electrical outlet supplying at least 220 volts shall be provided for each trailer coach space.
Each boundary of the park must be at least 150 feet from any permanent residential building located outside the park, unless a majority of the property owners according to area within the 150 feet, consent in writing to the establishment of the park.
An adequate supply of pure water for drinking and domestic purposes shall be supplied to meet the requirements of the park. The water supply shall be obtained from faucets only. No common drinking cups shall be permitted. Cold water supply faucets shall be located on each trailer coach space. An adequate supply of hot water shall be provided at all times in the service building for bathing, washing and laundry facilities.
Each park shall be provided with toilets, baths or showers, slop sinks and other sanitation facilities which shall conform to the following requirements:
Toilet facilities for men and women shall be either in separate buildings at least 20 feet apart or shall be separated, if in the same building, by a soundproof wall.
Toilet facilities for women shall consist of not less than one flush toilet for every 10 dependent trailer coach spaces, one shower or bath tub for every 10 dependent trailer coach spaces, and one lavatory for every 20 dependent trailer coach spaces. Each toilet, shower and bath tub shall be in a private compartment.
Toilet facilities for men shall consist of not less than one flush toilet for every 10 dependent trailer coach spaces, one shower or bath tub for every five dependent trailer coach spaces, one lavatory for every five dependent trailer coach spaces. Each toilet, shower and bath tub shall be in a private compartment.
A dependent trailer coach may be parked on an independent trailer coach space, but in such event such space shall be regarded as being a dependent trailer coach space during the period of such occupancy by a dependent trailer coach for the purpose of determining compliance with the provisions of Subsection B and C of this section.
Service buildings housing the toilet facilities shall be permanent structures complying with all applicable ordinances and statutes regulating buildings electrical installations and plumbing and sanitation systems, and shall be located not closer than 10 feet nor farther than 200 feet from any dependent trailer coach space.
Each service building shall contain at least one slop sink for each sex located in a separate compartment.
The service buildings shall be well lighted at all times of the day and night, shall be well ventilated with screened openings, shall be constructed of such moistureproof material, including painted woodwork, as shall permit repeated cleaning and washing, and shall be maintained at a temperature of at least 68° Fahrenheit during the period from October 1 to May 1. The floors of the service buildings shall be of water impervious material and shall slope to a floor drain connected with the sewage system.
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 or constitute a nuisance.
The laundry facilities shall be provided in the ratio of one double laundry tub and ironing board for every 10 trailer coach spaces. An electrical outlet supplying current sufficient to operate an iron shall be located conveniently near the ironing board. Drying spaces shall be provided sufficient to accommodate the laundry of the trailer coach occupants. The service building housing the laundry facilities shall be a permanent structure complying with all applicable ordinances and statutes regulating buildings, electrical installations and plumbing and sanitation systems.
Waste from showers, bath tubs, toilets, slop sinks and laundries shall be discharged into a public sewer system in compliance with applicable ordinances or into a private sewer and disposal plant or septic tank system or such construction and in such manner as will present no health hazard. All kitchen sinks, washbasins, bath or shower tubs in any trailer coach harbored in any park may empty into a sanitary sink drain located on the trailer coach space.
Tightly covered metal garbage cans shall be provided in quantities adequate to permit disposal of all garbage and rubbish. Garbage cans shall be located not further than 200 feet from any trailer coach space. Garbage cans shall be kept upon a concrete slab in a screened enclosure containing a self-closing door. The cans and enclosure shall be kept in sanitary condition at all times. Garbage and rubbish shall be collected and disposed of as frequently as may be necessary to ensure that the garbage cans shall not overflow.
Every park shall be equipped at all times with one fire extinguisher in good working order for every five trailer coach spaces located no farther than 200 feet from each trailer coach space. No open fires shall be permitted at any place which would endanger life or property. No fires shall be left unattended at any time.
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 trailer coach park.
It shall be the duty of the licensee to keep a register containing a record of all trailer coach owners and occupants located within the park. The register shall contain the following information:
Name and address of each occupant.
The make, model and year of all automobiles and trailer coaches.
License number and owner of each trailer coach and automobile by which it is towed.
The state issuing such license.
The dates of arrival and departure of each trailer coach.
The park shall keep the register available for inspection, at all times, by law enforcement officers, public health officials and other 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.
The Mayor and Council 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 provisions of this chapter. After such conviction, the license may be reissued if the circumstances leading to conviction have been remedied and the park is being maintained and operated in full compliance with law.
The license certificate shall be conspicuously posted in the office of or on the premises of the trailer coach park at all times.
Any person violating any of the terms of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $100 for each offense in the discretion of the magistrate. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.